Encyclopedia of the Exquisite’s entry on Milk Baths introduces the Ziegfeld sensation Anna Held, who was famously sued by a milk farmer for the amount she owed for keeping her bath tub filled with milk. She’s one of my favorite characters in the book. So today, because I missed her a bit, I decided to post a slew of Anna photos. Like the Countess de Castiglione, another Encyclopedia player, Held certainly loved a camera.
Though these images are hyper-posed I feel like shey go deeper than today’s standard red carpet image. Maybe because she’s isolated in a pristine studio, like a specimen to be examined? For whatever reason, somehow these photos seem say so much about Held and her mysterious allure… All from the NYPL.