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Vintage body art

Vintage body art

Vintage body art. Painted legs resemble stockings, retro photo of early XX century, USA

Vintage body art in the USA. Skillfully painted legs of this woman resemble stockings, in fact her legs are painted by an unknown artist. Such delicate body art was very popular among glamorous women of the early XX century in the United States. In contrast to our time, this body art was a forced measure, because in the first half of the 20th century, women walking without stocking in the street could be fined. Later painted stockings were also due to the unavailability of silk and nylon during WWII. That is why in summer, women of that time found a creative solution to this problem.

Vintage body art.

Vintage body art. A man paints the ornament on woman’s legs under the watchful eye of her girlfriends. 1924. Retro photo, the USA

Painting on legs to create the illusion of stockings, retro photo of early XX century, USA

Vintage body art. Painting on legs to create the illusion of stockings, retro photo of early XX century, USA

The artist with a palette in his hand paints the legs of women with floral ornaments. New York, United States of America, 1912

The artist with a palette in his hand paints the legs of a woman. New York, United States of America, retro photo of early XX century, USA

The artist with a palette in his hand paints the legs of a woman. New York, United States of America, retro photo of early XX century, USA

The artist with a palette in his hand paints the legs of a woman. New York, United States of America, retro photo of early XX century

The artist with a palette in his hand paints the legs of a woman. New York, United States of America, retro photo of early XX century

The two girls want the artist to paint on their legs. Miami, United States of America, 1931

The two girls want the artist to paint on their legs. Miami, United States of America, 1931

The artist with a palette in his hand paints the legs of a woman. United States of America, retro photo of early XX century

The artist with a palette in his hand paints the legs of a woman. United States of America, retro photo of early XX century

The artist with a brush in his hand paints the legs of a woman. Retro photo of early XX century, USA

The artist with a brush in his hand paints the legs of a woman. Retro photo of early XX century, USA

Painted stockings, Retro photo of early XX century, USA

Vintage body art. Painted stockings, Retro photo of early XX century, USA

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