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"Putting on The Ritz" 1933

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"Putting on The Ritz"  1933
This "Dapper Dan" with a full lengh fur coat is ready for a night on the town. New Bedford c1933. The car appears to be a 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ. The Duesenberg, a favorite of the Hollywood Elite was the costliest American Luxury car of its time. This photo was taken in front of The Olympia Theater which was on the corner of Elm and Purchase St. To the left of the theater entrance was The Olympia Jewelers The city was suffering through a severe depression and hard times along with the rest of the country. I would hazard a guess that this unidentified young man was part of a "staged" photograph for some kind of promotion or some rich mogul's spoiled brat strutting his stuff., but very likely this guy returned to the soup line after his fantasy photo shoot was over. MLBaron Historic Archives Roger Chartier provided additional info:The film featured that day was "Heaven on Earth" made in 1931 included actress Anita Louise. She appeared in 70 films between 1924 and 1952. She later played the mother on the television series "My Friend Flicka" The Zeitz family bought the theater in 1962 In 1966 a national touring company staged the comedy hit "Barefoot in the Park". the show was sold out. The theater closed in 1971 and was demolished in 1972. The stores on ground level at the sidewalk were occupied by carious merchants over the years. In the first view below it is by the W. L. Douglas Shoe store, managed by Fred Barrows. More info on the Olympia Theater: http://www.whalingcity.net/picture_olympia_theater_1930s_duesenberg.html
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