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I posted this in another thread in the past couple of years. This thread is a more appropriate place for it, so here it is.
To see more of my tennis Photoshops made over the passed 7 years, here's the link https://goo.gl/photos/RfrYAjeA98ji6LKU8



Colorized Suzanne Lenglen and Rene Lacoste playing Mixed Doubles in August 1926, Roehampton.

Source: https://i.imgur.com/XLkhha7.jpg





Suzanne Lenglen circa 1925





Norma Jean Mortenson or Baker, aka Marilyn Monroe. Around 1945.

Colorization from this B&W picture https://i.imgur.com/Ddn5ajE.jpg

Had to change the shoes and the background because it was too dull.
Reincarnation!!!? Please make her come back for a tennis career. :bowdown:




Ava Gardner

Original here https://i.imgur.com/qOeDvYu.jpg

(1941)



Carole Lombard 1935

Lol at the bamboo tennis ball bucket :p

It's so sad that she died at 33 in a plane crash in 1942 :sad: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carole_Lombard
Having never seen one of her movies, I watched this one yesterday. It a pretty funny 1937 comedy in color titled "Nothing Sacred".
An eccentric woman learns she is not dying of radium poisoning as earlier assumed, but when she meets a reporter looking for a story, she feigns sickness again for her own profit

Original here http://i.imgur.com/GY13w1t.jpg




Ginger Rogers, around 1936

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Elizabeth Taylor
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Roland Garros posters, made with an old picture of Judy Garland.

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Margaret Court, my first ever try colorizing a picture 3 years ago. Not sure if that was clay or grass LOL. I guessed grass since she's dressed in white but she could also wear white at RG.
Edit: From other pictures I saw, the backdrop seems to be from the US Championship, which was not on hard court before 1978 at Flushing Meadows. The former home of the US Open between 1915 and 1977 was the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills (Queens).

Original here https://i.imgur.com/vOmmpLY.jpg

 

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Alice Marble (September 28, 1913 – December 13, 1990) was an American tennis player who won 18 Grand Slam championships (1936–40): five in singles, six in women's doubles, and seven in mixed doubles. She was arguably the most popular tennis woman in the late 30's. Marble, who was at the peak of her career when World War II broke out, lost a substantial chunk of her career. In her biography Courting Danger, Marble writes she was assigned as a government spy to gather information in Switzerland in 47. https://www.amazon.ca/Courting-Danger-Alice-Marble/dp/0312928130

Original here: https://i.imgur.com/CWDgMvi.jpg





Katharine Hepburn and American tennis woman Gussie Moran (left), in a scene from the 1952 movie "Pat & Mike". What was special about this movie, was that many notable athletes of the era from golf and tennis appear in cameo roles as themselves. It was nominated at the Oscars for Best Story & Screenplay.

Gussie Moran (September 8, 1923 – January 16, 2013) was an American tennis player who was active in the late 1940s and 1950s. Her highest US national tennis ranking was 4th. She never won any Grand Slam Title but made 2 finales in Doubles. Moran was arguably the first woman to bring glamour, sex and fashion into tennis. She appeared on magazine covers, had a racehorse and an aircraft named after her, was dated by millionaires and went into cinema and broadcasting.

Original B & W here: https://i.imgur.com/nEnnUXu.jpg





Actress Carole Lombard having a smoke between two sets. :facepalm: (circa 1938)





Helena Anliot with her boyfriend Björn Borg (1973)
She was the female Swedish #1 in the mid 70's. She played Mixed Doubles once with Borg at Wimbledon in 73 reaching the second round vs Ilie Năstase and Rosie Casals.
Her career was cut short when she got glandular fever (mono) in 77. She tried to come back after she recovered but the complications from the illness had made it too difficult. She retired in 1980 at 24 years old.

 

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Althea Gibson (August 25, 1927 – September 28, 2003) was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and the first Black athlete to cross the color line of international tennis. In 1956, she became the first African American to win a Grand Slam title (the French Championships). The following year she won both Wimbledon and the US Nationals (precursor of the US Open), then won both again in 1958, and was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in both years. In all, she won 11 Grand Slam tournaments, including five singles titles, five doubles titles, and one mixed doubles title. Gibson was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame. "She is one of the greatest players who ever lived," said Bob Ryland, a tennis contemporary and former coach of Venus and Serena Williams. "Martina [Navratilova] couldn't touch her. I think she'd beat the Williams sisters." In the early 1960s she also became the first Black player to compete on the women's professional golf tour.

At a time when racism and prejudice were widespread in sports and in society, Gibson was often compared to Jackie Robinson. "Her road to success was a challenging one," said Billie Jean King, "but I never saw her back down." "To anyone, she was an inspiration, because of what she was able to do at a time when it was enormously difficult to play tennis at all if you were Black," said former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. "I am honored to have followed in such great footsteps," wrote Venus Williams. "Her accomplishments set the stage for my success, and through players like myself and Serena and many others to come, her legacy will live on."

Althea Gibson [1] def. Darlene Hard [5] 6-3 6-2

Original B&W picture here https://i.imgur.com/kfI2W95.jpg

 

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These are beautiful Djo-Couer!


:worship: for posting them.


I especially love the one of Suzanne Lenglen. She so loved to wear bright colored bandeau like the one in your photo.
 

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1938 French Championships

Simone Mathieu [1] d. Nelly Landry 6-0 6-3

Mathieu on the left and Nelly Landry (later Adamson) on the right. Famous actress Marlene Dietrich is watching in a hat, sunglasses and fur coat off to the far right.

Simone Mathieu is best remembered for winning the singles title at the French Championships in 1938 and 1939 and for reaching the final of that tournament an additional six times, in 1929, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, and 1937. In those finals, she lost three times to Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling, twice to Helen Wills Moody, and once to Margaret Scriven-Vivian.

Mathieu won 11 Grand Slam doubles championships: three women's doubles titles at Wimbledon (1933–34, 1937), six women's doubles titles at the French Championships (1933–34, 1936–39), and two mixed doubles titles at the French Championships (1937–38). She completed the rare triple at the French Championships in 1938, winning the singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles titles.

Mathieu's 13 Grand Slam titles are second only to Suzanne Lenglen's 31 among French women.


Nelly Landry (28 December 1916 – 22 February 2010) was a female tennis player from Belgium (became French citizen after marriage). She was the 1948 women's singles champion at the French Championships beating Shirley Fry. She had also been a finalist in 1938, losing to Simonne Mathieu, and reached again the final in 1949, losing to Margaret Osborne duPont.

According to John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Landry was ranked in the world top ten in 1946 and 1948 (no rankings issued from 1940 through 1945), reaching a career high of World No. 7 in those rankings in 1946.

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It was a big challenge to restore and colorize this 91 years old picture, but in the end I like the result. Actually I'm a bit surprised it turned out this nice.

Marceline Day (April 24, 1908 – February 16, 2000) was an American motion picture actress whose career began as a child in the 1910s and ended in the 1930s.




Full size old picture here https://i.imgur.com/XmnYuZx.jpg

 

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Jinx Falkenburg (January 21, 1919 – August 27, 2003) was an actress and model. Falkenburg was born to American parents in Barcelona, Spain. Thinking the name would bring good luck, she was nicknamed Jinx by her mother Marguerite "Mickey" Crooks Falkenburg, an athlete and tennis player (Brazil women's champion in 1927), and the name stuck. All the Falkenburg offspring became known for their tennis abilities; younger brother Bob won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon in 1948.

While playing tennis at the West Side Tennis Club in Hollywood, she was noticed by a talent scout for Warner Bros. and was signed to a studio contract. In 1937 her modeling career began when she met celebrity fashion photographer Paul Hesse, calling her "the most charming, most vital personality I have ever had the pleasure to photograph", he took her picture for the August 1937 cover of The American Magazine, triggering similar offers from 60 other publications. Falkenburg appeared on over 200 magazine covers and in some 1,500 commercial advertisements in the 1930s and 1940s. She was considered to be one of the most beautiful women of that era, known for her All-American-Girl athletic good looks. The New Yorker magazine said she "possessed one of the most photogenic faces and frames in the Western world".

At one point in the 1950's, ''Tex (her husband) and Jinx,'' as they were known in virtually every American household, had two radio programs, a five-day-a-week television show and a syndicated column in The New York Herald Tribune. They were among the first to refine the format that came to be called the talk show.

Original unrestored and in poor shape B & W picture here https://i.imgur.com/4KhL88D.jpg

(Circa 1938)




Another image of Jinx Falkenburg (not colorized by me). If it's an original color photo, it must be one of the first shot on color film (Agfacolor made that possible in 1936). But perhaps it was colorized by someone.
She was undoubtedly the quintessential pinup model before Marilyn Monroe came along.





Debbie Reynolds and her young daughter Carrie Fisher, traveling in time from 1960 to 2018.

Source pictures here https://i.imgur.com/iVpMqx8.jpg





An iconic women tennis picture that I couldn't resist to restore and colorize. :smoke:

Original B & W picture here https://i.imgur.com/BtBHXnn.jpg





Jackie Kennedy.
No need for a description of who she was... a saint, an angel. :smooch:

Original B & W picture here https://i.imgur.com/T1ncEjB.jpg





Iconic picture again, from 1925. It was an era when a multitude of daredevils did all kinds of crazy stunts.

Original here https://i.imgur.com/nu58ITF.jpg




Billie Jean King, Three Wimbledon Titles in 1973 :worship:

Original here https://i.imgur.com/IAvQQI8.jpg





This one I did not colorize from black and white, I only optimized the exposure, saturation and contrast of the faded original.

Maureen Connolly (September 17, 1934 – June 21, 1969) known as "Little Mo", was an American tennis player, the winner of nine Grand Slam singles titles in the early 1950s. In 1953, she became the first woman to win all four Grand Slam tournaments during the same calendar year. The following year, in July 1954, a horseback riding accident seriously injured her right leg and ended her competitive tennis career at age 19. :awww:
Sadly she died very young at 34 from ovarian cancer.

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Two friends on their way to play tennis, on a B.S.A. motorcycle in 1924.

The Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited (BSA) was a major British industrial combine, a group of businesses manufacturing military and sporting firearms; bicycles; motorcycles; cars; buses and bodies; steel; iron castings; hand, power, and machine tools; coal cleaning and handling plants; sintered metals; and hard chrome process.
After the Second World War, BSA did not manage its business well, and a government-organised rescue operation in 1973 led to a takeover of such operations as it still owned. Those few that survived this process disappeared into the ownership of other businesses.


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1974, Chris Evert kisses Jimmy Connors as they show off their Wimbledon trophies.
The pair were tennis’s golden couple in the 1970s but suddenly called off their wedding in 1974. Some think Evert was pregnant that summer and that abortion ended their relationship.

Original monochrome image here https://i.imgur.com/YxER5zD.jpg





Joan Crawford (born Lucille Fay LeSueur; March 23, 1904 – May 10, 1977) was an American actress. After signing her in 1925, MGM publicity head Pete Smith recognized her ability to become a major star, but felt her name sounded fake; he told studio head Louis B. Mayer that her last name, LeSueur, reminded him of a sewer. Smith organized a contest called "Name the Star" in Movie Weekly to allow readers to select her new stage name. The initial choice was "Joan Arden", but after another actress was found to have prior claim to that name, the alternate surname "Crawford" became the choice

In the 1930s, Crawford's fame rivaled, and later outlasted, that of MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. In 1937, Crawford was proclaimed the first "Queen of the Movies" by Life magazine.

After her death in 1977, her legacy was tarnished when Christina Crawford published Mommie Dearest, which contained allegations that her late adoptive mother was emotionally and physically abusive to Christina and her brother Christopher because she chose to be famous instead of raising her children. Mommie Dearest became a best-seller, and was made into the 1981 film Mommie Dearest, starring Faye Dunaway as Crawford.

Source monochrome picture from 1928 here https://i.imgur.com/NyXAKHt.jpg

 

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For this one, I indulged myself in adding a few elements from external images to make this colorized one more appealing. I added the sky, racquet handle, skirt pattern and the graffiti. I know a modern graffiti like this is kind of an anachronism because it probably became more common in the sixties, but I thought it would make the colorized image much more interesting.
For the first time I tried adding tan lines and I like the result very much.

Marjorie Weaver (March 2, 1913 – October 1, 1994) was an American film actress, singer and model of the 1930s through the early 1950s.
On October 22, 1937, she married naval officer Kenneth George Schacht. She divorced him in 1941, after having seen each other only 16 days over their four-year marriage. Schacht had been captured by the Japanese, and the Navy had notified her that he was dead.

Original monochrome picture from 1935 here https://i.imgur.com/6XmXNxO.jpg

 

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This latest one may be your best yet.


Is it ok to use one or two of these in our bio section? We will credit you of course.
Thank you very much
Sure you can use any picture as you like.
 

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Bette Davis, on the set of the movie 'Now, Voyager' (1942)

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television, and theater. With a career spanning 60 years, she is regarded as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history. She was noted for playing unsympathetic, sardonic characters, and was famous for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films, suspense horror, and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.

Bette Davis won 2 Oscars for Best Actress, and was nominated for 8 others (including 'Now Voyager'). She became the first person to earn five consecutive Academy Award nominations for acting, all in the Best Actress category (1938-1942). Her film choices were often unconventional: Davis sought roles as manipulators and killers in an era when actresses usually preferred to play sympathetic characters, and she excelled in them. She favored authenticity over glamour, and was willing to change her own appearance if it suited the character.
By the mid-1940s, her sometimes mannered and histrionic performances had become the subject of caricature. Edwin Schallert, for the Los Angeles Times, praised Davis' performance in Mr. Skeffington (1944), while observing, "The mimics will have more fun than a box of monkeys imitating Miss Davis"; and Dorothy Manners, at the Los Angeles Examiner, said of her performance in the poorly received Beyond the Forest (1949): "No night club caricaturist has ever turned in such a cruel imitation of the Davis mannerisms as Bette turns on herself in this one." Time magazine noted that Davis was compulsively watchable, even while criticizing her acting technique, summarizing her performance in Dead Ringer (1964) with the observation, "Her acting, as always, isn't really acting: It's shameless showing off. But just try to look away!"


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Haide Göransson (1928-2008), was a model and actress from Sweden.

Fun fact: Did you know it was common practice in the old days for many single-hand backhanders to hold two balls while serving the first serve, and then keep playing the point still holding the other ball. Maureen Connolly was one champion to do that.

I guessed 1946 because she really looks like she's 18

Original monochrome picture HERE
PS: don't tell anyone I removed the watermarks ?





Jane Russell and a Friend on a Tennis Court - 1945

Shame on you if you get any vibe of same sex mutual attraction between them. Hollywood did not do that kind of photo shoot in 1945. Or did they? :tape:

Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell (June 21, 1921 – February 28, 2011) was an American film actress and one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols in the 40's and 50's. Her nickname was 'Janie The Brunette Bombshell'.

In 1940, Russell was signed to a seven-year contract by film mogul Howard Hughes, and made her motion-picture debut in The Outlaw (1943), a story about Billy the Kid that went to great lengths to showcase her voluptuous figure. The movie was completed in 1941, but it was not released until 1943 in a limited release. This off-beat western is best remembered for the scandal surrounding its release. Problems occurred with the censorship of the production code over the way her ample cleavage was displayed in promotion of the film. Hughes made her wear a bra made especially for her and the movie shots. As well he had plans to better display her bosoms in a 3D movie :lol: that would come out in 1953. Perhaps all that emphasis on her bust later incited Playtex to hire Russell as their spokeswoman in dozens of bra commercials for TV in the 70's and 80's.

Jane Russell was made into one of the Top 3 Pin-Up models of the early 40's, along with Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable. So when the movie Outlaw was finally released to the general public in 1946 after a 5 years delay and with the much talked about sex controversy, her male fans freshly back home from the war went crazy for her. She became a Hollywood Star instantly. Seven years later she co-starred with Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Monroe and Russell were equally popular at the time. One was thought of as the Top Blonde and the other as the Top Brunette (even though Monroe was in reality a brunette as well). They were together when they immortalized their hands and footprints in cement in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, June 26th 1953.

The Hollywood Sign (that I photoshoped in) in the background actually read Hollywoodland at first. It was erected in 1923 and intended only to last a year and a half to promote a housing development, but after the rise of American cinema in Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the sign became an internationally recognized symbol and was left there. In 1949, it was decided to repair and rebuild the sign. The contract stipulated that "LAND" be removed to spell "Hollywood" and reflect the district, not the "Hollywoodland" housing development.

Original monochrome picture HERE

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Farrah Fawcett (February 2, 1947 – June 25, 2009) was an American actress, model, and artist. A four-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee, Fawcett rose to international fame when she posed for her iconic red swimsuit poster – which became the best selling pin-up poster in history. During the 1970s, she appeared in numerous television series, including The Six Million Dollar Man (1974–1978) with her first husband, film and television star Lee Majors, and starred as private investigator Jill Munroe in the first season of Charlie's Angels (1976–1977). In 1996, she was ranked No. 26 on TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV stars of All-Time".

Fawcett died on June 25, 2009, at the age of 62, due to anal cancer. News of Fawcett's death was largely overshadowed by media coverage of the death of music icon Michael Jackson, which occurred a few hours later on the same day. In March 2010, the Academy of Motion Picture upset family and friends of Fawcett when she was excluded from the "In Memoriam" montage at the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony. The inclusion of Michael Jackson in the montage, someone who was not primarily known for his film roles, only added to the controversy. In 2011 the iconic red swimsuit was donated to the Smithsonian. Today, fans of Farrah's iconic poster, can come to the museum, and admire the legendary swimsuit in person. -----» https://i.imgur.com/QYyqh7c.jpg

She perhaps was the best amateur tennis woman of all the female celebrities at the time. She was built more like an athlete than a model and actress.

Colorized picture bellow made from a picture dating back to around 1970

Original monochrome photo here
https://i.imgur.com/NzVS5dG.jpg





Olivia de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a British-American-French retired actress whose film career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She has appeared in 49 feature films and was one of the leading, and is now one of the last surviving movie stars of the ‘Golden Age’ of Classical Hollywood at 103 years old.

She fought for her rights against Warner Bros. in a long battle in the courts in the early 40's. She was demanding to get better, more substantial roles than the "sweet young thing" slot into which Warners had been fitting her. The studio responded by placing her on a six-month suspension, all of the studios at the time operating under the policy that players were nothing more than property to do with as they saw fit. As if that weren't bad enough, when her contract with Warners was up, she was told that she would have to make up the time lost because of the suspension. Irate, she sued the studio, and for the length of the court battle she didn't appear in a single film until 1946. The result, however, was worth it. In a landmark decision, the court said not only that Olivia did not have to make up the time, but that all performers were to be limited to a seven-year contract that would include any suspensions handed down. This became known as the "de Havilland decision"; no longer could studios treat their performers as mere cattle. She was the first one and the only one who had the guts to sue one of the big studios. For this she was considered a hero by her fellow actors.

Image dating from 1943. Not colorized by me. I couldn't find who did so I could credit the person.

 

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Phyllis Virginia "Bebe" Daniels (January 14, 1901 – March 16, 1971) was an American actress, singer, dancer, writer and producer. She was a descendant of Spanish royalty. She began her career in Hollywood during the silent film era as a 4 years old child, which explains the nickname Bebe (baby), and quickly became a star in musicals. At the age of nine she starred as Dorothy in the 1910 film The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Starting at the age of fourteen she starred opposite the very popular comedian Harold Lloyd in 80 short comic films. Lloyd fell hard for Bebe (even though she was 14) and seriously considered marrying her, but her drive to pursue a film career along with her sense of independence clashed with Lloyd's Victorian definition of a wife.

In the late 1920s, while making a personal appearance at a Chicago hotel, several thousand dollars' worth of jewelry was stolen from Daniels' hotel room. Gangster Al Capone, a longtime Daniels fan, heard about it and put out the word that whoever stole the jewelry had 24 hours to return it "or else." The jewelry was returned the next day.

In 1930 she married Ben Lyon, an actor and a studio executive at 20th Century Fox, with whom she moved to England in the mid-'30s. She and her husband had their own radio show in London, and became the most popular radio team in the country--especially during World War II, when they refused to return to the US and stayed in London, broadcasting even during the worst of the "blitz". The couple headlined another popular 1950s radioshow, "Life with the Lyons," a sitcom which spawned two family-styled films and six seasons on the BBC TV starting in 1955. In the early 1960s Bebe suffered multiple strokes and left the limelight, passing away in 1971.

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Just because she's pretty :inlove:

Model wearing a two piece tennis outfit for a fashion magazine in 1976.

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Jane Powell (born April 1, 1929) is an American singer, dancer and actress who rose to fame in the mid-1940s with roles in various big budget Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals. During her career she performed before five U.S. Presidents and the Queen of England. By the late 1950s, her film career slowed down since the era of the Hollywood musicals was slowly dying and she had outgrown her innocent girl-next-door image. During the 1950s and 1960s, Powell regularly appeared on dozens of television shows. Powell's last major television appearance was as a guest star on Law & Order in 2002. This month she celebrated her 90th birthday.

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Circa 1948

 

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Ava Gardner is stunning beautiful ! :hearts::hearts::hearts:

With Grace Kelly and Romy Schneider one of the most beautiful women ever :hearts:
 

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Unidentified pinup model posing with a tennis racquet in the 1940s.

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Cuthbert Collingwood "Ted" Tinling (23 June 1910 – 23 May 1990), sometimes known as Teddy Tinling, was an English tennis player, openly gay fashion designer, spy and author. He worked for the Wimbledon tournament for many years before he became a designer of tennis dresses. He was a firm fixture on the professional tennis tour for over sixty years and is considered the foremost designer of tennis dresses of the 20th Century. His dresses were worn by the Wimbledon ladies' champion throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The last Wimbledon champion to wear a Tinling creation was Martina Navratilova in 1979 when she wore his designs to triumph in both the singles and doubles events. In 1983, Billie Jean King wore a Tinling dress in a final for the last time, when she reached the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles final. The last Tinling dress worn at Wimbledon was by Rosemary Casals in 1984, when she lost in the first round. Although he only ever designed dresses for Chris Evert's Federation & Wightman Cup appearances, he designed her wedding dress when she married John Lloyd in 1979. A close friend of Billie Jean King – designing her dress for the famous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match in 1973 – he became player liaison on the Virginia Slims Women's Tennis Association tour that King helped to create. He continued to design daring and unusual dresses for stars such as Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Evonne Goolagong and Virginia Wade throughout this time but his role in the infrastructure of tennis became more important and he became an official media spokesperson for the game.

It was a design in 1949 that led to him being asked to take leave from his position at Wimbledon. That year he designed not only the dress for Gussie Moran, but also a pair of white underwear that were adorned with lace, creating a sensation, with photographers fighting for positions where they could get low-angle shots of Moran ---> https://i.imgur.com/s4oVvWC.jpg This led to Wimbledon chairman Sir Louis Greig to become furious with Tinling for "having drawn attention to the sexual area". He was banned from the tournament for 33 years, only being invited back on the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club in 1982, when he retook his position as player liaison. The incident created a media frenzy, drawing public attention to both Tinling and Moran. While the Wimbledon officials accused Moran of "putting sin and vulgarity into tennis", the media dubbed her "Gorgeous Gussie". According to Tinling himself, "the situation snowballed out of all proportion. Gussie was inundated with requests for personal appearances – hospitals, garden fetes and beauty contests. The Marx Brothers, in London at the time, invited her to join their act. A racehorse, an aircraft and a restaurant's special sauce were named after her. She was voted the best dressed sports woman by the US Fashion Academy. The whole thing was staggering."

After his death from respiratory illness, it was revealed he had been a British Intelligence spy during the Second World War. Tinling has been portrayed in two movies concerning the Battle of the Sexes tennis match played in 1973 between Bobby Riggs & Billie Jean King. In the 2001 TV Movie When Billie Beat Bobby, he was portrayed by American actor Gerry Becker and in the 2017 cinema release Battle of the Sexes, Tinling was played by British star Alan Cumming. Cumming played the role with a full head of hair, whereas Becker had played the part bald; accurately reflecting Tinling's appearance.

Left to right: Virginia Wade (UK), Evonne Goolagong (AUS), Ted Tinling, Rosemary "Rosie" Casals (US) and Billie-Jean King (US)

Original monochrome image here https://i.imgur.com/AAQ19xK.jpg





1930.
A hairy-legged woman is seemingly keeping score, while her shaved friend is waiting for her turn to play. :hehehe:

Original monochrome image here https://i.imgur.com/29HVnyM.jpg





Muriel Smith, model of the 1940s, posing at the net for famous photographer Philip Gendreau. A great number of his monochrome pictures are still sold as posters to this day. Born in Quebec, Canada in 1894. He immigrated with his mother and several sisters to Fall River, Massachusetts after his father died an early and tragic death. Philip worked as a bookkeeper and stenographer to help support his remaining family. Later, he left home and traveled the world on merchant ships taking photographs in many European and Mediterranean cities. He started the Philip D Gendreau Press Illustration Service in the 1920s and eventually operated out of his New York City studio between the 1930s and 1950s. He created many photographic illustrations of the people, places, and the icons of New York City. Many of his photos appear in mid 20th century textbooks, newspapers, and periodicals such as the New York Times and Life magazine. https://www.allposters.com/-st/Philip-Gendreau-Posters_c37534_.htm

Original image from 1940 here https://i.imgur.com/QAzTR5k.jpg

 
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