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(FASHION.) STEVENS, Charles O. & Max Sommers.

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

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Published: Portland, OR Charles O. Stevens, & Max Sommers Feature Service, c.1925

Stock Code: 84121

OR On display in 100 Fulham Road


Four real black and white photo images on semi-gloss stock of the windows of Meier & Frank at night. 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. These four salesman's sample photos from the 20s offer an invaluable historical reference for the marketing of women's fashions at the height of the Jazz Age. 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 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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