Irene Ware does an interpretative dance of Poe’s The Raven in the 1935 film of the same title.
Sylvia Sidney reclines on a leopard skin in 1934’s Good Dame.
An unemployed, homeless man with a pregnant wife asks for help with a catchy sign, circa 1932 (via)
Dorothea Lange, Depression (mended stockings, stenographer) San Francisco 1934
Mark of the vampire, 1935
…Man Ray – Jambes de Lee Miller, 1930….
Reproduced here are a bunch of scans from a fascinating erotic alphabet book printed in the Soviet Union circa 1931, made to combat adult illiteracy. By the sculptor and future People’s Artist of the USSR Sergei Merkurov [Сергей Меркуров], no less.
As my friend Jasmine Curcio points out, these images draw upon clear precedents in the phallic imagery of ancient Roman art. Throughout the ABC book one can find images of horny satyrs, indecent cupids, and flying disembodied cocks. Given Merkurov’s own fascination with ancient Greek and Roman art, this is hardly surprising. No doubt, all of these precedents were consciously invoked. Though it is admittedly somewhat interesting to see various dirty motifs cribbed from the style of Roman antiquity deployed for the purposes of a Soviet literacy campaign, which was itself such a distinctly modernizing project.
Bras sur le Guadalquivir, 1934 (Pierre Boucher)