Here a vintage photograph takes away some curves in an early example of photographic dieting (which shows women have been presented doctored up earlier than one might think.) Actually published photos have been lying all along. (See my earlier post "Pictures always lie".) Never mind that this photo was likely used to advertise a nightclub performance for men...it is deceptive and as we have long known, demeaning. One reason I like to tell stories with vernacular photographs is that the professional ones always deceive. We have always taken it for granted, I guess. Guess what I just learned? Advertisements lie too!
Slim made slimmer for publication vintage photograph, circa 1950. Collection Jim Linderman See information on new photobook THE BIRTH OF ROCK AND ROLL HERE.