By Marilyn Slater
In an interview done in early 1920 at the Goldwyn Studios in Culver City that was published in the Anaconda Stander, Mabel said and I quote “I didn’t have one bit of stage experience before I went into pictures”…”I used to pose for illustrators in New York, principally James Montgomery Flagg and Charles Dana Gibson. You’d get $1.50 for the morning and $1.50 for the afternoon.
“Haven’t you seen those Gibson drawings of the girl with a chain and pearl pendant around her neck? He had a contract for drawing covers for one big magazine and double pages for another. I was the model.”
She spoke of others things and I have posted the complete article in the reprint section at Looking for Mabel, soon but I am researching her modeling career so found the pay of particular interest. $3 would amount to about $65 for a days work…it was not going to make her rich.
Now the question is has anyone a copy of the Gibson drawing of the girl with a chain and pearl pendant?