Images of the Castles Dancing the Gavotte, 1912

The four photographs featured below are available through the New York Public Library Digital Collections.

The fine print at the bottom of the images indicates that they are publicity stills for the 1939 RKO film production of The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle.  The photographs feature the actual Mr. and Mrs. Castle, rather than Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers portraying Mr. and Mrs. Castle.  According to the New York Public Library, the originals date to 1912, and were taken by a photographer named Ira L. Hill (Ira Lawrence).

While no additional description has been provided, the pictures appear to the the same images used for the Castles’ article describing the Gavotte.

The Library cites the above photographs as follows:

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. “Publicity still of Vernon and Irene Castle.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1912. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-8821-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. “Publicity still of Vernon and Irene Castle.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1912. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-5cda-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. “Publicity still of Vernon and Irene Castle.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1912. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-5cdc-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. “Publicity still of Vernon and Irene Castle.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1912. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-8820-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The following photographs, made available by the Library of Congress also appear to feature the Castles dancing the Gavotte:

The Library of Congress is of the opinion that the above photograph dates to July 29, 1914.

-D.T.

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