I'm having a blast working my way through the vintage magazines I picked up a couple of weeks ago -- it's the ads that amaze me most. Everyone (everyone!) is grinning like an idiot in them -- it's most extraordinary.
I quite liked this girl, who was demonstrating the easy operation of Crane's Dial-ese faucet on the back cover of The American Home Magazine for May 1948. She just seemed to be crying out for something more substantial to grasp, hence the bird. The text, which I found elsewhere in the magazine clinched it for me: this is one creepy little girl. And it's not the bird's lucky day.
It's for sale at my Etsy store (shameless plug)!