The artist John Held, Jr. is probably most responsible for what has become the stereotypical visual representation of the young men and women of this time period. From around 1915 until the later end of the 1920s, Held was responsible for adorning some of the most influential magazines of the time with his distinctive cartoon art. His caricatures of the flapper girl and her loping, goofy college suitors were not only indicative of the freewheeling nature of America's youth, they were an indictment of all of the foolishness that went along with it!
Yet, it was Held's ability to identify the irony within the lives of these youth that ultimately qualified his work as a mature and absolutely relevant cartoonist. In even his most dogmatic of cartoons, Held's humor prevails over his opinions, compelling the observer to laugh along with him. Herein lies Held's true magic. Not unlike F. Scott Fitzgerald (the literary clairvoyant of the times), his brilliance stems from a keen power of observance rather than a preordained or painstakingly learned formula for success.