Monday, October 21, 2013

October 21: Reptile Awareness Day

Our Bolles girl is the embodiment of reptile awareness.  This image appeared on the February 1924, the year Bolles took over as sole cover artist for Film Fun. It was a very inventive period for Enoch and he produced several other gangbuster covers that year.  While it may seem that scaly creatures would make anything but an endearing prop for pinups, Bolles revisited the reptile theme several more times during his career.  He not only pulled another croc out of his alligator suitcase of props but also employed snakes and turtles. In fact he did more covers with reptiles than with puppies.

While our flapper has a bad case of herpetophobia the Bolles girl on the right certainly isn't shedding any tears over her pet crocodile. The image was used in a series of ink blotters featuring artwork by Bolles but as far as I know was never appeared on the cover of a magazine.

And to finish on a high note, here's a charmer whose seriously wrapped up with serpent awareness. 


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