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Betty Bared: 1930

Betty Bared: 1930

New York, 1930. "Margolies, Betty, Miss, profile view." Somewhere in Lower Manhattan: her neckline. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

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Women then were every bit as beautiful as they are now...oh, to have lived in the first half of the 20th century!

That side burn thing . . .

once known as a fashionable "spit curl". Found this relevant photo - "1920s Hairstyles History Long Hair to Bobbed Hair. Billie Dove's Iconic Spit Curls"

Never did it

I think this is negative abrading to lighten dark areas, actually scraping silver and emulsion off the substrate. I guess it becomes smoother when you dodge it in printing (cast a shadow over the area on the print paper to lighten it) but since Shorpy displays the scanned neg you see the raw work.

Lower, Indeed!

Perhaps as far as Battery Park!

More strange retouching action

I can maybe understand removing the shadow (or actual hair) that had fallen on her left shoulder, but the side burn thing is just odd.


Looking at that photo, I keep instinctively trying to scroll down just a liiiiiiittle further.

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