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Let’s do some more Sparks. You’ll never see another copy of this in colour, and yes, this is my original restoration. You’re welcome.
This warms my heart. ♥
dani-c-a:

<3

My heart flutters. ♥
Oh god, this is probably the cutest ever.
theniftyfifties:

1950s Paris.
ladyislingering:

Let’s do some more Sparks. You’ll never see another copy of this in colour, and yes, this is my original restoration. You’re welcome.
billyjane:

Amoureux quais de la Seine a Paris, 1959 by Jeanloup Sieff *
postcard
theswingingsixties:

Photo by Robert Doisneau, Paris, 1966.

In the late 1880s, the body of a 16-year-old girl was pulled from the  Seine. She was apparently a suicide, as her body showed no marks of  violence, but her beauty and her enigmatic smile led a Paris pathologist  to order a plaster death mask of her face.
In the romantic atmosphere of fin de siècle Europe the girl’s face became an ideal of feminine beauty. The protagonist of Rainer Maria Rilke’s 1910 novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge writes, “The mouleur, whose shop I pass every day, has hung two plaster  masks beside his door. [One is] the face of the young drowned woman,  which they took a cast of in the morgue, because it was beautiful,  because it smiled, because it smiled so deceptively, as if it knew.”
Ironically, in 1958 the anonymous girl’s features were used to model  the first-aid mannequin Rescue Annie, on which thousands of students  have practiced CPR. Though the girl’s identity remains a mystery, her  face, it’s said, has become “the most kissed face of all time.”