When Garbo met Coolidge

Back in its first incarnation and before it went under in the more egalitarian New Deal era, Vanity Fair was just as fashionable as it is today, sporting a jaunty ethos of mixing, matching, and homogenizing popular personalities from different classes, races, and sexes – as long as they were brilliant, beautiful, rich, or talented. In the early 1930s, it featured a number of “Impossible Interviews”, imaginary pairings of such unlikely duos as Greta Garbo and Calvin Coolidge, reproduced below, all extravagantly illustrated by Miguel Covarrubias.

“Ah vant to be left alone” meets “You lose”

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