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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Santa's Helpers: 1924

Santa's Helpers: 1924

December 6, 1924. "Greenwich Village Follies girls mending toys." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Star Power

Leonardo DiCaprio on the left, Madonna on the far right. Are you sure this is from 1924?

Boyishform

They mashed the potatoes on purpose. The style was to be flat as a board. There was even a brand of foundation garments called "Boyishform." Small-breasted (relative) waifs come into fashion cyclically.

Please Use My Palette

How in the world do some guys get such great jobs?

Toyland

Wow, Bernice bobbed her hair, and we love it. I like the one on the far left, and yes the one in the middle too. Thanks for this on.

Toys

I find it interesting that the chorine in front left has the horse Spark Plug, which was, of course, Barney Google's horse -- Barney Google, with those Goo-Goo-Googly eyes. He was actually the star of the comic strip by that name, but later took a back seat as an occasional visitor, to Snuffy Smif.

Not just hair

The clothes, makeup, attitude -- everything says "transition" to me when women were really breaking loose and doing their own thing. It even appears that dentistry has been discovered.

Hair

Gotta love the variety of "do's." Marcels, bobs, don't know what they called the ear buns. And a spit curl to die for.

Toys of Destiny

This photo helps explain all the fuss about Broadway showgirls in the 1920s. Not even the old hairstyles or fashions get in the way in this image. The Greenwich Follies of 1924 opened on September 16 in the Shubert Theater and ran for 127 performances. Cole Porter wrote all the music for the two-act revue, including a number titled "Toy of Destiny," which might explain the idea behind this publicity shot. The dance numbers starred the Dolly Sisters, Jennie and Rosie, and this contemporary photo of them suggests that they were never upstaged by all these vivacious chorines.

Something Dad used to say

My father often used an expression I never really understood but it popped into my mind immediately when I looked at this picture: "All that meat and no potatoes!"

 
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