(Above, Hokinson’s 1943 cover illustration for Emily Kimbrough’s We Followed Our Hearts to Hollywood)
Today’s Ink Spill was inspired by a Stevereads blog post, My Best Girls! from July 15, 2011. As the post’s author, Mr. Donoghue, points out, all of Hokinson’s collections are “well worth finding.” Here then is a checklist of all her collections:
So You’re Going To Buy A Book! (Minton, Balch & Co, 1931)
My Best Girls ( E.P. Dutton & Co., 1941)
When Were You Built? ( E.P. Dutton & Co., 1948)
The Ladies, God Bless ’em! With a Memoir by James Reid Parker and an Appreciation by John Mason Brown ( E.P. Dutton & Co., 1950)
There Are Ladies Present (E.P. Dutton & Co., 1952)
The Hokinson Festival (Dutton & Co., 1956) This final collection contains a few color plates of Hokinson New Yorker covers.
Here’s a link to Chris Wheeler’s Hokinson page, with a short bio, scans of all her collections, and a photo of Ms. Hokinson.
And another link, too see a few more photographs and a couple of drawings posted by the historical museum in Hokinson’s birthplace, Mendota, Illinois.
Finally, Liza Donnelly’s history of The New Yorker’s women cartoonists, Funny Ladies (Prometheus Books, 2005) contains a wonderful section on Hokinson, with a generous helping of photos and drawings. [full disclosure: Ms. Donnelly and I are married]