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Hokinson, Helenlocked

(29 June 1893–01 November 1949)
  • Robert C. Harvey

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Hokinson, Helen (29 June 1893–01 November 1949), cartoonist, was born Helen Elna Hokinson in Mendota, Illinois, the daughter of Adolph Hokinson (original Swedish spelling, Haakonson), a farm machinery salesman, and Mary Wilcox. Helen attended the public schools in Mendota, and a year after graduating high school in 1913, she enrolled in a two-year course at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, studying fashion illustration and design. After completing her studies, she shared a studio with another artist, Alice Harvey, and secured assignments with art service agencies and department stores in Chicago. In 1920 Hokinson moved to New York to pursue a career as a fashion illustrator....

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