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Yanny & Laurel: 1946

Yanny & Laurel: 1946

November 1946. "Women in evening gowns on waterfront. San Juan, Puerto Rico." Medium format color transparency by Toni Frissell. View full size.

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I can't Stan Laurel

but I like Hardy.

I heard "Yarry"

but this photo is indeed beautiful. Sort of a "Modess, because" scene.

This is it.

I've purchased a few Shorpy photos for friends as gifts. Now there is one for me.

More forthcoming?

Are there more photos of these lovely ladies forthcoming? They look as beautiful as the dresses. And the lighting is fantastic.

well played

Too bad the caption didn't happen to say "blue and black" evening gowns.


I only see Laurel

What my mother would say

Stand up straight. You look like a question mark.


The word gorgeous does not cut it here.

Astonishing, astounding! Beautiful! Captivating! Delirious! Enchanting. I could go to the end of the alphabet with this, but I don't want to take up space on the server.

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