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Cover Girl: 1941

Cover Girl: 1941

"Summer 1941. Detroit, Michigan. Girls playing cards and drinking Coca-Cola." The game seems to be winding up in this series of photos by Arthur Siegel, with these two having lost their shirts. Or something like that. View full size.

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The rest of the photo set

was shot by Irving Klaw.

Just an off season, I guess

Why does she have a coat if this in the summer?

Peeping Toms?

Pull the shades, Ladies!

Men May Work From Sun To Sun

But woman's work is never done.

I hate to admit

that I'm more interested in the architectural rendering of the house on the radiator.

It Finally Makes Sense

Now I know why the Marine Corps showed me those racy films with doctors in them.

More likely

Rum and Coca Cola.


Wow! Here's to a Happy Thanksgiving that can equal this card game everyone.

Pack that camera away Arthur!

The only thing winding up is Arthur's camera use. The game could be just starting up. A Google photo of Arthur Siegel had him with a big broad grin on his face. Something was in that Coke. The girl on the left has a stupefied look while the other has a glint of mischief in her eye. Dub our photographer as King Arthur of the card table.


A surprise for Girl Number 3? By the way, I started looking through this series on the LOC site, after the last picture was posted here. I wondered how long it would take to get to this picture.


I wish we could find a relative of Siegel's that could shed some light on this mystery series or, better yet, reveal why the series was taken.

[Here's a guess: after the "official" shots were done, the subjects were willing, and he just went with the flow, so to speak. -tterrace]

Tis the season

The beautiful human form -- one more reason to be thankful today.

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