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October 21, 2011

60 Extraordinary Portrait Photos of Lovely Anonymous Ziegfeld Follies Showgirls from between the 1910s and 1940s

Alfred Cheney Johnston (known as "Cheney" to his friends and associates) (1885-1971) was a New York City-based photographer known for his portraits of Ziegfeld Follies showgirls as well as of actors and actresses from the worlds of stage and film.

In approximately 1917, Johnston was hired by famed New York City live-theater showman and producer Florenz Ziegfeld as a contracted photographer, and was affiliated with the Ziegfeld Follies for the next fifteen years or so.

He also maintained his own highly successful personal commercial photo studio at various locations around New York City as well, photographing everything from aspiring actresses and society matrons to a wide range of upscale retail commercial products—mostly men's and women's fashions—for magazine ads.

He photographed several hundred actresses and showgirls (mainly in New York City, and whether they were part of the Follies or not) during that time period. Alfred Cheney Johnston died in a car crash near his home in Connecticut on April 17, 1971, three years after the death of his longtime wife, Doris. They had no children.

Featuring here the photographs of lovely, anonymous Ziegfeld girls taken by Alfred Johnston from between the 1910s and 1940s.






























































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