Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gene Marshall: Spring In Central Park

Even though it has taken me ages to photograph it, this particular Gene doll and outfit are a fave of mine. This circa 1953 ensemble was released in 2002 in an edition of 1000, available exclusively at FAO Schwarz. The hair reminds me of Joan Crawford (I am sure at some point she will model some of Joan’s outfits). For the first photo, Gene is posing in Central Park. For the next two, she is standing in front of some blossoming azaleas in Savannah, Georgia.

From the story card:

The “clop-clip-clop-clip” of horses’ hooves played a lilting tattoo as Gene Marshall sat with her luncheon companion in the back of the carriage ambling its way through Central Park.

It was early spring, and Gene was in New York City on a quick visit to sign some papers for the studio’s East Coat lawyers—but she’d extended her time there to see old friends and catch a show or two.

The invitation to lunch and a carriage ride in Central Park was too much to resist. In addition to the good company, there was just something about being in this woody oasis in the middle of the City's hustle and bustle that filled her with wonder and joy.

It being so early in the season, small patches of snow huddled white against the bottoms of the trees, firmly refusing to fall victim to the sun, who poked his smiling face through the gray clouds just enough to tease. The air was warm enough to be without a wrap for the first time in months—although Gene took advantage of the slight waft of new-blossom-scented breeze to nestle a little closer to her companion.

Suddenly, it appeared that the sun could take it no longer. Out he sprang, setting the surface of Central Park Lake glittering with a million watery diamonds—making Gene smile as she reveled in the beauty of Central Park in the spring.

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