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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Pretty Girls

Earl Carroll's Vanities: 1925

Earl Carroll's Vanities: 1925

January 26, 1925. Washington, D.C. "National Theater. Earl Carroll instructing showgirls in Vanities." More of the Broadway showman and considerably more of his performers. For a decade or so, annual productions of Earl Carroll's Vanities ("Through these portals pass the most beautiful girls in the world") were a staple of the theatrical stage, "treading the fine line between titillation and indecency," as one reviewer put it. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

The Duchess of Dallas: 1920

The Duchess of Dallas: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Miss Inez Thomas of Dallas, Texas." Who represented her city as the Duchess of Dallas at the 1916 San Antonio Fiesta. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Tied for First: 1923

Tied for First: 1923

July 1923. Washington, D.C. "Miss Catherine Wo----, Wardman Park." Another tantalizingly sketchy caption. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Sitting Pretty: 1922

Sitting Pretty: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Lulu McGrath." It must have been either luck or amazing foresight that led this girl's parents to name their baby daughter Lulu -- it's hard to imagine her as a Betty or Nancy or anything else. Or it could be that when you're a Lulu, you just grow into the name. In any case, Miss McGrath's brief claim to fame was her appearance in an underwater documentary, "Wonders of the Sea." She was also a runner-up in the first Miss America pageant, in 1921. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Madame F: 1922

Madame F: 1922

New York circa 1922. The second of five photos labeled with a notation that looks like "Farnham." 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

The Little Broxes: 1924

The Little Broxes: 1924

New York circa 1924. The Brox sisters again, a year after getting out of bed. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Sister Act: 1923

Sister Act: 1923

New York circa 1923. "Brox sisters." These singing siblings made it big in vaudeville and then on Broadway. From the left (or maybe the right): Bobbe, Lorayne and Patricia. George Grantham Bain glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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