Cartoons by Charles D. Gibson

Cartoons by Charles D. Gibson

Did you know that Charles Dana Gibson drew characterchures and cartoons? From these sketches, it seems that he was quite the observer of every day life in Victorian and Edwardian America. These men and women in his drawings have personality, maybe slightly stereotypical, but nobody was spared from his pen. A factory girl, an elderly couple, a hostess, a strike breaker, boat passengers, train passengers, women watching a matinee, men watching a baseball game, a lady putting hat pins in (“Dangerous”)… snippets and sketched comedy of the people you’d meet in Turn of the Century America!

One that particularly draws my attention is “Sisters”. A very plain modestly dressed woman sitting next to a socialite in high fashion, sitting next to a nun, sitting next to a very poor woman.

These were on a CD that my boyfriend’s dad gave me of scans that he originally made for some research project.

About The Author

Jessica Kay Murray

Professional WordPress nerd. Lover of all things older than me. I am fascinated by early 1900s labor and feminist history, and have a sporadic addiction to reading nonfiction about those things on Archive.org. I scan old photographs and ephemera when I get really super bored. On Etsy I sell vintage clothing that I got as part of an interesting trade deal a few years ago.

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