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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

The Three Brox: 1924

The Three Brox: 1924

New York circa 1924. "Brox sisters." Our fourth look at these saucy siblings. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Pinkerton Pink-A-Tone Type F

The radio the girls are listening to is a circa 1924 Pinkerton Electric Pink-A-Tone Type F radio. I happen to have one. It would be really neat if my set was the actual one being listened to by these three girls. You can see pictures of my set at radiomuseum.org.

Divine design

The embroidery on the sisters dress (far right) is just lovely, even the detail on the shoe. Just delicious.

Middle Girl Haircut

That's the "Louise Brooks bob" haircut popularized by this very beautiful actress of the 1920s. She actually had worn it since a child. The various bob styles were extremely controversial, condemned by the clergy and sometimes the cause of divorce.

The side curl was called the "cootie garage." Women at first went to men's barbershops to get a good bob. Female stylists eventually had to learn.

YouTube

These girls were very talented, slightly ahead of time when "talkies" and the big band era would've propelled them into stardom similarly to the Andrews Sisters. You can go to YouTube and search for Brox Sisters and see some great video of them performing.

Early Apple

"It's the latest thing, Grace. It's called an iBox."

Marcel Less So

My opinion doesn't really count since I come from the future, but if it did count I would say that middle Brox girl's hair looks way more attractive than her two sisters'. I'll never understand why women back then were so into all that crazy crimping and curling. I know it was the fashion of the day and all, but still.

Sprakeloos! (Speechless?)

To all you people who made this possible...

M'n bek viel er van open! Breathless!!

I've never experienced something like this on the net before!

From The Netherlands,
RESPECT!

Flabedieda.

Ding Dong

It's the Brox foxes!

 
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