Charles Dana Gibson is probably best known for his
drawings of beautiful women known as “Gibson Girls.” The “Gibson
Girl” was everybody’s sweetheart, and was portrayed on stage, linens,
chinaware and silver spoons. At his peak he was one of the highest
paid illustrators of his time and contributed regularly to Life,
Collier’s Weekly and other magazines. During World War I, Gibson
was president of the Society of Illustrators and was the head of
the division of Pictorial Publicity under the Federal Committee
of Public Information. After WWI he became owner and editor of Life.
He retired in the thirties to paint exclusively.