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    J. Fredrick Smith - Original Magazine Story Illustration (1954). J. Fredrick Smith had a keen eye for beauty, and the talent to translate it successfully into his mainstream illustration. Whether in advertising or story illustrations, his women were generally striking, glamorous, and independent figures -- always the focus of attention. In the mid-1940s, Smith was part of Esquire magazine's "Gallery of Glamour" series. For several years he created popular pin-ups for Esquire, and had three of his pin-up images appear in the memorable 1953 Ballyhoo calendar published by Brown & Bigelow. Later in his career, he turned to glamour photography, at which he was equally adept and successful. This is a marvelous example of his mainstream illustration, which was published in the September, 1954 issue of The American Magazine, to accompany the story, The Golden Gimmick. The caption reads, "At the sight of Greg, Janet's romantic side pushed and her practical side pulled. 'Stop it', she told them both, 'I'll handle this.'" Rendered in gouache on board, it measures approximately 20 x 18, and is signed lower right. A copy of the published illustration is included.

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