When wandering the web you meet some of the most wonderful real world people. Take Kathi Mayor for example. She found me, struck up a conversation via email, and we became fast friends.
Then Kathi orchestrated a lovely surprise for the photographically addicted footnoteMaven. She had found some very interesting photographs in an antiques store in Denham Springs, Louisianna. Wanting to make a gift of the photographs, she conspired with one of Maven's real world friends, Sheri Fenley, The Educated Genealogist, to secure Maven's real world address. Thank you, Sheri. Sheri is a former agent for the CIA.
What a lovely surprise appeared in the old mailbox on the post out by the road. Photographs, lovely photographs. Both Kathi and I are drawn to "the vamp" below. A true glamor shot.
Mathews Photo Studio
613 N. 6th St.
Kansas City, Kansas
Theda Bara was a silent film actress. She was one of the most popular screen actresses of her era, and one of cinema's earliest sex symbols. Her femme fatale roles earned her the nickname "The Vamp" (short for vampire). "Vamp" soon became a popular slang term for a sexually predatory woman.
Yes, I think Kathi's glamor gift was vamping for the camera and may have seen one of Theda's publicity shots. (Check out the hands.) Isn't she fantastic?
Thank you, Kathi, I loved every photograph you were kind enough to send. Another of the photographs Kathi sent will be featured in "The Memento Mori Edition" of Shades The Magazine.
The web and the world continue to delight and amaze me.
The Vamp. Mathews. Unknown. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, WA.
Theda Bara in the Broadway Show the Blue Flame. Unknown. 1920. AllPosters.com