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Greek System: 1927

Greek System: 1927

Circa 1927. "Denishawn dancers." Photographed during what seems to be a lull in the toga party. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

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The scourge of youth!

No Lulu

I don't see the very distinctive and lovely Miss Brooks amid these languid dancers. Had she left the company for the greener pastures of Hollywood and Berlin by 1927? For someone who never made very many movies, she certainly left her mark in cinematic history.

Two words come to mind:

Wardrobe malfunction.


The diaphanous outfits on the ladies are rather revealing, but presumably it was acceptable so long as they weren't moving.


I can't believe this doesn't qualify immediately for Pretty Girls.


Pass the lotus.


Like a Maxfield Parrish painting!
If only it was in color.


1. Posing for Maxfield Parrish.
2. Smoking some exceedingly good stuff.

Heroin Chic

Apparently it debuted 70 years earlier than I thought.

Hangover city

It looks like they are acting and the scene is called "waiting our turn at the vomitorium."

Where's Bluto?

Off the set, smashing guitars no doubt.

Woodstock - 1927

Does anybody care to speculate just what was going on here?

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