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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Shirley Temple In A Kimono


We have here not one, not two, but three images of Hollywood darling Shirley Temple, who, in 1936 posed in a Japanese kimono, or two, for what appears to be a few 1936 postcards made in Italy.

So... let's see... America's little darling... who was seven or maybe eight-years-old in 1936, posing in a Japanese kimono for Italian postcards...

We all know that even by 1936 Japan was a right royal uncle fugger to other countries in Asia, as plans were already afoot to take it all over.

And Italy... that fascist country of 1936... wow, Shirley Temple, you manager should probably better vet these jobs and photo shoots you appear in.

I swear I saw that shadow move. Shirley Temple in a 1936 Italian postcard, wearing a kimono, but not overly happy about it.
Recently, with an open mind, I tried to watch a Shirley Temple movie when she was a kid, and aside from the nice dance routines—she was very, very good—the movie was for me virtually unwatchable.

I suppose people in the 1930s were more easily amused... what with the shadow of a global war extending its tendrils across the myriad borders.

Shirley Temple Black (née Temple) was born on April 23, 1928 – dying this year on February 10, 2014. She was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer and public servant, most famous as a child star in the 1930s, with books and magazines and comic books and Big Little Books devoted to her by the score.

The dimples Shirley Temple is famous for are highly visible here!
As an adult, she entered politics and became a diplomat, serving as U.S. ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia, and as chief of protocol of the U.S.

The chief of protocol is an officer of the U.S. Department of State, and is responsible for advising the president, vice-president and secretary of state on matters of national and international diplomatic protocol.

Perhaps she learned that while wearing Imperialistic Japanese clothing for Fascist Italian postcards. That's just nutsy.

The Italian postcard is, according to the back of the card, by Casa Editr. (House Editor) Ballerini & Fratini of Firenze (Florence, Italy).

Cheers,
Andrew Joseph

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