”Queen Of The Waves” by Edward Eggleston c. 1920s
"Is this your wife? What a lovely throat."
Anna May Wong's Certificate of Identity, August 18, 1924, National Archives at San Francisco.
She was born Wong Liu Tsong in 1905 in Los Angeles to a Cantonese-American family that had lived in America since at least 1855. However, being an American didn’t matter in a time when people of Chinese descent were being heavily legislated against. Beginning in 1909, any people of Chinese descent entering or residing in the US, regardless of the country of their birth, had to carry a Certificate of Identity with them at all times. Even at the peak of her fame, Wong still had to carry papers like the one above to prove she was allowed to be here. Read the rest of the article.
And when he had crossed the bridge, the phantoms came to meet him.
Nosferatu, 1922 | F. W. Murnau.
Clara Bow in Wings, 1927
The Show, 1927
Sally Starr photographed by Ruth Harriet Louise c. 1920s (via)
A group of people gather round and watch a snake charmer at work in India, 1923.
Photograph by Hans Hildenbrand, National Geographic