Mary Books on the cover of Motion Picture Classic, 1926.

1926 was a fine year for Mary Books. Her literary vignettes of Paris were finally adapted for the silver screen. Moreover, she was commissioned for yet another magazine cover, this time for Motion Picture Classic. Mary’s “sketches,” like her personality, were a mix of the comedic and erotic. Directors agreed she would be a natural for some of the vignettes, as her erotic postcards were already in high circulation.

IMG_5647F0355615-9A7C-40FD-A1FD-3EB08132328EGraphite, chalk, watercolour, and India ink. 15″ x 22″. ©2017 Mary Khan

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