19th and 21st Centuries Collide!

I joined Pinterest recently (I know, I know, I’m behind the times. But hey, I write an antiquarian blog so that’s my excuse) and I just realized that many of the “some e-cards” use a Gibson girl as a picture.

One of Charles Gibson’s sketches

Funny Confession Ecard: You incomplete me.


Funny Flirting Ecard: You make me not want to kill myself.

It’s really funny to me how the images have resurfaced in the deliberately rude and harsh, “you can’t say that out-loud” humor of some e-cards. The Gibson Girl challenged earlier 19th century notions of femininity and propriety, and now the same images are put to use to lampoon the schmaltzy sentimentalism of Hallmark greetings. The Gibson Girl was a bit shocking for her day, but of course these captions would never have been published in the 19th and early 20th century fashion magazines that prominently featured Gibson Girls. An old fashion sensation, repurposed for 21st century humor.