Gary W. Clark


Release Date: April 27, 2017

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Now and Then (Click for larger)

Back Cover, Lessons From The Gibson Girl

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Gibson Girl Stamp

Gibson Girl Stamp - 1998

Gibson Man

Gibson Man



Lessons From The Gibson Girl – Her Quest for Equality, Justice, and Love

The Gibson Girl - An Influential Character

Lessons From The Gibson Girl looks at a man who raised interest in women's and social issues, influencing all of society with his subtle, yet sometimes blunt, nudging of men and women to be fair and honest. He gave voice to women's issues and feminism in the late 1880s and early 1900s, and was a champion of the young and disadvantaged. Appearing weekly in Life, Collier's, and other magazines, he was a force to be reckoned with, though his influence was clever. His was the power of the pen, and a humorous one at that. His work is an important slice of Women's Studies and history of the era, including the crucial period preceding passage of the 19th Amendment. Then and Now brings the past to the present and illuminates the timeless parallels.



Charles Dana Gibson the Illustrator

Charles Dana Gibson is most recognized as the creator of the Gibson Girl, an illustrated icon around the turn of the 20th century. His cartoons were filled with meaning and values that were on the leading edge of many social issues. Yet, sometimes a cartoon was just a cartoon – meant to entertain the reader and put a smile on their face.

Then and Now traces Charles Dana Gibson's thought-provoking satirical artwork as he captured the admiration of both men and women with seductive humor for more than thirty years. Not a biography of Gibson, this book is an analysis of his satire and a view of over 250 illustrations of the humor and art he wielded to lampoon society from his first cartoons in the Victorian 1880s through the rowdy 1920s.

Twelve chapters bring Gibson's cartoons and the world around him to life, including family, friends, and his personal journey. The Table of Contents include:

  • Introduction - Hooked on Gibson
  • Ch 1. - Imagination and Wit
  • Ch. 2 - Becoming the Artist
  • Ch. 3 - American Society
  • Ch. 4 - The Gibson Girl
  • Ch. 5 - The Gibson Man
  • Ch. 6 - Rise to Fame
  • Ch 7. - Lessons Gallery
  • Ch. 8 - A Real Gibson Girl
  • Ch. 9 - Pursuing a Dream
  • Ch. 10 - Noir et Blanc
  • Ch. 11 - Gibson Girl Goes to War
  • Ch. 12. - Life Moves On
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Eternal Question (1905)

The 1895 cartoon of 'The Coming Games' in Chapter 4 was a metaphor for women participating and succeeding in all quarters of society. The girl's determined look and the boy's alarm are priceless examples of emotion Gibson drew with his pen.(Nov 21, 1895, Life)

Charles Dana Gibson Illustration: The Coming Game

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His cartoons sometimes held clear messages - fighting for equal jury duty along with the right to vote.

Jury of the Future by C. D. Gibson

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And then, sometimes a cartoon was just a cartoon. Chapter 7 includes a gallery of more than one hundred cartoons covering nearly every aspect of life.

Fine Dog Illustration by C. D. Gibson

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Lessons From The Gibson Girl is published in a unique format (8.5" x 8.5") that lets the quality of C. D. Gibson's drawings come to life. Its 280 pages tells the story of him and his era, and showcases his engaging cartoons.