Louise Brooks c. 1927

"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.

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Uploaded on December 30, 2007