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Gibson Girls: the early years

I am in love with the early 1900s illustrations and commentary of Charles Dana Gibson. Some of his more recognizable and famous illustrations are of the “Gibson Girls.” I recently found a published collection of his art work at a local thrift shop and thoroughly enjoy flipping through the pages and narratives of his characters. The captions are priceless.

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FORE!
The American girl to all the world

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PICTURESQUE AMERICA
Anywhere in the mountains.

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THE TURNING OF THE TIDE

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PLENTY OF GOOD FISH IN THE SEA

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SCHOOL DAYS.

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SHE LOOKS FOR RELIEF AMONG SOME OF THE OLD ONES.

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OF COURSE THERE ARE MERMAIDS.

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PICTURESQUE AMERICA
Anywhere along the coast.

The portrayals make me smile so big! Gibson has drawn upon some great themes, especially of the time, much more than what I have displayed here. His art actually reminds me of a could-be scene from an F. Scott Fitzgerald tale.

I hope they sent a smile your way as well!

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  1. Barbara Cowley

    Lovely, and they did make me smile….I love the era!

    Barbara

  2. I love these. They’re so charmingly feminine.

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