George Barbier Sends a Few Rays of Sunshine to Brighten your Day

The illustrations of George Barbier evoke the joy of life!   Costumes Parisiens, 1913.   Le Fue [The Fire], 1925

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A Gibson Girl Valentine from 1907!

On Valentine’s Day, 1907, Miss Lillian Moore of St. Louis received this rather salacious unsigned Valentine from a suitor. At least, it seems salacious for a young Edwardian lady to receive. Wouldn’t the neighbors gossip? I wonder if Miss Lillian Moore even knew who sent this Valentine? After all, there’s no message or signature. Perhaps…

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Charles Dana Gibson and his Gibson Girls

The last two posts have been about Evelyn Nesbit, and although there’s at least one more to go, I want to take a slight detour and talk about the Gibson Girls! The Gibson Girls are the invention of Charles Dana Gibson, an American illustrator. His illustrations appeared in the 1890s, and by the turn of the…

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