Schiaparelli by André Durst (1936)

André Durst was a French photographer and heir to Marseilles soap. A close friend of the Noailles and the sponsor of Salvador Dali and Elsa Schiaparelli, the French photographer caught the eye of Vogue and soon proposed his exquisite and original images to the magazine. His work caught the attention of Condé Nast, who signed him as a Vogue photographer. He eventually became French Vogue’s primary photographer.

His mentor was photographer George Hoyningen-Huené.


André Durst, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1936 via


André Durst, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1936 via

Renée Adorée by Ruth Harriet Louise (1928)


 Eve Magazine: Renée Adorée by Ruth Harriet Louise (1928) via

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 Eve Magazine: Renée Adorée by Ruth Harriet Louise (1928) via

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 Eve Magazine: Renée Adorée by Ruth Harriet Louise (1928) via


 Eve Magazine: Renée Adorée by Ruth Harriet Louise (1928) via

Alluring Vintage Celebrity Photos by Jean De Strelecki

A painter, sculptor, poet and camera artist, Jean de Strelecki became the chief photographer of celebrities for Reutlinger Studio, Paris, in the 1910s. During this period he studied painting with Leon Bakst, the revolutionary scenic designer for the Ballet Russe.

De Strelecki took hundreds of photographs of the Ballet Russe during their historic forays to France. Among these dance images was Anna Pavlova’s favorite image of herself, as the swan. Bakst introduced de Strelecki to Serge Diaghilev, impresario of the Ballet Russe, who convinced him to set himself up as an independent artist. With Baron Adolph de Meyer, de Strelecki supplied photographic publicity portraits for dancers for several productions, most famously for Sheherazade.

In 1915 de Strelecki crossed the Atlantic to avoid the disruptions of war, residing in Newport, Rhode Island.


Dancer Roshanara for production of Sinbad at the Winter Garden Theatre, by Jean de Streleck, 1918 via


Dancer Roshanara by Jean de Streleck, 1910s-1920s via


Dancer Ruth St. Denis by Jean de Strelecki via


Ruth St Denis in Greek Veil Plastique by Jean de Strelecki, 1922 (via nypl) via

Beautiful Vintage Photos of 1920s Paris by André Kertész

André Kertész (1894 – 1985), born Kertész Andor, was a Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and the photo essay.

In the early years of his career, his then-unorthodox camera angles and style prevented his work from gaining wider recognition.

Today he is considered one of the seminal figures of photojournalism.


André Kertész, “Latin Quarter,” Paris, 1926 via


André Kertész – A Window on the Quai Voltaire, Paris, 1928 via



André Kertész ”Carnival, Paris (woman reading behind stage)” 1926 Gelatin silver print 10 3/4 x 13 inches © Courtesy Estate of André Kertész/Higher Pictures 2007 via


André Kertész, My Friends at Cafe du Dome, 1928 via


André Kertész Untitled (La fontaine de la Place de la Concorde), Paris, 1925 via

Ann Pennington teaching Felix the Cat how to dance the “Black Bottom”.

The “Black Bottom” refers to a dance which became popular in the 1920s, originating among African Americans in the rural South. It was adopted by mainstream American culture  and became a national craze in the 1920s.

The dance was most famously performed by Ziegfeld Follies star Ann Pennington (1893 – 1971) , who danced the Black Bottom in a Broadway revue put on by Ziegfeld’s rival George White in 1926. The dance was first popularized in New York by the African American show Dinaah that had been staged in Harlem in 1924, after Pennington performed the Black Bottom on Broadway, the dance became a national phenomenon, overtaking The Charleston in popularity.

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Ann Pennington teaches Felix the Cat the Black Bottom (1927) via

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Ann Pennington teaches Felix the Cat the Black Bottom (1927) via


Ann Pennington teaches Felix the Cat the Black Bottom (1927) via

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Ann Pennington teaches Felix the Cat the Black Bottom (1927) via


Ann Pennington teaches Felix the Cat the Black Bottom (1927) via

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Ann Pennington teaches Felix the Cat the Black Bottom (1927) via

Vintage Photos of the Original “Boop Oop a Doop Girl” Helen Kane

Helen Kane’s (1904 – 1966) first performance at the Paramount Theater in Times Square proved to be her career’s launching point.

When singing “That’s My Weakness Now”, she interpolated the scat lyrics “boop-boop-a-doop”. This resonated with the flapper culture, and four days later, Helen Kane’s name went up in lights – her signature song was “I Wanna Be Loved By You”.

Kane’s voice and appearance were a likely source for Fleischer Studios animator Grim Natwick when creating Betty Boop, itself a style originating from Baby Esther.


Helen Kane  via


Helen Kane  via


Helen Kane via