Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Web Wandering Wednesday - Wandering The World and The Web



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.

Unknown Woman
Mathews Photo Studio

613 N. 6th St.

Kansas City, Kansas


Those smoky eyes.


Those "gotta be" red lips.


This photograph reminded me so much of Theda Bara in a similar pose.



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.

Sources:

The Vamp. Mathews. Unknown. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, WA.

Theda Bara in the Broadway Show the Blue Flame
. Unknown. 1920. AllPosters.com

7 Comments:

Blogger Sheri said...

I have my ways of finding out all kinds of stuff. I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you. You know the "spy law" and all. LOL Miss you fM!

August 18, 2010 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Glad you kept the secret, but I was on the way to killing myself. Fortunately, I didn't make the list. Whew!

Still wearing your decoder ring? Decoding this comment reads "I miss you too!"

-fM

August 18, 2010 at 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Donna - What's Past is Prologue said...

Killa,

Sure makes you wonder what that woman's story is, no?

And, for the record, I taught Sheri everything she knows. Well, not everything...

Donner

August 18, 2010 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Yes, I do wonder what the story is. A local thespian perhaps? Maybe I should send her to PennyD. She knows everyone's story and she dishes.

I know some of the things Sheri knows, and that's why she has those "Get out of Hell Free" Cards.

So I wouldn't be so quick to take credit.

-fM

August 18, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
OpenID Moultrie Creek said...

Feathers and black lace - nothing says glam better!

August 18, 2010 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Theda Bara was glam all over. I can see why women and even established stars wanted to emulate her.

-fM

August 18, 2010 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger KMMofLA said...

I'd forgotten what she looked like. Vamp indeed. That's a good reference for her. Like I told you, I had more fun shopping that day. I still owe Sheri a Mardi Gras tiara and she won't let me forget it!

August 18, 2010 at 9:29 PM  

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