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Gibson, Charles Dana

Born: 1867 AD
Died: 1944 AD
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1867 – Charles Dana Gibson was born on September 14th in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Charles Dana Gibson is probably most well known for his illustrations of beautiful women from the first quarter of the twentieth century.

1878 – He began to draw at the age of eleven as an apprentice to architect George Post.

1890 – Such portraits originally appeared in the books, The Education of Mr. Pipp and A Widow and Her Friends.

1904 – After seeing the portraits, Collier’s signed Gibson to a six-figure contract to create similar illustrations for their magazine. The characteristics of Gibson’s women became those of the ideal American lady at the time. She was coined "The Gibson Girl".

         – During World War I, Gibson was the President of the Society of Illustrators and the leader of a government agency, which produced posters to promote the war effort.

1930 – He bought the original Life Company and worked as the magazine’s editor.

1944 – After retirement, Gibson spent his time drawing. He died on December 23rd in New York City.

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