Dealing in vintage items gives me the opportunity to learn something “new” almost every day. I often buy objects that I don’t know anything about, just so I can do research on them.
That was the case a few weeks ago when Mom and I spotted a framed print of a pretty lady with roses in her hair while shopping at an estate sale. We thought she was charming, so I bought her. The print is 36” tall and only 7” wide.
The only marking on the print is the name C. W. Henning so that was the beginning point of my research. I would love to have learned more, but I have found out that she is one of many “yard-long” prints featuring pretty ladies drawn by several artists of which C. W. Henning was one. She is called a “Pabst Girl” because this print is affiliated with the marketing of Pabst Extracts. The prints were distributed in the early 1900s, so I am thrilled that this print is in good shape despite its 100+ years of age.
I also learned that yard-long prints, both vertical and horizontal, were very popular at the turn of the 20th century. They featured not only pretty ladies, but animals and flowers too.