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Beauties of Yesteryear: The Brinkley Girls

Friday 03.16.2012 , Posted by
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What do Prudence Prim, Flossie, Gloriette, Dimples, Pretty Polly and Sunny Sue have in common? They’re all 1920′s illustrated heroines by artist Nell Brinkley. Brinkley’s artistic career, spanning the 1910s to the 1940s, largely involved her producing action-packed weekly illustrated serials for newspapers like The American Weekly. She also illustrated quite a few advertisements for hair wavers and bob curlers.

Brinkley’s work was influenced by the silent films of her time. Her long legged, curly-haired, mascara-drenched flappers practically narrated every story with their body language, never mind the fluffy type provided below. If you look close enough, a great deal of expression can be found in her subjects’ hands alone. Brinkley’s precise pen work and bold washes of color have perfectly captured the best in 1920′s fashion of that era.

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Shawn Saleme

Written by Shawn Saleme



Shawn Saleme is a full time writer for Visual News. Having traveled to over 50 countries, his international escapades continue to influence his writing and perspective. When not in a foreign territory, he makes his home in his native San Francisco Bay Area. Become friends with him on Facebook and invite him to share drinks and stories with you.

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