The Hello Girl Original Mixed Media Painting

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The Hello Girl Original Mixed Media Painting

425.00

6x24 inches  |  ready to hang
acrylic, watercolor, watercolor paper on stained maple panel

The Jobs of Yesteryear series combines history and surrealism to tell the stories of obsolete jobs. A contemporary glimpse into the past, these mixed media paintings serve as a reminder of time and stories long forgotten.

This particular Job of Yesteryear mixed media painting features a switchboard operator or hello girl. A hello girl is the colloquial name for the switchboard operators employed by the US Army Signal Corps during World War I. The army put a call for operators to improve the worsening state of communication on the Western Front. Over 7,000 women answered the call, but only 450 were chosen as they had to be fluent in French and English and have had previous experience. After serving their country, these brave women were not given honorable discharges (and as a result, veteran benefits) because army regulations specified the male gender. This gross oversight was not corrected until 60 YEARS after World War I ended. Switchboard operators all over the world were eventually rendered obsolete with the advent of mechanical switching controlled by dialing, with the last switchboard operators working in rural areas as late as 1991.

The Hello Girl was created using subdued tones of acrylic and watercolor paint. Overall, it has the feel of a vintage photograph steeped in history. The long-limbed characters were crafted using watercolor paper and pasted on the wood panel. See an illustrated guide of my process here.

The Jobs of Yesteryear are thought-provoking conversation pieces that will bring an air of history and whimsy to any room.

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