Indian Scout Police Model Motorcycle Girl & Pup 1920s Charles Sheldon Photograph For Sale
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Indian Scout Police Model Motorcycle Girl & Pup 1920s Charles Sheldon Photograph: $12
ITEM: This is a 1920s vintage and original gelatin silver photograph taken by American illustrator and amateur photographer, Charles Sheldon. In this location view, an officer with his police model Indian Scout motorcycle tends to a little girl and her pup, apparently rendering first aid to the dog's injured paw. Sheldon was a passionate Indian owner and rider and held an advertising account with the company. A narrative image, especially out of doors, was unusual for Sheldon, but he loved experimenting with his camera, as seen here. A charming Roaring Twenties artifact that is sure to please!
Charles Gates Sheldon created advertising pastels and paintings for lingerie companies, Fox Shoes, Breck Shampoo (he originated the “Breck Girl” campaign), and movie magazine cover portraits. Sheldon maintained a studio at Carnegie Hall in NYC during the '20s and '30s and photographed the glamorous Hollywood film stars of the era for his cover portrait work, including Jean Harlow, Clara Bow, Marion Davies, Gloria Swanson, Pola Negri, Olive Borden, Mary Pickford, and dozens more.
What makes this collection so interesting is these stills were never meant for public consumption, they were taken to be used as reference for his pastel portraiture work. It is unique to see such glamorous stars posed often times so informally and unscripted. Part of Sheldon’s talent was a knack for convincing his artist’s models and leading ladies to pose for him partially undressed or fully nude — emulating the spirit of NYC’s Ziegfeld Follies and other burlesque revues which had taken Manhattan by storm during the Roaring 20s.
Measures 5" x 7" sepia on single weight, glossy paper stock.
Guaranteed to be 100% vintage and original from Grapefruit Moon Gallery.