Not so with Bolles. The truth was that Bolles had an obsession about getting hands just right. I heard the story of how he once grew so frustrated with how a model model held her cigarette, that as soon as he got home he had his son-in-law pose so he could get it just right. Funny thing, not only was his son-in-law a non-smoker, he was a National champion bicyclist. No cigarette had ever touched his lips before his debut as a Film Fun model.
Bolles had his standard hand poses that he returned to over and over, just as he often relied on variations of the "L" pose described in the previous post. His two favorites were the standard raised pinky, and the "E" where the middle and ring finger rested together but the index and pinky were splayed apart. To me, this is Bolles' hidden signature and depending on its orientation looks a lot like the E or B he used to to initial covers back in the 1920s. Why Bolles lavished so much attention into is unknown, but clearly the effort added a lot to his compositions. So how about giving a hand to our favorite pin-up artist.