The Harrison Beauty Contests

Heretofore, however, we may have been somewhat handicapped by the lack of a true standard by which to measure competing claimants; but now, thanks to the foresight of Messrs. Charles Scribner's Sons, we are provided with an infallible criterion.

During the past ten years there have appeared from time to time in magazines and novels, various presentments of the ideal American girl as she is and always should be, well dressed and well groomed, at all times mistress of herself as well as the situation; graceful, alert, healthy-minded, intensely alive and thoroughly happy.

Surely the genus Puella Americana has abundant reasons for gratitude to Mr. Harrison Fisher, who has so often caught her at her best. Bred and early trained in San Francisco, as Mr. James B. Carrington tells us in an introduction on “Mr. Harrison Fisher's Place in American Illustration,” this artist learned how to draw in the hustling Art School of Experience. Later he came to New York, his sketches under his arm, and presented him. self to various art editors, who soon recognized his unusual talents and original power.

It is a pleasure to welcome this year a well-chosen selection of his best work in this handsome quarto volume, its cover decorated with a typical “Harrison Fisher girl" sipping a cup of tea. It contains about ninety full-page or half-page pictures printed on heavy glazed paper, some in colors, others in black and white, each showing consummate skill in the art of reproduction. No more fitting present for the loveliest woman you know can be imagined than this assemblage of America's loveliest women.

From "The Harrison Fisher Book." Copyright, 1907, by Charles Scribner's Sons. copyright © 1997 -->