Pre-Code Art Deco Bombshell Jean Harlow Vintage 1931 Very Early Rare Photograph

Pre-Code Art Deco Bombshell Jean Harlow Vintage 1931 Very Early Rare Photograph

Pre-Code Art Deco Bombshell Jean Harlow Vintage 1931 Very Early Rare Photograph

Pre-Code Art Deco Bombshell Jean Harlow Vintage 1931 Very Early Rare Photograph

Pre-Code Art Deco Bombshell Jean Harlow Vintage 1931 Very Early Rare Photograph

We are honored to be your one-stop, 5-star source for vintage pin up, pulp magazines, original illustration art, decorative collectibles and ephemera with a wide and always changed assortment of antique and vintage items from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modern eras. All items are 100% guaranteed to be original, vintage, and as described. All sell no reserve! ITEM: This is a 1931 vintage and original silver gelatin photograph of Hollywood’s original platinum blonde bombshell Jean Harlow. Photographed by Ray Jones, this sexy pre-code art deco portrait oozes style and sensuality. The press snipe on verso reads, Something new — black velvet pajamas! Jean Harlow, appearing opposite Lew Ayres in’Iron Man’ for Universal, wears these exotic pajamas of black velvet with a short bolero jacket and long train. The bodice of the suit is cut with a square neckline. This comes from the estate of legendary pulp cover artist Norman Saunders. Please see below for more information about this exciting collection. Measures 8″ x 10″ on a glossy double weight paper stock. Please use the included images as a conditional guide. Like many working illustrators in the pre-internet age, Saunders was always on the look out for photograph and images to use as reference in the creation of his inventive narrative illustration paintings. In the 1930s, Saunders was working as a staff artist at Fawcett Publications in Minneapolis Minnesota. Fawcett put out a number of Hollywood fan magazines, such as Screen Secrets, Hollywood Magazine, and Motion Picture Magazine. Jack Gilrat Smalley & Rosco Kent Fawcett, editors of the publishing company, would give Saunders photographs which came into the offices for his personal use, and in later years upon his move to New York City to pursue his career as a freelance artist, he brought the photographs he had collected with him, and continued to use them as reference material for his illustrations during the rest of his professional career. The majority of these stills are from the pre-code era, and the collection includes everything from Edwin Bower Hesser nudes from Jean Harlow’s notorious Griffith Park sitting to behind the scenes stills of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. It is fascinating to see the collection as a whole, and to find examples where we can see how these images were transformed into illustration, and even occasionally see the trace of a finger print in paint along the margins. We are enthralled, and have included a couple of shots from the collection for reference. The below images are not included with sale. The item “Pre-Code Art Deco Bombshell Jean Harlow Vintage 1931 Very Early Rare Photograph” is in sale since Friday, February 10, 2017. This item is in the category “Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Photographs\Pre-1940\Black & White”. The seller is “grapefruitmoongallery” and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Size: 8″ x 10″
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

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