Storyboard for Girl in a Jar, 1924 by Mary Books.

After the shrunken Mary faints from being put into a sealed glass jar, her lover realizes what he has done. But it is too late. When he removes the lid, Mary has already turned into a butterfly. As she awakes to find herself with wings, she looks at her lover one last time before flying…

Erotic postcard of Mary Books from a silent film still, 1924.

He held her in his pocket, he held her in his hand. But his heart she was too small for. He had bigger, brighter visions she could never understand. -Excerpt from Girl in a Jar, Mary Books, 1922. One of many erotic postcards of Mary Books. This one is a still from a silent short…

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…

Mary Books…Va Nager. Special Edition of La Vie Parisienne, July 24, 1926.

Mary Books was commissioned to illustrate the cover of the French men’s erotic magazine. She also wrote an article for the magazine championing the unmarried woman. The commission for the July 1926 cover of La Vie Parisienne (Special Edition) is taking Mary Books forever. She is happy though that the magazine has agreed to publish…

She was there. Smoking a cigarette with Frida Kahlo, circa 1940s. 

Graphite, soft pastel, watercolour, and lipstick on paper. 24″ x 36″. ©2017 Mary Khan Original photograph which inspired my drawing: Bettmann archive. Dear Frida, Thank you for the gold, silver, diamonds, and turquoise. Paintings and jewels. Paint anything, anyone. Paint in triplicate if you have to. Paint for me, for you, Diego and the universe. Yours,…