Saturday, May 16, 2009

Jean at Rest

Here is Jean Harlow on the set of Dinner at Eight utilizing a leaning board. If an actress' (or actor's) costume was too elaborate, a leaning board was built for the person to lean or rest as not to muss their wardrobe. In Jean's case, she was sewn into her gown.



UPDATE 6-5-09
I just found this picture of Rita on a leaning board!

11 comments:

Raquelle said...

I love these pictures of Jean Harlow! Wouldn't it be awesome to have a leaning board at home? I know I want one.

pigtails and blushing cheeks said...

a leaning board would be great for when i want to sleep on the train but all the seats are taken up :)
love her perfect hair!

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Great photos! Sewn into the dress?! Amazing. And I'd never heard of a leaning board before. That is too funny.
Thanks for sharing!
Kirsten

Aurélie Muller said...

just somptuous!

Clueless in Boston said...

I had never heard of a leaning board either. Sewn into her dress? Wow, what problems that could cause on a bad day but, boy does she look yummy.

Heather said...

I did not know this! great pictures.

Mariann Simms said...

Am watching "It Happened One Night" and thought I'd look up "leaning board" and "Jean Harlow" on Google and ran across your blog. Nice to see someone out there remembered this bit of trivia...and gave it a mention.

Katie said...

I was so excited to find the Rita pic! Leaning board pics are rare and difficult to find!

Darla: Retro Ways said...

Thank you for the comments on my blog, I try not to use photos I see to often. I notice you do the same and i love it. You always have the best photos, I have heard of these but never seen pictures these are so great, I adore Ritas costume in that pic, just amazing! ♥

Rupert Alistair said...

I think this leaning board concept is great and though I've seen the Harlow photo's before, I haven't been as lucky with the Rita Hayworth one. Thank you so much for sharing.

Rupert

sunrise said...

Admirable! Merci from Paris!