Monday, January 4, 2010

Back to the Beach

It was just a few posts ago where I was speculating about the origin of the lovely lady adorning the cover of a 1941 issue of Young's Magazine. Well since then I was doing some "house cleaning" and what did I come across but a clipped cover from a 1935 issue of Breezy Stories, featuring our girl in her original outfit and as you've undoubtedly noticed, a different beach companion. Not that I can tell whether it's a Loggerhead or Hawksbill but Bolles did use the Girl on a Turtle theme for at least one other cover (a 1937 issue of Gay Parisienne).
Aside from the turtle the cover is notable for the signature, added by the engraver. Several other covers of Breezy Stories, all from 1935 have the added signature as well as a cover art credit for Bolles on the title page, which an acknowledgement even Film Fun never afforded Bolles. This version of the cover was used again as a closeup in a 1938 issue of Breezy. I'm sure Bolles didn't get a dime extra for it and I doubt whether he got anything for the remake either. By 1940 Painter Publications was using recycled Bolles' covers for virtually every issue of Young's Magazine. The puzzle is why is this one different, and in such a special way.


Daniel [] said...

Perhaps the suit and foot-wear of the 1935 cover were felt to be to removed from what was fashionable in 1941, or positioned badly with respect to a changed evelope of "good" taste. (The later image of course exposes toes and midriff, while covering more of her breasts.)

Jack R said...

I noticed that too. A lot of Bolles paintings look pretty innocent until you take a second peek at the cleavage. Bare mid-riffs were a huge no-no in the 1930's and there never was a single Film Fun cover displaying a navel. I don't know if there were any proscriptions against toes back then or not.