Wacky G. I.'s. Good Luck Edna. [Caption title].
(n. p.): 1943. 35.5 x 27 cm total, 25.5 x 19 cm image. Watercolor painting depicting a young woman comically struggling to put on her underclothes, signed and dated by the artist. Matted frame held together with black tape, which is chipping and split in places; toning; soiling; pin holes to upper corners. Heavy crease to upper corner, with some slight tearing of paper overlay of frame. Good.
Humorous painting by cartoonist Harry Virgil Wylie, possibly meant to depict a Women's Army Corps member getting dressed for duty. The title of the piece and eleven ink signatures below it suggest that this may have been given as a going away present for a newly enlisted WAC named Edna, perhaps at a party where it was signed by her friends. Although we can only speculate about who Edna may have been, we note that several of the signatorees seem to have lived in Florida around 1943, and that Wylie himself lived in Coral Gables at that time and taught at the University of Miami. Four women named Edna from Dade County, all born around 1920, enlisted in the WAC in 1943, giving a tiny bit of credence to the above theory.