Girl reading with her pet deer in Beverly Hills, CA - 1927
Illustrator Nell Brinkley and a little friend - 1908
In 1907, at the tender age of twenty-two, Nell Brinkley came to New York to draw for the Hearst syndicate. Within a year, she had become a household name. Flo Ziegfeld dressed his dancers as “Brinkley Girls,” in the Ziegfeld Follies. Three popular songs were written about her. Women, aspiring to the masses of curly hair with which Nell adorned her creations, could buy Nell Brinkley Hair Curlers for ten cents a card. Young girls cut out and saved her drawings, copied them, colored them, and pasted them in scrapbooks. The Brinkley Girls took over from the Gibson Girls.
I think I mentioned in December that my holiday project was going to be making blankets for animals in shelters - it was a lot of fun, and they were all made in time for Christmas. This is Eleanor, with one of the ones I made, and she now has a great home in Ankeny, Iowa where she showed up homeless in the parking lot of an office there right before the holidays. She is now the officlal office kitty, and is beloved by all the workers there - she even sits in on board meetings and atttends office parties. It makes me sooooo happy to see her enjoying her new blankie! She’s soooooo pretty!