If you are not familiar with the name John Held, Jr., then perhaps you will recognize his unique illustrations? These are from a 1970's brochure extolling the virtues of milk and it's place in nutritious meals. Inside, it states "The beautiful people in this booklet are illustrations by the late John Held, Jr., reproduced by special permission of Mrs. John Held, Jr." I fell in love with his unique images back in the 70's.
He also wrote comic strips.
And, like many of the great artists of the time, his iconic illustrations graced a lot of magazine covers over the years, as well (in the 20's and 30's, I think - maybe 40's too?):
When I was in high school, I was so happy to find some fabric that had his little dancing flappers on it! The background was red, and my sister made a dress out of it for me. I am wearing it here, seated in the cafeteria, talking with my friend Vicki Young:
It's probably silly for me to include this photo when I know there is no way that you can even tell from the poor photo what in the heck is on the dress! But I just felt like including it. You will just have to take my word for it - it was a cute dress. I used to wear it with my 4-inch high platform black patent leather sandals. I remember feeling pretty good in that outfit. (Don't say anything about my hair- the hair was NOT good) Ahhh, high school memories.....