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Gladys Parker

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Gladys Parker (March 21, 1908 – April 28, 1966) was an American cartoonist for comic strips and a fashion designer in Hollywood. She is best known as the creator of the comic strip Mopsy (1929-1965), which had a long run over three decades. Parker was one of the few female cartoonists working between the 1930s and 1950s. Background Gladys Parker was born in 1908 and grew up in Tonawanda, New York. She was the daughter of Caroline (née Gerster) and Wilbert C. Parker. She taught herself to draw while recuperating from a leg injury, often using herself as her model, and began selling cartoons to magazines. She also ran a dressmaking shop from home while still in high school. After graduating from Tonawanda High School, she worked in the office of a lumber yard. At the age of 18, Parker arrived in Manhattan to study fashion illustration. Parker attended the Traphagen School of Fashion, graduating in 1928 in Illustration. She started her newspaper career with the New York Graph
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