Ethel Hays (1892-1989) intended to become a painter, and journey to art school in Paris, but World War I interfered. Teaching art to convalescing soldiers led her to cartooning, and eventually an extremely successful career as a syndicated cartoonist for several newspaper syndicates. Her popoular comic strips, which ran from the mid 1920s to the mid 1930s featured flappers and other young beauties and were carefree and satirical in tone.
Ethel Hays left cartooning to concentrate on her family and children by the late 1930s, but she continued her artistic endeavors. She proved as successful in the book publishing world as she had been in newspapers, and produced many fine books, including "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," "Mother Goose," and "The Night Before Christmas."