Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thelma Todd First National Publicity Photo

This photograph dates from the late 1920's.


ITEM: You are bidding on a 1920s original large format and erotically charged photograph of Hal Roach comedianne Thelma Todd, a soft focus and dramatic close up view by Harold Dean Carsey.  Carsey was a master at these teasing views, which elude to the sitters irrepressable sensuality without crossing the line into actual nudity.  Todd, here described on verso as a featured player for First National Pictures, is one of the most notorious Boulevard of Broken Dreams figures of the 1920s, and these vintage large format views of her are quite scarce. This is a beautiful and very early example with inkstamp for Carsey on verso.


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