Jim Haas passed along a 1917 article about Doris Doscher modeling for the Standing Liberty Quarter. His note arrived a couple weeks ago, but I hadn't been able to get it into an issue until now - sorry for the delay.
It is interesting to me for a variety of reasons. First off, the photo on the opening page shows Doris in the same pose as the one that appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle that was included in the earlier article. She's clothed in this one. I also liked the coin showing its edge.
Second, the photos on the last two pages, the first showing MacNeil at his easel working on plasters of two coins. How did I miss this photo?
I can't help but think they are the Quarter and the Dime even though the caption says otherwise. Could it be a smaller version of the quarter before executing the 14 version? The last page shows Doris in her Red Cross nurse's uniform. The only things missing are her wrist, ankle and calf, so we'll have to leave them to our imaginations.
This is a well-written and fairly comprehensive article, one of the best I've read on the subject, a broad overview of the model, the artist and the coin. A statement at the bottom of page three reads,
Then this is done in relief on a medallion 14 inches in diameter. For this work Miss Doscher posed. Interesting statement that I have to believe is gospel.
"Carol Brooks MacNeil modeled a work titled War Babies of which twenty-five copies were made, plaster I'm pretty sure. Selling for $10.00 and up, all proceeds went to the Red Cross. It was mistakenly attributed to Hermon in a newspaper article. The Poppenhusen Institute has one of those copies."
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER MODELS
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