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    Fred and Adele Astaire in "Smiles" Publicity Stills by Hal Phyfe (1930). Stills (2) (11" X 14").
    Vintage black and white, double weight, stills. Before becoming a Hollywood legend, Fred Astaire and his older sister Adele were well-known stage performers, beginning in vaudeville as children. During the 1920s, the pair appeared on Broadway in a number of prestigious vehicles. After a failed Hollywood screentest in 1928, the pair returned to Broadway for a time, but split up for good in 1932 when Adele married Lord Charles Cavendish. The photos offered here are from Fred and Adele's Broadway run in Smiles (1930), a show produced by Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. that had a brief run at the Ziegfeld Theater. The sepia-toned matte photo has chips in the bottom corners, and "O.K. 1 Choice" written in pencil in the upper left. It has pinholes in the top border and Hal Phyfe's embossed stamp in the lower left. The reverse shows a photographer's stamp, a theater stamp, a date stamp, several Culver Pictures stamps, and some writing in both pencil and grease pencil. In spite of the flaws, these are rare and historic photographs, showcasing the early, pre-Hollywood career of one of the screen's greatest actors. Fine.

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