GRACE GEBBIE DRAYTON (1877- 1936)
ONE OF THE FIRST & MOST SUCCESSFUL FEMALE CARTOONISTS

Viola Grace Gebbie was born in Philadelphia in 1877, the daughter of an art publisher.
As a child, she drew her image from a mirror, saying that she thought she was funny looking and that her playmates loved them.
At 18 she began freelancing as an artist.
In 1900, still in her early twenties, she created the series 'Bobby Blake' and 'Dolly Drake' for the Philadelphia Press.
In 1910 'Dottie Dimple' appeared in the newspapers.
In 1911 she married W. Drayton and became Grace Drayton.
She illustrated children's books and created several comics, such as 'Toodles' (ca.1911).
But, she is most importantly known as the creator of " the Campbell Soup Kids " , those round-faced children with rosy cheeks.


Note The Campbell Soup Kids are Book Ends ( Hubley Design # 468 ).
However, No doorstop was made of the kids

Yet Grace's name never appeared on the drawings.
After she left Campbell, she became well known for her Dolly Dingle paper dolls in the Pictorial Review, from 1916 to 1922.
She started her most famous series, 'The Pussycat Princess', in 1935, and died a year later.

DESIGNS WERE OFTEN COPYRIGHTED BY THE DESIGNER, AND AT TIMES THEIR NAMES APPEARED ON THE DOORSTOPS
YOU WILL SEE GRACE DRAYTON'S SIGNATURE ON THE BACKS OF DOORSTOPS -- BOBBY BLAKE & DOLLY DIMPLE, SOMETIMES

THIS IS FROM THE BACK OF "BOBBY BLAKE".


DOORSTOPS DESIGNED FOR HUBLEY:
FIDO #32
BOBBY BLAKE # 46
DOLLY DINGLE # 45
PETER RABBIT # 96
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD # 95
THE TWIN CATS # 73
PUPPO # 75

BELOW IS A PRINT DONE BY GRACE DRAYTON THAT WAS RECENTLY UP FOR SALE.
NOTICE HOW CLOSELY IT RESEMBLES A SCOTTIES DOORSTOP.

BANKS DESIGNED FOR HUBLEY:
DOLLY DIMPLE # 79
PUPPO #846

BOOKENDS DESIGNED FOR HUBLEY:
CAMPBELL SOUP KIDS

Her biography is yet to be written .