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LESTER GABA - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 04/05 CO-SIGNED BY: DAGMAR GODOWSKY - HFSID 141981

LESTER GABA and DAGMAR GODOWSKY The famous mannequin designer and the silent film actress sign the guest list for a show by The Fabulous Hildegarde Autograph Note signed: "Lester Gaba [drawn figure] my favorite person -/Hildy", "Dagmar Godowsky", 9¾x4. There is also an unidentified signer, "G. Champigny".

Sale Price $126.00

Reg. $140.00

Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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LESTER GABA and DAGMAR GODOWSKY
The famous mannequin designer and the silent film actress sign the guest list for a show by The Fabulous Hildegarde
Autograph Note signed: "Lester Gaba [drawn figure] my favorite person -/Hildy", "Dagmar Godowsky", 9¾x4. There is also an unidentified signer, "G. Champigny". LESTER GABA (1907-1987)designed carved soap mannequins, the "Gaba Girls", modeled on real-life New York debutantes, for New York department store windows. One of his models, "Cynthia," created for Saks Fifth Avenue, became a celebrity in her own right; well-known designers and jewelers created fashions for her. (When she fell from a beauty parlor chair and shattered into small fragments, New York papers carried her obituary.) Gaba also staged elaborate fashion shows, using marionettes, for charities and trade shows. For a quarter century, Women's Wear Daily carried Gaba's column on store window display (1941-1967). DAGMAR GODOWSKY (1897-1975) appeared in silent films from 1919 to 1926. In 1924, she co-starred with Rudolph Valentino in A Sainted Devil and with Tyrone Power, Sr. in The Story Without a Name. She was the daughter of Polish composer Leopold Godowsky, and the sister of Eastman-Kodak scientist Leo Godowsky, inventor of Kodachrome. In her very candid autobiography, First Person Plural (1958), she names a long list of lovers from the worlds of film and music. When asked how many husband she had, Godowsky replied, "Two of my own, my dear, and several of my friends'." Hildegarde Loretta Sell (1906-2005), called "the Queen of the Supper Clubs" by Eleanor Roosevelt, was a nightclub entertainer who continued performing into her 90's. She kept a guest book of prominent attendees at her shows. Toned. Edges worn. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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