The Origin of Kewpies

Rose O’Neill was an illustrator from Nebraska who went to seek her fortune in New York City at age 19. She made herself a reputation as a hardworking and versatile artist, and in 1909 created the adorable little sprites that became known as Kewpies.

She often worked from Bonniebrook as the New York offices didn’t have bathrooms for women, says Linda Brewster, who has written two books on O’Neill with a third on the way. While in Bonniebrook in 1909, O’Neill would illustrate her most...

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