Christy, Howard Chandler (illus).
New York. Gray Lith. Co., Copyright 1912.
Cover board and three sheets (of four) from 1913 calendar with three months per sheet, chromolithographic illustrations 16 x 12 inches tipped onto sheets 24 x 17 inches. Rubbing and edgewear to front cover board (rear cover not included); 2 holes punched to top of each calendar sheet as issued; edgewear to calendar sheets including creasing, tears up to 1 inch, and paper loss to corners of October-November-December sheet; light soiling and toning to calendar sheet edges. Tipped-on lithographs are in very good condition and worthy of framing. Three of the original four sheets are present, each with a color lithographic print of an elegant young couple. April-May-June features the print "Doubles Preferred", which depicts a tennis-playing pair. July-August-September has "The Vacation Proposal" (the lady looks uncertain), and October-November-December features a couple who appear to be having a serious conversation while pretending to be bobbing for apples in "Halloween".
Howard Chandler Christy (1872-1952) was a major figure in the Golden Age of Illustration. He was a combat artist during the Spanish–American War but eventually switched to painting beautiful women, creating the Gibson Girl's successor, the Christy Girl. From the Pritzker Military Museum and Library:
"With industrialization and consumerism for parents, the 'Christy Girl' archetype was inherently patriotic. She first appeared in advertising campaigns which ran in newly invented mass circulating magazines. She was young, white, middle class, educated and a benchmark of style. Caught somewhere between a child and a woman, she flirted with her admirers and delayed marriage into her early twenties. The envy of older women, she was healthful, fun, and alluring. Free to express herself, she was both suggestive and pure." Item #56723