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Los Angeles herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1900-1911, December 03, 1905, Image 29

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HAS Los Angeles a Gibson girl, and
If bo, who In she?
This Ib an exceedingly perti
nent question Just now, iib the creator
of thlfl particular elongated and angu
lar style of femininity has announced
that ho has deserted his first love and
■will seek new Inspiration and beauty
ncrofls the seas. '
So far us la known, Charles Dana
Olbson never eamo to Lob Angeles to
see the manner of girl wo grow here,
but had he It Is quite likely that he
would have found that his own con
ception, which has been the standard
lor womankind In the east for a dec
ade, was far outclassed In the actuality
born and reared 'neath California's
golden sun.
There Is no use disparaging the Gib
son girl, per bo. In the novels and
the picture books she Is a seemly crea
ture, withal, aiid goodly to look upon.
She holds her head high, with a certain
patrician grace and hauteur, and her
pose and aplomb are beyond cavil. She
Is stunning rather than chic; compel
ling rather than lovable. One cannot
imagine her twining her tendrils about
the stubborn heart of a man, and win
ning his hand by sheer lovablllty; If
she secure him it is with a lasso, nnd
the insistent power of the tiuperior be
ing. She is a Juno rathor than a Hebe;
a Minerva, not a Venus.
Now there be men who like this sort
of maid, and who fall In love with
her — or rather at her. She wins them,
and domineers over them all their born
days. That Is always the way It was
in the stories that Gibson Illustrated.
But the Gibson girl in real life — that's
another proposition. There be artlstB —
and this is not saying that Gibson isn't
an artist, further than that he now an
nounces that he ' Is going, abroad to
"study. art," which is odd in one who
has made $65,000 a year out of what
we crude Americans have termed that
same thing— there be artists then who
claim that the Gibson girl Is impossible
In real life. They say that she Isn't
anatomically feasible.
Of course, that is for anatomists to
discuss, and is not pertinent here. But
the'fact remains that the Gibson girl,
if brought to life, would Inevitably be
some seven feet or more tall and slen
der: as a lily stem.
: The average man demands something
more than supreme height in his lady
love. He wants a bit of shape be
sides the slender grace of a Illy stem,
beautiful an that is, aesthetically con
Hence and therefore — admitting the
force and truth of all this argument
atlveness—the Gibson girl In actuality
in not (|ulte the desirable creature —
•■presuming that she exists— that she
Is pictured.
Having thus Hummarlly disposed of
the product of Gibson's pen, and ad
mitting that ,he has been graduated
from future production of her, the
question remains: Have we a Gibson
girl in Los Angeles?
The general consensus of opinion
among photographers and artists is
Los Angeles
that tho typical Los Angeles girl Is
Hot of the Gibson stripe; Bhe 19 too
swept and lovable nnrt nunshlny nnd
cuddlesomo* A Gibson girl carries the
ulr of frigidity and stand-off-lsh-ness;
a Los Angeles girl Is warm and hearty
tind generally approachable.
Therefore, say these gentlemen, we
have not a typical Gibson girl, sul gen
eris, In Los Angeles. And they gener
ally add, sotto voce: "Thank God!"
"Tnke the recent brides ns a good
example," said a lending artist last
week. "They are typical; ,they stand
'with reluctant feet where the brook
and river moet,' and certainly" among
them we will find the Gibson girl, If
"'Hut do we?.
"Not at all.
"Let me cite a few. There Is Mrs.
Warren Carhart — I am not strictly
confining myself to recent brides now,
but am mentioning some women I
know, who represent their sex In this
city with all due credit. Take Mrs.
Cnrhart; she Isn't Olbsonjsh, Is she?
And Mrs. Arthur Van Nordon— look
at her, and do you think of a seven
footer? Hardly! Mrs. John O, Mott
Is another damn de socleto — how about
her Glbßon style? Never! Mrs, A. D.
Warner— she isn't In the Olbson cate
gory; she's quite superior. Mrs. Hugh
Stewart — no, guess again. My good
friend Mrs. John Van Gleson Posey
— would you dare put her In that cold
and clammy coterie? Nay, 'nay!
"No, take 'em all In all, Los Angeles
women are quite In a class of their
"No unmarried women? Well, well:
But I'll only cite one; she must do
for all— and a better exemplar you
couldn't find. Miss Formosa Hender
son! Ah! Think of Gibson depleting
her grace and beauty In cold black
nnd white!
"I tell you, we give Charles Dana
cards and spades on girls. The fault
with him is that he never came out
here and met the real article Per
haps when ho perfects himself In real
art, he will come — and do -her Jus
tice." ■'.-<.
This dictum should be considered
final. When one brother. artist passes
Judgment on another brother artist,
there Is no appeal.
Hence, again, and therefore: We havn
no Gibson girls in Los Angeles — un
less they be imported. ; ■
And we're glad of It.
We have our own sort of beauty In
womankind, and It Is such that even
Olbson would have sat up and taken
notice had he ever been fortunate
enough to horn come here to feast his
eyes on real girlish loveliness. ■ -'■•
Certainly the examples quoted by the
artist amply prove his argument— as
this page certifies. :
All of which, being duly considered
nnd pusßed upon, the case may there-
Core be termed a closed Incident, It
being now reduced to an "Irreducible
minimum," and thus It endeth.
"I've got a sure thing proposition to
make to you," said the youngster pro
moter, confidently. "Absolutely sure?"
asked, the old millionaire. "No doubt
nbout It?" "Then keep it yourself, my
boy 1 , I should . hate to . tuke . anything
like that from you. (It would' seem like
robbery "— t>eti oit Free press. •.
D^ c t 9 oa
Bha laid she'd love to be a child and cam
bol on the green,
And the fellow who had marked nor for
his own
Bald: - "Yes, indeed, it would bo nice, 1
then, added thoughtlessly : *.••., -.;
',' "It costs y too ' much ' to gambl* > on ' the
green when one Is grown."
. : — aou«tQn :| pQßt.
"You »ay you object to tho sound of < ;
my daughter's pluylng. I want you
to understand, air,, that, the piano she'
plays Is valued ut JlooO.".' "Well.ilf *':■
your . daughter . would . play , on It ; us ' -
you . pay , for it— in small v Installments <
—I • wouldn't ' have v word to *<iy,"— •
Cle viiautl Plain . Dealer. ;

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