Louise Brooks c. 1927

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    "When I went to Hollywood in 1927, the girls were wearing lumpy sweaters and skirts...I was wearing sleek suits and half naked beaded gowns and piles and piles of furs."
    ~ Louise Brooks (1906-1985)

    Poor Louise! While she was at the top, she did indeed wear piles and piles of furs, beaded gowns, strings of pearls, and sometimes nothing at all. But by 1946 after her career was on the skids, she had to take a $40-a-week job as a sales girl at Saks Fifth Avenue to make a living. A beautiful woman and considered by many to be the chief example of a "Flapper," Louise was not only a talented actress and showgirl, but also a dancer and writer as well.

    This is a 5" x 7" old photograph in my personal collection. Whether or not Louise herself actually autographed it or if someone else signed the picture, I cannot say. However, the signature does appear to be an old one.

    This particular photograph of Louise is one of 16 different poses in the famous "speckled dress" that were taken by George P. Hommel about 1927.

    greta_g, taz or be tazzed, backbyte, and 121 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. sunnybrook100 61 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the fave, elinor04!

    2. york2002 [deleted] 61 months ago | reply

      Fantastic image, a timeless beauty !.

    3. sunnybrook100 61 months ago | reply

      Thank you so much, york2002. I'm glad you liked her. Thanks also for the fave!

    4. Kim_Randall 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Autograph Collections, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    5. sunnybrook100 60 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the invitation, Kim_Randall! The photograph has been added to the group.

    6. Kim_Randall 60 months ago | reply

      So awesome! Thank you so much :)

    7. sunnybrook100 60 months ago | reply

      You're quite welcome.

    8. sunnybrook100 59 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the fave, tatraskoda!

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    16. G. MATHIEU des PLANTEURS 57 months ago | reply

      Bonjour, je suis un administrateur du groupe 30's "ART DECO period", et nous aimerions beaucoup que vous ajoutiez votre photo à notre groupe.

    17. sunnybrook100 56 months ago | reply

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    19. immensedarkblossom 56 months ago | reply

      It most likely is her penmanship, but as with typical promotional photos of the time (I have a couple myself), the signature was facsimiled onto the photograph. It's a great image, though...it's comforting to see the brightness in her eyes. Her spirit never faded away despite the hardships that she faced.

    20. akl. 54 months ago | reply

      She is one of my favorites. What a beautiful woman.

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