Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Happy Valentine's Day from Enoch Bolles


Happy Valentine's day courtesy of our man Enoch!  This is his earliest Heart cover theme and by far the most--dare I say--unappetizing. Strange yes, but it follows a theme that several other pretty girl illustrators were pursuing at the time; the helpless little man whose fate hinges on the whims of an indifferent flapper. Here's another even earlier example from a 1923 Film Fun. Clearly, she loves him not.  Either these guys were forced into extinction or Bolles bored of the theme because by 1925 they were no longer spotted again on the covers of any of the magazines that Enoch's art graced.