Sunday, February 14, 2021

Happy Valentine's Day from Enoch Bolles


Here's one of only a handful of Valentine themed covers. It's from 1928 and most count among Enoch's most charming. Redirect your eyes to just above the masthead you'll spot the 'twice a month'. Starting in 928, Film Fun moved to a bi-weekly bi-weekly publication. Sadly for us Bolles fans, the magazine returned to a monthly before the end of 1929, most likely because of the stock market crash. Think of all those covers that could have been...      

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Louise Brooks was born 114 years ago today

Beginning in 1928 our man Bolles debuted a series of Film Fun covers depicting some of the leading actresses of the silver screen.But several years earlier in Snappy Stories a number of covers featured a Bolles girl that bore a remarkable resemblance to perhaps the most notorious screen presence of the roaring twenties, Louise Brooks. I chose this from the half-dozen or so covers that featured her likeness. It's not in the best shape but it is a great example and a hard to find issue. And there's an additional Bolles connection. The featured  cover story is one of Vina Delmar's earliest publications. Five years later her novel, Bad Girl was adapted for the silver screen. Who did the poster for the marque, none other than Enoch Bolles. 


Friday, October 30, 2020

Tomorrow is Halloween: Trick or Treat!

Our Bolles girl had to improvise a costume at the last minute, but that mask can't hide her incandescent smile. 

Sunday, July 5, 2020

July 5 is Bikini Day: Bolles has it (un)covered!

This isn't the first time we've celebrated our man Enoch's take on the Bikini, and it would be almost sinful to let this special day fade into the sunset without featuring a Bolles girl getting all the sun she can. This classy cover from a 1936 issue of Breezy Stories and it predates its official debut by exactly a decade. Granted, her Bikini bottom is on the demure side but keep in mind that in the 1930's the mere flash of a belly button would arouse the decency leagues. It was only the below the counter mags that flouted the 'naval blockade'.

And if you need additional evidence paste your peepers on an even earlier cover from 1934 Bolles painted for Tattle Tales. What do you think?  Did he invent the thong too? 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

June 18 is Bartender Day!

Our high spirited Bolles girl is showing off more than just her tulle!  She's got some serious moves with her Boston shaker. Bolles often borrowed props from the liquor cabinet, but it wasn't his. Not one for either the sauce or smokes, you have to wonder who his girls got all their bad habits from. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

May 6 is National Golf Day!

It's not just the eagle-eyed fans who appreciate this Bolles birdie teeing up. But while we all agree she certainly makes the cut, that outfit and shoes are going to handicap her from reaching par.  So let's give her kudos though for her ability keep that grip on the ball. I'd call that a real hat trick. And if there was a prize for pinup artists Enoch would win the Masters!