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First the Shoes: 1941

First the Shoes: 1941

July 1941. "Detroit, Michigan. Head of the art department with new model at the Crowley-Milner department store." Booting from the desktop. Large format nitrate negative by Arthur Siegel, Office of War Information. View full size.

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The Shoe of Champions


Tell me, why would a mannequin need a CORSET???

Arthur Siegel, He's Our Man!

Let's have more photos from the Office of War Information. Was this one just a test shot while waiting for Betty Grable to arrive?

Look at her shoe, you cur!

He moved the portable radio off of his desk, but not the blueprint of it. It's tough to see that even the mannequins have to go through the "interview" process with the head of the art department. This is the first posting that got me laughing out loud when I saw it. What was he thinking when he posed for this one?

[The blueprint shows a Sherwin-Williams paint display, not a radio. - Dave]

I wondered how people missed things like that. Now I know! I didn't look closely enough when I read the comments for the first photo. I stand corrected.

This Photo Would Be

Worth a million at a bachelor party. The negatives would be worth even more.

Just Before the Shutter Clicked

He realised "Oh God, my wife is going to see this!"

Oh my

There's much to comment on here that I will, in the interest of good taste, leave alone. Interesting that even the cover of the Life magazine has the word, "arms" displayed. Perhaps it is the model's subliminal plea for said appendages. The shoes, though, are rather snappy.


Inspiration for another (M)ad Man?


My eyes are up here. Love the wall art-deco deer, what building is this?

Alternate title

A farewell to arms.

I'm just a lonely boy

Regardless of what Rod Serling might say, the model IS cooperating. Why else would a mannequin be in that position?

I'd slap you

... if I had arms.


I won't comment.

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