My thanks to the FIDM Museum for this wonderful post about Fred Astaire's shoes. It included not only a link to a fascinating interview with the great dancer, wherein he discusses his clothing choices in detail, but this clip from Flying Down to Rio—the first film in which Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire danced together. They appear only for a short time, but the production is a great example of what musicals accomplished—with talented human beings and no computer special effects—in the 1930s.
Illustration: Detail from City of New York Municipal Airports poster, courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.
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