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STEVENS, Charles O., & Max Sommers.

Photographs of Jazz Era Window Displays for Meier & Frank's Department Store, Portland, OR.

Portland, OR: Charles O. Stevens, & Max Sommers Feature Service, [c.1925] Stock Code: 84121
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Four real black and white photo images on semi-gloss stock of the windows of Meier & Frank at night, showing attractive flapper era women's fashions. These four salesman's sample photos, which are notably well-preserved, offer an invaluable historical reference for the marketing of women's fashions at the height of the Jazz Age.

Founded in 1857, at the time of these images Meier & Frank, humorously referred to locally as Murphy & Finnigan's, was the largest retail outlet west of the Mississippi, one of the largest in the country. Two of the photos include distinctive art deco themes with Ikebana-inspired flower arrangements amongst geometric display elements. The styles include typically 20s drop-waisted dresses in one, and cocktail, or party dresses with full skirts in chiffon in the other. Another creates a fantastic formalised setting incorporating a large French Madame Pompadour-style fan in the background with heavy brocade swags, interspersed with large Asparagus Ferns in jardinières; while the other, identified as "Spring" on a small placard - includes an Italianate garden terrace setting with amphorae and rose-twined balusters.

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4 large window-display photographs (image 247 x 178 mm; print 350 x 279 mm) of flapper era women's spring and summer fashions in the windows of Meier & Frank in downtown Portland, Oregon, wet-stamps of Stevens and Sommers verso of two of the prints


Some spotting, two hole-punched at left margin, one also with a small chip at the upper fore-edge not affecting image, one creased at the corner, solely in the margin, remain very good.


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