Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time searching for old photographs of motorcycles, apparel and any other vintage American subjects. I couldn’t escape this auction for a 1920’s photograph taken by Charles Gates Sheldon of a flapper girl sitting atop a beautiful vintage Indian Motorcycle. It sold on April 3rd for a cool $431.88! Grapefruit Moon Gallery has a really great write up on the illustrator and artist, Charles Sheldon, who was active from the turn of the century through the 1950’s. More of Sheldon’s classic illustrations can be found here.
From Grapefruit’s eBay auction page:
“You are bidding on a 1920 – 1928 in era sepia 5″ by 7″ inch original vintage photograph of a daring flapper girl enthralled and stylish on her art deco modernist Indian Motorcycle. This is pure and simple a great original antique archived old advertising photograph used for Fox Shoes. With her rolled down stockings, adorable pumps, and bare legs, she is certainly dressed for a wild time! A great old still with art deco elements and really tremendous beauty.A great jazz age and roaring 20s view. The model appears to be Eileen Percy, one of Sheldon’s favorites.
This photograph was taken by Charles Gates Sheldon at his Carnegie Hall studio, where he created advertising pastels and paintings for lingerie companies, Fox shoes, Breck shampoo (he originated the “Breck girl” campaign), and movie magazine cover portraits. Sheldon maintained a studio at Carnegie Hall in New York City during the 1920s-30s, and photographed the glamorous Hollywood film stars of the era for his cover portrait work. Stars who sat for Sheldon include: Jean Harlow, Clara Bow, Marion Davies, Gloria Swanson, Pola Negri, Olive Borden, Mary Pickford, and literally dozens of others. What makes this collection so interesting is these stills were never meant for public consumption, they were taken to be used for his pastel portraiture work. Many are unscripted – Sheldon was an amateur photographer essentially and it is unique to see such glamorous stars posed often times so informally.”
Here are the auction details:
Seller: grapefruitmoongallery / Minneapolis, MN
Price: $431.88 (23 bids)
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A dapper Charles Gates Sheldon via Grapefruit Moon Galleries.