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Margaret Severn: 1923

Margaret Severn: 1923

July 16, 1923. Long Island, New York. "Severn, Margaret, Miss." The dancer Margaret Severn (1901-1997). 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

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Stunning

Absolutely gorgeous photo (and subject). It's a shame that a famous star of a century ago barely earns three sentences on Wikipedia, but it's a reminder that we are all destined to fade from memory.

Melancholy blog comments aside, here's a fascinating article (with many photographs) about Ms. Severn.

Movies Too

Motion Pictures of the pre-1930s were not shy to be daring as far as nudity or suggestive posture. The 'Hayes Office' (of moral purity) put an end to that when it was thought to have gone too far.
Welcome to the era of erotic censorship.

Female Version ...

... of the Shorpy Rowers photos?

My first thought

She looks like a hood ornament for a fine car.

Playboy 1920s

Genthe could have been the Hugh Hefner of the '20s. Some of his photos of dancers (or men and women posing as dancers/actors) are delightfully risque.

Strange

In addition to Arnold Genthe's weird hen scratching on negatives, he had strange poses for his subjects.

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Pushing the limits for 1923, perhaps

Stay out of the water.

And the Ys have it

Nice touch, ShorpY.

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