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Valentine Lounging: 1920

Valentine Lounging: 1920

"Valentine lounging." The actress Grace Valentine poolside in Long Island circa 1920. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

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Grace in color

Just having some fun with colorizing. Hope you enjoy. Click to enlarge.

Comfortable Concrete

"Lounging"? Just can't beat a concrete bench for comfort

Squished Toes

The 'must be wearing nylons' squished toe effects is from the habit of wearing tight shoes.

Many women would rather wear small shoes, tight shoes, painful shoes. Their toes and feet would suffer for it.

I don't think it's as prevalent today, but for instance, my mother in the 50's and 60's would claim to wear 7 1/2 AA shoes, which she felt were 'big enough'.

Too bad she actually wore a 8 1/2 M, so her toes and feet now are out of a horror movie. She's had to have surgery, etc. nothing has helped.

I suppose there's some claim to fame for wearing tiny elf-shoes, but there is a price to that claim - squished toes and permanent damage.


Actually, I'd bet my lunch money that she's wearing stockings. I'm seeing a horizontal shading above both her knees that looks suspicious - and the -tops- of the toes on her left foot are compressed together, which would only happen if they were encased in nylons. Or, in this case, rayon or viscose. What the heck, Catherine Bach wore nylons under her Daisy Duke shorts for the same cosmetic reason.

[No stockings. What's for lunch? - Dave]

Nice to see her out of that big car

Ms. Valentine cuts a nice figure.
Is that a mole or a fly on her arm?
She's already paying the price of wearing high heel shoes that are too tall and too short. He toes are beginning to show the tell tail signs of being tucked in and cramped together.

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