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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Lob Me Tender: 1920

Lob Me Tender: 1920

The actress Grace Valentine strikes a sporty pose circa 1920. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

 

Goodnight, Gracie

Well, she is being talked about more now than she ever was back when she was "famous."

Oh . . . I almost forgot the ellipses . . .

Sighing off now.

Foy
Las Vegas

Grace and Shorpy

Do people not understand that Shorpy.com is a historical site? It's not devoted to glamour or cheesecake. Given that, why are people so annoyed to be shown photos of a minor actress? The fact that she's not famous makes her more interesting to me. There are plenty of places for people to see pictures of stars such as Greta Garbo, if that's what they want.

Wrinkles

You would think an actress would have access to a good iron. Or maybe it was just a rough night out with the Lindsey Lohans and Paris Hiltons of her day.

A Vote for Grace

I for one am not tired of seeing her.

Grace Again

I too would like to know why we see so many pictures on this site of Grace Valentine? Is she a relative? She was just a minor actress in her time. You must admit, at least from the pictures I've seen Grace was behind the door when Beauty was being distributed.

Alex Taylor Co.

And this is what became of her "Alex Taylor Co. Wood Tennis Racket"

Little white shoes

I wonder if that's the pair that's given Grace her deformed digits?

More Grace

I'm still game ... I want to see more Grace.

Yawn

I for one am a bit weary of Miss Grace, she never was all that and this just seals the deal.

[There are two more photos of Grace, showing her with an actual flesh and blood companion. Who is tall, dark and handsome. But if you don't want to see them . . .
- Dave]

Wilted

She looks as if either it was a very hot day, or she was up very late the night before. Or both. Either that or she actually tried to play for awhile before the shot was taken...

Grace Notes

The poolside photos are more fetching than this one, Grace!!! And it looks like the poolside photos were more fun to shoot. How 'bout a bigger smile?

Thank goodness modern tennis attire has caught up to 1920s swimwear, in modesty terms.

 
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