Bob Hope and elfBob Hope's humor has been conveyed through his looks as well as through his jokes. Throughout his career, Bob Hope's face -- whether looking sly, silly, conniving, lascivious, witless, or serious -- has been an inspiration to artists, photographers, and admirers. These "Faces of Hope" are from a wide range of sources, including fans from around the world, film studio photographers, and professional artists.

Bob Hope Comic Books

The Adventures of Bob Hope. New York: National Periodical Publications, 1963. Bob Hope Collection, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress (179a)

The Adventures of Bob Hope. New York: National Periodical Publications, 1963. Bob Hope Collection, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress (179b)

Portraits of Bob Hope

Bust of Bob Hope, ca. 1960. Plaster. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (181)

Bob Hope Tiki Sculpture, 1971. Ceramic. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (180)

Sculpture of Bob Hope golfing, 1979. Wood. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (195)

Bob Hope's nose. Bronze sculpture, n.d. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (200)

Neckties with images of Bob Hope

Neckties with images of Bob Hope. Silk, ca. 1949. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (202)

Cuff links with images of Bob Hope. Back engraved "From Marvin H." Gold, n.d. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (201ab)

Bob Hope's profile, n.d. Wood. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (194)

Branding iron with Bob Hope's profile, n.d. Iron. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (189)

Derby L. Ulloa. Bob Hope elephant sculpture, 1977. Bronze. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (182)

Dan Barclay. Caricature of Bob Hope with four eyes. Original watercolor, 1998. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (203)

Dick Berry. Hand-carved toy. Wood and paint, .n.d. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (204)

Soo. Three Stages of Hope, 1971. Charcoal on velvet. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (190)

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Gift from Jack Benny

This money clip bearing the likenesses of Bob Hope and Jack Benny was a gift to Hope after Benny won the Emmy Award for outstanding program achievement in the field of humor in 1961. Benny's competition included Bob Hope and the animated series, The Flintstones.

Money clip and dollar bill, ca. 1961. Gold and paper. Courtesy Bob Hope Archives (185)

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Surrealist Painting of Bob Hope

This portrait of Bob Hope was created on the set of his 1940 haunted house comedy motion picture, The Ghostbreakers. The painting is based on the film’s plot. The artist S.C. de Regil (1914–1968), also known as Salvador de Regil, began painting in the 1930s and also worked as a designer and graphic artist. He was known for his unusual portraits, landscapes, Madonna and child paintings, and mythological works in the Surrealist style. During World War II he put his artistic talent to use by painting glass eyes for servicemen injured in combat.

S.C. De Regil. Bob Hope, 1940. Gouache. Courtesy Bob Hope Archives (187)

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Bob Hope on Time Cover

Bob Hope was featured on the cover of Time Magazine on September 20, 1943.

Ernest Hamlin Baker. Original artwork for Time Magazine cover, 1943. Gouache.
Time Magazine, September 20, 1943. Permission to display online granted by Timepix. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (188)

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Hirschfeld Drawing of Hope

American caricaturist, sculptor, painter and writer Al Hirschfeld (b. 1903), whose brilliant career spans eight decades, is known for his celebrity caricatures, such as this drawing of Bob Hope. Hirschfeld's illustrations have appeared regularly in the New York Times since 1929, when he was hired as a theater caricaturist for the Sunday drama section, a position which he maintains to this day.

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  • Al Hirschfeld. Caricature of Bob Hope for TV Guide cover. Lithograph, 1957. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (199a)

  • TV Guide cover, January 26, 1957. Magazine. Bob Hope Collection, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress (199b)

  • Al Hirschfeld. Bob Hope and the NBC Peacock. Pen-and-ink drawing. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (191)

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Gift from Television Colleagues

This ashtray bearing Hope's likeness was presented to him by colleagues associated with his television programs during the 1953-1954 season. The ashtray bears the names of many of the programs' writers, crew, and guest stars.

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  • Ashtray with Hope's likeness. Beverly Hills: Czelç, 1954. Ceramic. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (192)

  • Bust of Bob Hope, ca. 1971. Wicker. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (183)

  • Don Barclay. Hope and elf painting, ca. 1940. Oil paint. Courtesy of Bob Hope Archives (186)

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G.I. Bob

Hasbro Toys issued a limited-edition Bob Hope G.I. Joe doll in 1998. The doll sold out very quickly and is now sought by collectors.

G.I. Joe, 1998. Pawtucket, Rhode Island: Hasbro Toys, 1998. Courtesy of Sam Brylawski (196)

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Annie Leibovitz. Bob Hope in his Joke File vault. Copyprint, July 17, 1995. Courtesy of Annie Leibovitz (197)

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