Category: 1924

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Gloria Swanson photographed by Edward Steichen

for Vanity Fair, 1924.

Rudolph Valentino aboard the S.S. Leviathan, November 1924.

Valentino caused a frenzy when he returned from Europe with a beard. The following announcement was issued by the Associated Master Barbers: “Our members are pledged not to attend a showing of Rudolph Valentino’s photoplays as long as he remains bewhiskered.” There was fear that the ‘male population of America is very likely to be guided by Valentino to the extent of making whiskers fashionable again,” and that “such a fashion would not only work harmful injury to barbers, but would so utterly deface America, as to make Americans difficult to distinguish from Russians.” Because of the public outcry and pressure, Valentino shaved off his beard.

Rudolph Valentino in “A Sainted Devil” (1924)

Gloria Swanson photographed by Edward Steichen

for Vanity Fair, 1924.

Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Mary Pickford photographed by Edward Steichen for Vanity Fair (May 1924)

Rudolph Valentino with his wife Natacha Rambova and Nita Naldi (holding the dog) aboard the S.S. Leviathan on November 10, 1924.

Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford photographed by Edward Steichen for Vogue (May 1924)

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Rudolph Valentino and Helena D’Algy in “A Sainted Devil” (1924)

Rudolph Valentino and Helena D’Algy in  “A Sainted Devil” (1924)

Rudolph Valentino in “Monsieur Beaucaire” (1924)