He soon started to add his own humorous verses, and his cartoons became longer and more elaborate; he can be regarded as the father of the modern comic strip, and wherever an Englishman would quote Lewis Carroll's "Alice", a German is likely to quote Busch.
Although famous in his later years, he lived quite withdrawn and despised the fuss he thought was made about him. The "Hermit of Wiedensahl" died a confirmed bachelor on January 9, 1908, but his slapstick humour and his unforgettable characters live on forever.
You can see the words Weihnachten 1960 (meaning Christmas 1960) and on the right side Anni Bathelt, my dad's aunt - my great aunt, that gave it to him and now it's mine.
And here's s little poem and caricature about a dance party at the pond:
Ein luftig Tanzvergnügen.
Der Frosch, der denkt: Nur munter!
Ihr kommt schon noch herunter!
The flies are dancing high above
The frog thinks: Make merry!
You'll be down here soon enough!
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