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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Mostly Girls: 1936

Mostly Girls: 1936

A poster for the Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Gaieties of 1936" at the Greek Open Air Theatre, Vermont Avenue at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. View full size

 

Greek Freak

I love seeing shows at the Greek Theatre. It's like the Hollywood Bowl, but much smaller & more intimate. My fave was Stevie Ray Vaughn in the '80s.
It's also right up the hill from Los Feliz, which still affects a pretty righteous prewar vibe.

Gaieties at the Greek Theater

Perhaps it meant each chorine is so close to being a girl already you can't tell the difference, mostly.

"Mostly Girls"?

I'm not sure I really want to know what the rest of them were!

 
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