ROSE O'NEILL THE BIRTH OF KEWPIE EAR DANGLES
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A bittersweet story, by the artist's 20th birthday, she was America's highest paid female illustrator. But her beauty and wealth attracted men of ill intent. While afternoon napping not long after her second failed marriage, Rose dreamed of tiny cupids stealing her blankets and bouncing upon her bed with a forecast for her happiness to come. She sprung from her slumber to the drawing board, capturing the wide-eyed pudgies that later kept their promise and healed her broken heart. Soon her illustrations came to life as jointed and bisque dolls. Celluloid rolypoly babies were born from her pursuit to create affordable dolls for the poor. Rose was a proponent of women's suffrage and an inspiration to all. She gave us Kewpie, born out of the strings of a shattered heart with a mission to induce joy.