Vol 62, No 6 (2001)


Cover Page
This image of Marie, painted by Albert Lynch in 1909, is one of 13 oil portraits (called the "Goodrich Girls") done by vari­ous artists for the B. F. Goodrich Com­pany. During the early 20th century, the "Goodrich Girls" were featured on adver­tisements, calendars, handbills, catalogs, postcards, and other materials promoting Goodrich products. The paintings were then reproduced as prints available to the public by mail for 75 cents apiece. Goodrich customers received the popu­lar reproductions as Christmas gifts. The "Goodrich Girls" can trace their lineage to the penny portraits available in Victo­rian England, and culminating in the Ziegfeld Girls of later decades. The art­work displayed here is part of the corpo­rate collection donated to the University of Akron by the B. F. Goodrich Company in 1999.