1920s vintage and original silver gelatin photograph taken by American illustrator and amateur photographer Charles Sheldon of a playful flapper model dressed in a Pierrot-style costume, obviously having fun. This still was likely taken as an aid to the creation of a pastel work for an advertisement or women's magazine fashion plate.
This wonderful old still was taken by Charles Gates Sheldon at his Carnegie Hall studio where he created advertising pastels and paintings for lingerie companies, Fox Shoes, Breck Shampoo (he originated the “Breck Girl” campaign), and movie magazine cover portraits. Sheldon maintained his Carnegie Hall studio in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s and photographed the glamorous Hollywood film stars of the era for his cover portrait work. Stars who sat for Sheldon include: Jean Harlow, Clara Bow, Marion Davies, Gloria Swanson, Pola Negri, Olive Borden, Mary Pickford, and dozens of others.
What makes this collection so interesting is these stills were never meant for public consumption. They were taken to be used for his pastel portraiture work. Many are unscripted — Sheldon was an amateur photographer and it is unique to see such glamorous stars posed so informally. Part of Sheldon’s talent was a knack for convincing his models and leading ladies to pose for him partially undressed or fully nude — emulating the spirit of NYC’s Ziegfeld Follies and other burlesque revues which had taken Manhattan by storm during the Roaring 20s.
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