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Vera Bogach Gropper
I posed for Bikini Bound in 1949, with my sister, Olga Bogach Steckler. It was a difficult pose to hold even though Rolf had a wooden support for our foot, so we took turns posing. I have a photograph of myself standing next to it, outside the Marblehead studio, and to me, it looks exactly like I did at that time. I do agree that Rolf chose a certain look. BTW, bikinis were not sold in the US at that time so we went to a hardware store on Front St., bought men's handkerchiefs, and made our own.
I've been doing some extensive research into Rolf Armstrong's art and would like to discuss theories about his models and choice of faces. It seems to me that, with some exceptions, he chose, particularly later in his career, a fewfaces that he used no matter who the model was, using them mainly for poses. For example, Jewel Flowers was a ubiquitous model for several years, yet no Armstrong work even remotely resembles her, facially. I would be pleased to discuss these ideas.
I have a print of "My time is your time" but with model seated in a different chair than was on original University Mag cover in Dec 1933. The paper looks old and has got a pattern to it. It looks like it was orginally 27 x 38 in. My question is why the different chair, would this have been a proof that was rejected?
I have a print of "The Bride" by Rolf Armstrong. Was there ever a "Groom"?
The Great American Pin-up
By Louis K. Meisel and Charles Martignette