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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Tea Roses: 1921

Tea Roses: 1921

New York. May 21, 1921. "Kopernak in kimono." The Russian-born stage actress Galina Kopernak about to pour. Bain News Service glass neg. View full size.

 

Unnatural Poses?

I'm wondering why so many of these era photos are posed so unnaturally? What could possibly have been the reasoning for a Russian actress to pose as a geisha (without the elaborate makeup)?

[Orientalism of various types was a big fashion and design vogue of the time. - tterrace]

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Someone colorize this one!

 
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