Tallulah Bankhead in 1930s Drama Faithless (1932)

Faithless is a 1932 American romantic drama film about a spoiled socialite who learns a sharp lesson when she loses all her money during the Great Depression.

The film stars Tallulah Bankhead and Robert Montgomery, and was based on Mildred Cram’s novel Tinfoil, which was the film’s working title.

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Tallulah Bankhead in Faithless. Photo by Clarence Sinclair Bull, 1932 via

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Tallulah Bankhead in Faithless. Photo by Clarence Sinclair Bull, 1932 via

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Robert Montgomery & Tallulah Bankhead  publicity still for Faithless, 1932 via

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Robert Montgomery & Tallulah Bankhead in Faithless, 1932 via

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Portrait of Tallulah Bankhead in Faithless, 1932 via

Madeleine Vionnet Dresses by Leon Benigni (1930)

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Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, in L’Officiel de la Couture, illustration by Leon Benigni, 1930s via

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Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, in L’Officiel de la Couture, illustration by Leon Benigni, 1930s via

Jean Patou Dress by André Durst (1939)

French fashion designer Jean Patou ( 1880-1936) was the founder of the Jean Patou brand.

Patou’s clothes were marketed mostly to rich American women. When the stock market crashed, however, so did the market for luxury fashion. The House of Patou survived through its perfumes, which remain well known today.

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Jean Patou, Dress, photographed by André Durst for Vogue, 1939 via

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Jean Patou, Dress, photographed by André Durst for Vogue, 1939 via

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.

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André Durst, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1936 via

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André Durst, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1936 via

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Vintage Photos of New York City

Berenice Abbott (1898 – 1991), née Bernice Abbott, was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930’s. Abbott went to Europe in 1921, spending two years studying sculpture in Paris and Berlin.She studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris and the Kunstschule in Berlin. During this time, she adopted the French spelling of her first name, “Berenice,”Abbott first became involved with photography in 1923, when Man Ray hired her as a darkroom assistant at his portrait studio in Montparnasse. Later she wrote:

“I took to photography like a duck to water. I never wanted to do anything else.”

Very few details are known about her personal life. The film “Berenice Abbott: A View of the 20th Century”, which showed 200 of her black and white photographs, suggests that she was a “proud proto-feminist”; someone who was ahead of her time in feminist theory. Before the film was completed she questioned:

“The world doesn’t like independent women, why, I don’t know, but I don’t care.”

Abbott proposed Changing New York, her grand project to document New York City, to the Federal Art Project (FAP) in 1935. The FAP was a Depression-era government program for unemployed artists and workers in related fields such as illustration and publishing. Abbott’s efforts resulted in a book in 1939, in advance of the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow NY. At the project’s conclusion, the FAP distributed complete sets of Abbott’s final 302 images to high schools, libraries and other public institutions in the metropolitan area, plus the State Library in Albany  (source).

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Night View, New York by Berenice Abbott, 1930s via

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Broadway and Rector from Above, New York, by Berenice Abbott, 1930s via

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Manhattan, New York, by Berenice Abbott, 1930s via

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Flatiron Building, Manhattan, by Berenice Abbott via

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Madison Square by Berenice Abbott, 1930s via

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Penn Station, Interior, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott, 1930s

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ElSecond and Third Avenue Lines; Bowery and Division Street, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott (1930s) via