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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Points of Interest: 1942

Points of Interest: 1942

Spring 1942. "Detroit. Fashion show presented by the Chrysler Girls' Club of the Chrysler Corp. at Saks Fifth Avenue store. Girl modeling a corselette." Photo by Arthur Siegel (of Card Game fame), Office of War Information. View full size.

 

It is war time.

Note that her left stocking (probably rayon or rayon-cotton) as nylon was in short supply) has been darned. Kits were sold for this type of repair.

Chrysler Girls' Club

One can only wonder what the "Chrysler Girls' Club" was? ("Girls"? Really?) Was it made up of Chrysler employees? Was the model shown in the photo one of them? Was the "fashion show" put on FOR the Girls' Club, or BY the members of the Club? Was it done during working hours, or on Chrysler premises? Who attended? Any (gulp!) male Chrysler employees? What precisely was the War Department's interest in such a show - other than the obvious, I mean?

The number of possible present-day state and federal employment/discrimination/harassment laws that are about to be broken here boggles the mind.

The girl in the mirror

Was that a mistake or by intent? If it was by intent, why have the flash firing back into your lens? Move the camera over an inch or two and there's no flash.

But I still wonder about the girl in the mirror.

[This is a scan of the entire negative; if used for publication, it would be cropped, a common procedure in commercial and professional photography. -tterrace]

I'd pay good money...

...for that brass lamp.

Wonder

If the "Chrysler Girls Club" is still an active part of the MOPAR family.

Safety in numbers

At least they had a chaperone, it would appear.

Spontaneity

I’m wondering about the removal process: unpeeling? unzipping? unlatching?

Very daring for the time

Posing with one garter undone gives her that casual, devil-may-care quality.

The explanation

I wonder if Arthur was holding card parties to audition models for his 'day job'?

OK -- Two Questions:

1) Is the Office of War Information still around?

2) Can I get them to pay me for taking pictures that have absolutely nothing to do with war information?

Woof

That is really sexy. Today, things are over the top and lack allure. The pose with the prop, suggesting a dockside setting is also very interesting.

Another thing: if this weren't Shorpy, the photo would have no context, which might cause consternation.

 
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