Saturday, October 1, 2011

Clara Bow

Clara Bow

Clara Bow, born in Brooklyn, was an American actress and sex symbol who rose to fame in the silent film era of the 1920s. The picture below was taken when she won a movie magazine contest in 1921, the prize being a part in a film. This was the start of her career.


Jean Arthur, Clara Bow, Jean Harlow and Leone Lane in The Saturday Night Kid (1929)

Thanks to the people at Sepia Saturday for providing me with an excellent excuse to post these pictures.

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17 comments:

  1. Weren't they stunning? How old was she when she won the contest? She looks so young and natural.

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  2. Although so obviously posed, I think the first image to me is the most striking.

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  3. I just love the fashions back then, would like to have a pair of boots like that! Back then, even the dresses had character.

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  4. I was nine years old when the photo from your previous post was taken. Had 3 beloved uncles in the service.
    Love your shots and the story of Clara Bow, I think they called her "The It girl." How about those boots?
    Great post.

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  5. And thanks from the people at Sepia Saturday for making use of the excuse and giving us such wonderful images. Am I getting old - or do they no longer make them like those you feature?

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  6. Don't wait for an excuse post as many pictures as you like if they are all like this.

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  7. How funny, we both chose a Clara! Your Clara Bow was a lot more of a sex symbol than mine. :) :)

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  8. I think the first photo looks very symbolic of its time, but the second one looks very modern and contemporary.

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  9. She and they really were beauties. Something about these black and whites that sets off their features better than with today's instant digitals.

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  10. Whoa! Clara is certainly a beauty and is very photogenic. Thanks for the pictures.

    Kathy M.

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  11. What a treat - these are lovely photos.

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  12. The original It girl, and so pretty. No excuse needed to post these lovely pics.

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  13. Wonderful photo and I love the boots in the first one.

    You mentioned in your comment on my blog that you didn't know that there had been conflict during the European settlement years in New Zealand so I thought you might like to look at this entry about the NZ Wars: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_wars
    Several people were killed in the battle that my post was about and others injured. I don't know what loss the Maori suffered - these wars were only ever reported from the European point of view.

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  14. Quite the lovely ladies...they sure could turn heads even today...I want those boots in the first photo! very cool!

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  15. you actually possess such pictures? wow!! more, please!!! they are amazing!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  16. So amazing, just heard on the morning news a name from the past and one I never really heard before, Clara Bow, until your post and now if you know the Hollywood couple Demi Moore and her Hubby were on the news tweeting about Clara Bow....now how odd and what a small world this is...perhaps they are on blogger too, and caught your post! Very timely I would say....I'll have to google Clara and learn more about her!

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  17. What I find most fascinating is that she's wearing boots with a dress. I don't know that I ever saw a woman dressed like this from back then. It has always seemed to be a fashion of the 1960s onward.

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