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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

The Clay Menagerie: 1919

The Clay Menagerie: 1919

New York circa 1919. "Torpadie." The soprano Greta Torpadie and friends. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Air space

She looks like she has lots of it inside her face. That, and the bone structure, is necessary for good resonance magnification of the sound produced by the vocal cords. At least I think so. It has been almost three decades since the end of my short, but sweet, opera career.

Almost

I've always found it hard to imagine what a woman would look like when an author describes her as "almost pretty." I will now think of this lady. She's so close, but something's not quite right (besides her friends), and I honestly don't mean that in a mean way.

Striking

She does have Bette Davis eyes.

Wow

Really love her blouse. I want one.

Emile Gallé Faience Pets

These odd little animal figures were made in Nancy, France, by the factory of Emile Gallé, better known for its art glass and marquetry furniture, from about 1890 to 1910. Gallé's ceramics decorators were permitted considerable leeway in details on the individual models, but the heart pattern on the cat is the most familiar and pricey in today's auctions. Here are some similar figures of Gallé pugs and cats, nabbed from various collectibles sites online.

It's true

Pet owners start to look like their pets.

 
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