Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Jane Arden's Wardrobe, 1942
From Sept. 20, 1942. The clothing isn't particularly glamorous in this cut-out, but I like it because the entire presentation conveys the unity that galvanized the U.S. during World War II. Everyone, rich or poor, black or white, from every class level, came together for the war effort. Jane Arden's maid is drawn with none of the racist caricature (i.e., exaggerated lips, bulging eyes, tattered clothing) so common in cartoons and comics of the era. I don't know if she had a name or was treated respectfully in the comic strip, but here Jane Arden's domestic is portrayed not as a buffoon but as an everyday "working girl" urging the sale of war bonds.