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INCLUDED HERE ARE IMAGES OF MOVIE STARS, BATHING BEAUTIES, AND PIN-UPS OF THE 1920s. THE DATE IS A BIT DECEPTIVE SINCE MANY OF THE IMAGES – ESPECIALLY THE MACK SENNETT COMEDIES – DATE TO THE TEENS, AND I DO NOT HAVE ACCURATE DATING FOR MANY IMAGES.

THE LATE TEENS AND EARLY TWENTIES ARE CLOSE ENOUGH IN SPIRIT TO BE INCLUDED TOGETHER. AS YOU MAY READILY SEE IN THE IMAGES, WOMEN OF THE ERA HAD A SPECIAL SENSE OF CHARM AND GRACE AND WHIMSY. FROM THE DRAMATIC LIGHTING AND STYLES AND MELODRAMATIC POSES OF FAMOUS MOVIE STARS TO THE CARE TAKEN IN POSING HANDS AND FEET OF THE PIN-UPS AND TO THEIR WHIMSICAL COSTUMES THERE IS A CAPTIVATING AND PLAYFUL, ALMOST ANTIC, SENSE OF STYLE.

HAIR STYLING DEPARTED DRAMATICALLY FROM THE EARLY PART OF THE CENTURY, AND EYE MAKE-UP PLAYED A SPECIAL ROLE IN THE MELODRAMATIC AND COMEDIC IMAGES. IN GENERAL, PIN-UPS OF THE TIME WERE POSITIVELY CHASTE BY LATER STANDARDS.

AMONG THE FACE TYPES WHICH WERE POPULAR, I NOTE PARTICULARLY THE RENOIR-TYPES – HARRIET HAMMOND, MARIE PREVOST, MARY THURMOND, AND PHYLLIS HAVER – WITH THEIR SWEET SMILES AND MANY WITH FULLER FACES THAN WE SEE IN TODAY’S ACTRESSES AND MODELS .

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I HAVE JUST ADDED A SELECTION OF FRENCH POSTCARDS OF THE SAME PERIOD.

HERE IS A SMALL SET OF THE LEGENDARY 1920s FRENCH POSTCARDS – SOME OF THE MOST ALLURING PHOTOS EVER TAKEN OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN. THEY ARE NOT PORNOGRAPHIC BUT DEFINITELY EROTIC.

THEY ARE, IN GENERAL, FAR MORE DARING THAN THE MAINLY AMERICAN ARCADE CARD PHOTOS WHICH HAVE FEATURED ON THE SITE FROM THE BEGINNING.

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ARCADE CARD - EXHIBIT SUPPLY COMPANY - PIN-UP - WOMAN STANDING WITH HANDS TO FACE WITH STRANDS OF VINE AROUND HER FIGURE - 1920s

ARCADE CARD - EVANS L A - PIN-UP - WOMAN PROFILE IN EGYPTIAN-LIKE POSE WEARING FLORAL PATTERN BATHING SUIT AND SHOES AND LONG STOCKINGS - 1920s

ARCADE CARD - EXHIBIT SUPPLY COMPANY - PIN-UP - WOMAN IN ELABORATE FLAPPER OUTFIT KNEELINGON BED NEAR A LITTLE STATUE - TINTED SERIES - 1920s

ARCADE CARD - EXHIBIT SUPPLY COMPANY - PIN-UP - WOMAN IN GRACEFUL DANCE POSE WITHA SWORD AND BEADED OUTFIT - ELABORATE BED BEHIND - TINTED SERIES - 1920s

ARCADE CARD - EXHIBIT SUPPLY COMPANY - PIN-UP - WOMAN WEARING NIGHTIE AND HIGH HEELS WITH ONE FOOT AGAINST WALL ARRANGING VASE OF FLOWERS - TINTED SERIES - 1920s

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