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Casting Call: 1924

Casting Call: 1924

June 30, 1924. "Debutantes with Summer Follies. Mary Seldon, Dora Wagner." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

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I didn't know that Subway was doing their $5 footlong promotion back then!!

I thought...

they looked more like mimes. Maybe that was their act? Either way, I like this much more than the scary picture of that clown!!

Doll Follies

I agree with sjmills except to say that in this situation I'm guessing the girls were supposed to look like dolls. Hence the stiffness of their arms and the painted-on pouts.


Pucker Up

Ack. That paint-your-lips-to-look-tiny-and-pucker-up trend of the early 20th century was so ugly. Why'd they think that small baby lips looked good on women? It's second in unattractiveness only to the overinflated lips like they do these days. I have nothing positive to say about it.

The old neighborhood

This looks like the Bronx, big time. One can almost smell the sidewalks and hallways.

[It's Washington, D.C. - Dave]

It is

the first version of people dancing the Robot!

No photo, but

the one we hooked was this big. You shoulda seen him.


Looks like they're sizing up the one that got away. Or something.

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