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

Confetti: 1918

Confetti: 1918

Mack Sennett's bathing beauties in serpentine confetti, April 24, 1918. View full size.

 

Agree

AT, I, too, fail to find these ladies attractive. There's too much of the Clara Bow in them: too much makeup, too much emphasis on the cupid lips. Despite their "station" in life I find Dave's photos of maids and taxi drivers to be much more appealing; more real. And really, isn't that the case today? The women of the big screen (the Julia Roberts and Kate Winslets) are certainly not displeasing to the eye, no argument, sure. But how about the woman who works in the office next to yours, or that girl you saw in the elevator this morning, or the neighbor two houses down out picking up her newspaper who always waves hello as you pass: aren't they more attractive, for their very "realness?" Just a thought.

Beauties

Does anybody else find "professional beauties" from this era less attractive than pretty girls from other walks of life, like the recent pic of the female taxi driver?

Part of the problem is the old-fashioned make-up in comparison with the more natural look of the common girls. But also it seems that moon-faced girls were over-represented in show business.

Nice

Very nice shot - just before the end of WWI

 
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