I stumbled into an internet rabbit hole after last week’s Boardwalk Empire and it led me to Gibson Girls, illustrator Charles Gibson’s lady subjects from the early 1900s. I love them.
These two are my favorites. I’ve been meaning to get a new tattoo for awhile and I wouldn’t be surprised if the one above ends up adorning my body as early as next week.
The “Gibson Girl” is probably the best remembered of the artist’s images. With her hair piled atop her head and a waist so tiny as to defy belief, the Gibson Girl represented a serene self-confidence that could surmount any problem. The envy of all who knew her, the Gibson Girl remained aloof of her surroundings but not to the extent of haughtiness. She was at once remote but yet accessible. The “Gibson Man,” equally as handsome and self-assured as the Gibson Girl, provided her perfect partner. The Gibson Girl and the Gibson Man in some ways represent the “Barbie and Ken” dolls of the early 1900s as icons of popular Culture.