Born this day in 1869 Ellis Parker Butler was a full time banker and a part time author. Between 1931 and 1936 Ethel Hays illustrated his short stories. She was a well known cartoonist of the 20’s and 30’s and later became a childrens book illustrator.
I pose a question here, and feel free to comment if you have an insight. If we look at art in the great depression 1930 – 1936 and compare it with art in the recent depression 2008 – 2014 ; can we draw any commonalities? What are the major themes that emerge?
A Minute; by Ellis Parker Butler
She plucked a blossom fair to see;
upon my coat I let her pin it;
and thus we stood beneath the tree
She turned her smiling face to me;
I saw a roguish sweetness in it;
I kissed her once;—it took, maybe,
The time was paltry, you’ll agree;
it took but little to begin it;
but since my heart has not been free