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Costume Sketches by Gretl Urban and James Reynolds for Century Girl and the 1921 Follies
by David for group historicalziegfeld Jun 9, 2010

A cache of nearly 50 original costumes sketches by Gretl Urban (designer daughter of Joseph Urban) and James Reynolds is now held it private hands and will be coming on the market sometime in the coming years. They come from "The Century Girl" and the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921. I've given tentative Id's below, but would like to learn the identities of performers who played the parts. A substantial grouping of sketches for the 1921 resides in the Ranson Archive of the U of Texas special collections library. David S. Shields


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  • Jason McClintock - 1Reply
    Does anyone know what happened to these designs? I acquired some in an auction last year and just this last weekend took them to antique roadshow to be appraised. I have one of the water colors pictured here and additionally about 30 penciled sketches from 3 or 4 of the performances. All James Reynolds. These all together would make a great set.
  • historicalzg - 1Reply
    ziegfeldgrrl wrote on Jun 10, '10
    A dream post for me, David!!! Thank you so much! I have to go out but will try to start matching the costumes to who wore them this afternoon.

    Thrilled to see these!

    ziegfeldgrrl wrote on Jun 11, '10, edited on Jun 11, '10
    Hi David,

    Well, I've hunted everywhere I could think of for scene/performer info for the 1921 Follies with no luck. I wish I had the program but I don't.

    All I can tell you is that it was the "Birthday" of the Dauphin scene, not the Wedding. The Dauphin was played by Charles Eaton when he was only 10.

    The "Princes" are from the "Legend of the Cyclamen Tree" scene in that Follies.

    Everything I found just talked about how spectacular the costumes were (except for Hornblower in one of the magazines, Photoplay I think, who found the "bizarre" costumes and Urban's sets to be tiresome after so many Follies).

    It appears that the Uni of Austin may have a copy of that program but when I ordered scans of the boards I have it took over 4 months to get them so ordering scans of the Program would take that long as well.

    For me... since you are a "Somebody" perhaps you could get them to process things more quickly.
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