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Madame F: 1922

Madame F: 1922

New York circa 1922. The second of five photos labeled with a notation that looks like "Farnham." 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

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Flaming Mame!

"Turned-up nose, Turn down hose, flapper, yessir, one of those!"

Promotion to the "Pretty Girls" Category

Even after 88 years I think Madame F deserves a promotion to the "Pretty Girls" category, stockings be damned! What do you think, Dave?


When I was in my early 20s and enamoured of everything vintage, I would have given my eye teeth to look exactly like this gorgeous flapper girlie!


Except anything but.

The negative comments regarding her and her stockings reflect an astonishingly petty viewpoint given that we're looking at her almost a century later.

Put some modern tattoos and pierces on her and get back to us about her tramp status.


Stockings rolled below the knee were *exactly* the come-hither look. It wasn't that long before this picture that women's legs were completely covered. I guess the viewer is supposed to be so amazed by the sight of her knees that he overlooks the snags in the stockings. That said, those are some amazingly serviceable looking soles. That, imho, detracts more from the "come hither" look than the snags do.

Nice earrings, too.


She could've left those raggedy snagged old stockings in her dresser drawer. They don't match up with the come-hither look.

Fun with Photography

This picture brings to mind the work of E.J. Bellocq,who documented the ladies of Storyville, New Orleans at the turn of the century. Not that I'm making any assumptions about this womans line of work.

Worst brand of silk stockings in flapperdom

Okay, I get it that she is sitting on a table. That's the first strange thing. The second strange thing are those stockings. They're genuine silk, complete with holes and runs. But the way they cobbled together the feet on them looks bizarre. I see at least four seams to irritate feet.


And nothing but.


Quite the saucy vamp!! Very pretty lady.

She has

Bette Davis eyes.

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