"Charlie Chan in Shanghai" 1935, Starring Warner Oland, Irene Hervey, and Charles Locher. (click their names to view their info). Check out Irene's ensemble. I wonder what color it was. The trim on her hat, her gloves and her purse all match her blouse.
This portrait doll of Coco Chanel was made by the Italian company, Lenci. She is a smoker. The photo, below, is how she was when Sue received her. Using the remnants of Coco's outfit as a guide/pattern, Sue made a new dress and underskirt for her, using the same type of fabric - felt and organza.
What do you do when a famous dress designer needs one herself?
"The Strong Man" This 1926 film stars Harry Langdon, Gertrude Astor and Priscilla Bonner. There is a "Cubeb" all composition smoker in this film. I have also seen this doll referred to in 1924/1926 ads as "Charleston Girl" and "The Parisienne," as well as "Flapper Doll." This doll is wearing a felt pant suit, similar to a Lenci Fadette.
The movie is about a Belgium World War I "POW" who ends up in America to find the girl who wrote him letters. It had some good scenes in it, and I had a good laugh.
Here are more male boudoir dolls, or at least most are male. Some are dressed as males and could be female, but I consider them masculine. Several represent the French Apache. Two are hand puppets and one is a marionette. There are three that are Rudolph Valentino.
This is my grandmother and her second husband in 1930.
I do not know who everyone is in this photo, but I think a couple of them are Great Uncles. The couple on the right is my grandmother and grandfather. Not sure of the year, but would guess post World War I/early 1920's?
This is my grandfather in World War I.He died during the flu epidemic in the 1920's.
I received a very nice email from Mirdza Kalnins' granddaughter. She sent me the following information and YouTube Video:
"She used to perform in Theatre. She was in the national Opera of Riga from 1927 till 1933, and she was going often in Paris to perfect her technique with the maestro Nikolaj Legat. Then in Rome she danced with the Teatro dell'Opera (opera theatre), as soloist and principal dancer. Here she danced Petrouchka, Coppelia, Carmen, Fedora, Principe Igor, etc...
She was part of the Vittorio De Sica's movie "Finisce sempre così", but she performed in several other movies as well. Check this YouTube video. She plays The Light in the version of Excelsior:"
This 1990's British series, "House of Eliott," is a story about sisters entering the fashion world in the 1920's. I highly recommend this DVD set. It is available on Netflix, or you can get the whole series on DVD at Amazon. The fashion in this series is excellent.
Check out the authentic (or a really good replica) of Picture Play magazine with Valentino on the cover.
In my next post, I will show you a side-by-side comparison of the laced-up pants that Francesca Folan (Penelope) is wearing and a Nazimova boudoir doll that wears a similar outfit.
I love when a doll is tagged! This doll was made by the Standard Doll Company. Collectors, in general, refer to these types of dolls as Standards, whether they were made by this company or not. Click the photos to view the auction.