2019 Trinidad State News

Early 1900s illustrations to be displayed at Trinidad State Library

Trinidad Campus / February 26, 2019 / Written by Greg Boyce


Trinidad State photoTrinidad State’s Samuel Freudenthal Memorial Library will show a series of original early 1900s prints over the next six weeks. The show is called Romance in the Age of the Gibson Girl. This style was the creation of Charles Dana Gibson (1867 to 1944). In the late 1800s Gibson created a new vision of America’s “ideal woman.” She was a mix of old fashion (elegant and refined) and new fashion (witty, independent and athletic). Many other artists then adopted the Gibson Girl look, which was popular until the beginning of World War I in 1914.

The illustrations on display are mostly music score covers with these “modern” women on the covers.

Also on display will be the front page of the Denver Post from November 11, 1918, a special edition printed the day World War I ended.

The illustrations and the Denver Post front page are part from the archives at the Freudenthal Library.

The opening of the show will coincide with a reception at the President’s Office from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on March 1 featuring the photographs of Jim Blecha.

Both shows will open to the public during normal office hours until April 26.

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