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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

House Party: 1950

House Party: 1950

1950. From photographs by Stanley Kubrick for the Look magazine article "The Debutante Who Went to Work": "Socialite model/actress Betsy Von Furstenberg attending a weekend house party. Includes Von Furstenberg, hostess Sandra Stralem and other young women in ball gowns." View full size.

If I could turn back time

this is precisely where I would be. Great shot!

I STEPPED on the ping pong ball!

This looks the kind of crowd Gloria Upson ran with (Auntie Mame). Is that Muriel Puce I see?

On display:

A lot of clavicle.

Charming

One of the girls is wearing what could be a heart shaped charm dangling from a bracelet with the number 17 on it. That makes it look like the tag hanging from a beach locker key in a Shorpy Atlantic City photo.

[Sweet 17. - Dave]

Smoke?

Don't mind if I do! (Two women on the left)

I can almost hear

the crinkling sound of all that fabric every time any of our ladies move around, even a little, plus I can almost smell the strange mix of 1950s hairspray and perfumes certainly saturating that room.

Voice Activated Light Stand

"Can you hold that light a little higher for me?"

Mirrors and other reflective objects in the background cause headaches for all photographers. In this case it clearly shows the guy holding a light and a woman (chaperone maybe?) looking on.

 
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