Simon Room, Skillman Library

The Christy Girl

Artist Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952) came onto the scene of American magazine and book illustration just as it exploded into the twentieth century. His images of the ideal American woman became wildly popular in homes throughout the country.

Given her name with the publication the book The Christy Girl in 1906, she celebrates her one hundredth birthday this year. Drawn from the extensive collection of Christy illustrations in Lafayette College’s Special Collections, this exhibition focuses on the development of the Christy Girl at a time when women’s roles were shifting in new directions. The Christy Girl’s independence, athleticism, intelligence, and natural beauty became a model for the modern middle-class American woman.

The Girl on the Magazine Cover: The Christy Girl’s Sisters in American Popular Culture
Carolyn Kitch, Associate Professor of Journalism and Director, Doctoral Program in Mass Media and Communication, Temple University.
Wednesday, March 8, 4:10 p.m., Gendebien Room, Skillman Library

Unlacing the Victorian Woman
Barbara Meyer Darlin, Costume Historian
Barbara Darlin reveals the multi-layers worn by early twentieth century women as she dresses and undresses as a Victorian lady and a Christy Girl.
Thursday, March 23, 4:10 p.m., Gendebien Room, Skillman Library