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Bettie’s Confusing Picture

The bongo drums suggest Lounge Music. The drum majorette hat renders the photograph baffling.

Or is she supposed to be a Native American?

Or … ?


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  1. Ti says

    This is half of a stereo slide shot at William Glanzman’s studio. We’re not sure if Glanzman shot the photos, or rented the studio for the session. The series is the “rail fence” set, which some people nicknamed “the O.K. Corral” shoot. In this pose, Bettie was wearing an Indian (as in Native American) headdress. Why she was handed a conga drum is anyone’s guess…. except for the reality that Bettie’s photos all too often reflected whatever props were on hand.

    • Louch Flâneur says

      Thanks for the explanation.

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