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    French Heels (Hodkinson Pictures, 1922). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Irene Castle and her husband Vernon Castle were the best known ballroom dancers of the early 20th century. The Castles' initial fame began in Paris, where they introduced American dances, such as the Turkey Trot and the Grizzly Bear. When the Castles returned to the U.S., their success was repeated on a far wider scale. As the couple's celebrity increased in the mid-1910s, Irene Castle became a major fashion trendsetter, initiating the vogue for bobbed hair and shorter skirts. Her chic wardrobe was supplied almost exclusively by the couturier "Lucile", (Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon) but Irene also designed some of her clothes herself. After husband Vernon's death as a pilot during WWI, Irene starred solo in about a dozen silent films between 1917 and 1924 and appeared in several stage productions before retiring from show business. There were minor tears in the top border, and a missing top left corner in the border only. All has been beautifully restored, making this gorgeous and highly desirable stone litho one sheet near perfect in appearance. Very Fine- on Linen.

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