Robbins' coffee-table-sized book compiles a bunch of breathtaking cartoons Nell Brinkley drew for Hearst newspapers. The images are sexy, glamorous, colorful -- Brinkley clearly appreciated and understood her subjects, and some of her work made me feel as if I were stepping right into the flapper era.
Brinkley wrote several popular serial stories to accompany her illustrations, too. Among them was one about a woman named Golden Eyes, whose husband is sent off to war. In the romance Betty and Billy, the two lovers gaze into a crystal ball and see their past lives together.
Nell Brinkley is one of those women I feel like I should have learned about in college, but for some reason, she was overlooked. Her artwork demands appreciation. At the height of her popularity, you could find "Brinkley Girls" in the Ziegfeld Follies and women copying her style.
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