Monday, March 18, 2013

Vintage Life Magazine Flapper Butterfly Girl

Life Magazine's Flapper Butterfly Cover

A stunning image, this Life Magazine cover from 1922 is titled "the Flapper." 

It shows a woman flapper from the roaring twenties, but with an add-on: incredible large, gorgeous butterfly wings!

The flapper's arms are outstretched, as if she's ready to take off into the air. The beautiful illustration is by famous magazine cover illustrator F.X. Leyendecker, and it appeared on the February 2, 1922 Life Magazine cover.

F.X. Leyendecker was known for extraordinary color, creativity, and his flamboyance of design. He was certainly a prolific illustrator -- he designed many prominent posters, magazine covers, book plates, and advertising art. He had covers for Vanity Fair, Life, Vogue, and covers and inside art for Colliers, Saturday Evening Post, Leslie's, and McClure's, among many others. He did advertising art for Durham Hosiery, Remington Guns, Palmolive, Howard Watches, and Willy's Motors.

F.X. Leyendecker (1876–1924) was outshined by his older brother, J.C. Leyendecker who was more prolific than even F.X. However, F.X.was every bit as colorful and flamboyant as his older brother, and could boast an impressive portfolio. Born in Germany, He worked with his brother in their studio in Chicago, New York, and New Rochelle. He was also known for stained glass art, and was a feature in the second exhibition of the Society of Illustrators at the International gallery in New York.


  1. This poster hung in the Three's Company apartment on TV for all eight seasons.

    1. I didn't know that! Thanks for your input! It's a really great image!