The unidentified woman in this photograph is wearing a drop-waist dress and a Marcel Wave hairstyle, hallmarks of the flapper era of the 1920s. The photograph is about the size of a postcard, but was printed on plain photo paper, rather than postcard stock. It came to me from a dealer in Pennsylvania who often sells photos from Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey, but I don’t know if it originated in one of those areas or not.
Images like this one remind us that African-American women actively participated in the popular culture of the Jazz Age and helped to define it.
I like how she uses the vase to create an elegant and graceful pose.