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Call Me Maybe: 1921

Call Me Maybe: 1921

New York. October 26, 1921. Our second visit with the actress Peggy O'Neil. Can we talk? 5x7 inch glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Boss

Those shoes and stockings are the bee's knees!

Legs

I'm not sure what's on her backside, but those things on her stockings were referred to as 'clocks'. And it's a testimony to how expensive silk stockings were that an actress of her caliber has a run in hers on the uncrossed leg.

Oooh!

Are those shoes available in size 6?

Push My Buttons

I love the old push button light switches!

On another note, what in the devil is hanging off her backside?

Peggy's story

Her story is quite a remarkable one, as related in this article and the comments attached to it.

 
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