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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Double Bill: 1917

Double Bill: 1917

November 19, 1917. New York. "Frances White in dressing room." Half of the vaudeville team Rock & White, last seen here and here. View full size.

 

Rock & White, born in scandal

From a profile of the actor Frank Fay in the June 8, 1945 "Life" magazine: "On the heels of Lee (Buchanan) [Fay] met up with Frances White, a noted torch-singer of the period, and in 1917 they were married. Five months later they separated and Fay sued a fellow vaudevillian named William Rock for $25,000 for alienation of affection. He lost the suit and Rock and White became a headline act." Fay later had his marriages to Buchanan and White annulled so he could marry Barbara Stanwyck in a Catholic ceremony in 1927.

Monkey in the Zoo

Here's Frances White from 1917 Broadway Revue singing: "I'd like to be a monkey in the zoo."

Not always the baby doll

With the recent pics of our dear Frances, I did some digging. She was quite the looker

And not just a she

a lactating she. I wonder where the puppies are.

Happy Accidents

I wonder if the placement of the mirror was intentional, or a serendipitous coincidence. BTW, the pooch is a she.

Sing, little doggie, sing

Seeing multiple samples of Miss White's style and fashion sense, obviously very popular and profitable in 1917, makes me realize how things change generation to generation.

Sure, she can get the dog to sing in rehearsal, but does he perform on stage? Or does he run backstage, with his tail between his legs, one step ahead of the critics and much of the audience?

 
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