- Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): Nancy Carroll, Anita Page, Janet Gaynor, Norma Talmadge.
- The supremely talented and prolific illustrator Earl Christy (1883-1961) did all the covers here.
Category Archives: 1920s
- Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): June Collyer, Olga Baclanova, Bessie Love and–of course–Greta Garbo.
- Bessie Love was riding high–she’d just appeared in MGM’s first two full-length MGM musicals of the sound era, The Broadway Melody of 1929 and The Hollywood Revue of 1929.
- The Broadway Melody of 1929 was the first sound picture to receive the Best Picture Oscar.
- Starting with July’s Bessie Love portrait, Earl Christy settles in as Photoplay’s regular cover artist.
- Garbo’s erstshile beau John Gilbert married actress Ina Claire.
- Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): blondes Greta Garbo, Marion Davies, Ruth Taylor–and brunette Billie Dove.
- Garbo and John Gilbert (who “Writes His Own Story” in the June issue) had just appeared together in “Love”, a 1927 film adaptation of Anna Karenina. They’d next co-star in “A Woman of Affairs,” released in late 1928.
- Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): May Allison, Dolores Costello, Jetta Goudal and–did you recognize December’s cover girl? I didn’t. It’s none other than Joan Crawford.
- All these actresses sport the latest in fashionable hats–mostly cloches, it seems–except for Joan, who bucks the trend by going sans chapeau.
Louise Brooks on the cover of Picture Play (August 1927)…sans her famous bangs.
The more familiar Brooks look, with her trademark bob, on the October 1926 issue of Motion Picture Classic.