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 Gladys Parker  (1906 - 1966)

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Lived/Active: California/New York      Known for: illustrator-cartoons, fashion design

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted April 2004 by Don Barry, is reprinted from the December 1996 issue of "The Lumber Shover", newsletter of the Historical Society of the Tonawandas.

Gladys Parker, nationally known cartoon artist, dress designer and columnist was a local Tonawanda (N.Y.) girl of great artistic ability. As a young teenager laid up for several months with a leg injury, she spent her time drawing little cartoons and figures, using herself as a model by looking into a mirror.

After leaving Tonawanda High School, Gladys went into business designing and making dresses. Her artistic talent led her into big-time dress designing where she became famous for her creations in the fashion world. In the 1920s she started to draw her little cartoon "Flapper Fannie", still using herself as a model. These cartoons were both flippant and humorous and were syndicated in over 75 newspapers across the country.

When the flapper period was over, Gladys kept drawing the cartoons but changed the name. At that time, the artist rube Goldberg told Gladys that her hair looked like a mop so she used the title Mopsy for her cartoon and continued using herself as the model.

Gladys also conducted a newspaper column called "Dear Gals and Guys" in which she gave advice on personal problems.

No one ever kicked Santa Claus - or even thought about kicking him - and got
away with it - except Gladys Parker*, also known as Flapper Fannie and Mopsy.

*The newsletter article was illustrated with a cartoon showing a girl booting Santa in the rear end.

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Born in New York on March 21, 1906.  By 1938 Parker had settled in Glendale.  She died there on April 27, 1966. 
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