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Dos Bailarines: 1929

Dos Bailarines: 1929

New York. May 15, 1929. "Fernandez, Marcelino, Mr. and Mrs." Shy, not. Large format nitrate negative from the studio of Arnold Genthe. View full size.

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Don't move!

Los Fernandez could have been demonstrating their experience as sculptor's models. Someone had to do it, as the thousands of surviving small Art Deco sculptures of nude and near-nude dancers attest. Here's a typical example from circa 1929, a table bronze by Marcel Bouraine.

Already forgotten

I've already forgotten about that card game from the 1940s and moved on to an appreciation of Dance.

Booking agent's nightmare

@Solo....I'm not understanding the Boston reference.

[Reference is to the old "Banned in Boston" meme. -tterrace]

Grandpa's opinion

My Grandfather (born 1905) used to call ballet "rich man's burlesque", easy to see why.

Booking agent's nightmare

I'm guessing that in 1929, this sinuous duo didn't get many gigs for church socials and the like, or any work in Boston at all.

It's nippy out

Someone had a window open.

If reincarnation is a possibility

I'm going to be a dancer.

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