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Three women photographed on Blackpool promenade during a heat wave in July 1934. The woman in the middle is wearing a mass market copy of t...

Three women photographed on Blackpool promenade during a heat wave in July 1934. The woman in the middle is wearing a mass market copy of t...

When looking at old photographs, it always seems that people of older times used to be so much more solemn and serious. That must come from the poor cameras, that had to have people stand very still, in order to come out just right in the picture. Seeing this strip illuminates how human, fun and not-always solemn were our grandparents

When looking at old photographs, it always seems that people of older times used to be so much more solemn and serious. That must come from the poor cameras, that had to have people stand very still, in order to come out just right in the picture. Seeing this strip illuminates how human, fun and not-always solemn were our grandparents

Joan Crawford, 1932 - The 'Letty Lytton dress' by Adrian. Manufacturers copied it and women flocked to department stores to buy it.

Joan Crawford, 1932 - The 'Letty Lytton dress' by Adrian. Manufacturers copied it and women flocked to department stores to buy it.

Girl with decompostion. Many times the photographer was not immediately available. (This would be an unfortunate permanent reminder of the deceased..)

Girl with decompostion. Many times the photographer was not immediately available. (This would be an unfortunate permanent reminder of the deceased..)

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in   "Swing Time" 1936. Costumes designed by Bernard Newman. One can still see the influence in it of Adrian's Letty Lynton gown.

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in "Swing Time" 1936. Costumes designed by Bernard Newman. One can still see the influence in it of Adrian's Letty Lynton gown.

Artist: Betty J. Rolenz, 1991. Likely a souvenir from a past convention. The artist did an excellent job with this Adrian gown.  "Letty Lynton" was the name of a 1932 Joan Crawford film.

Artist: Betty J. Rolenz, 1991. Likely a souvenir from a past convention. The artist did an excellent job with this Adrian gown. "Letty Lynton" was the name of a 1932 Joan Crawford film.

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