|Ruby Stevens during her Ziegfeld time 1923-24.|
The photo was taken by Alfred Chaney Johnston, an interesting chap in his own rite. Charles Dana Gibson, originator of the illustrations know as The Gibson Girl, set the standard for American female ideal at the fin de siecle. It's then only fitting that he took on the mentorship of Alfred Chaney Johnston guiding him and his photography to capture perfection in the female form for the next generation. Johnston's career was made in 1917 when the great Flo Ziegfeld brought him in to 'glorify the American girl' in photographs. He enjoyed tremendous commercial popularity throughout the 20s and into the mid-30s. Then by the end of that decade, styles had changed but Johnston's had not. In 1940 he and his wife left the center of it all and moved to a 15 acre parcel in Oxford, CT. His era had past and the next three decades saw a much smaller life for Alfred. In the 60s Chaney unsuccessfully tried to donate his entire studio and picture inventory to several organizations in both New York and Washington DC but there was no interest in storing such a vast amount of material. The Library Of Congress did accept 245 prints as well as several product advertisement pictures. The childless widower passed away in 1971.
That top photo is just a teaser. Chaney took other pictures of Stevens/Stanwyck. Below are what I have found and they're lovely:
**posted with love for eva.