Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties, ca. 1910s-20s

Beginning in 1915, Mack Sennett assembled a bevy of girls known as the Sennett Bathing Beauties to appear in provocative bathing costumes in comedy short subjects, in promotional material, and in promotional events like Venice Beach beauty contests.

Not individually featured or named, many of these young women ascended to significant careers of their own. They included Juanita Hansen, Claire Anderson, Marie Prevost, Phyllis Haver, and Carole Lombard. In the 1920s Sennett's Bathing Beauties remained popular enough to provoke imitators like the Christie Studios' Bathing Beauties (counting Raquel Torres and Laura La Plante as alumni) and Fox Film Corporation's "Sunshine Girls" (counting Janet Gaynor as alumni). The Sennett Bathing Beauties would continue to appear through 1928.

























































2 comments:

  1. i love these! especially the one of the female detectives and the happy flying student

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  2. They all seem so beautiful, and I think it is because they are happy. I realize they had their standards of beauty even then, but I believe that those were likely more realistic standards than those standards young women hold today. Plus, there was not the prevalence of that standard in the media available to them to fill them with self-doubt. It is a shame that, in some ways, we cannot return to those simpler times.

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