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Robert Frank: The Americans, 1954-1956. Part 2.

#38 Barber shop through screen door-McClellanville, SC 1Americans 38. Barber shop through screen door–McClellanville, South Carolina, 1955.

#39 Backyard-Venice West, CA, 1956Americans 39. Backyard–Venice West, California, 1956.

#40 Newburgh, New York, 1955Americans 40. Newburgh, New York, 1955.

#41 Luncheonette- Butte, Montana, 1956

Americans 41. Luncheonette— Butte, Montana, 1956.

#42 Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1955Americans 42. Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1955.

#43 Bar- New York City, 1955Americans 43. Bar— New York City, 1955.

#44 Elevator-Miami Beach, 1955Americans 44. Elevator— Miami Beach, 1955.

#45 Restaurant - U.S. 1 leaving Colombia, SC, 1955Americans 45. Restaurant— U.S. 1 leaving Columbia, South Carolina, 1955.

#46 Drive-in movie - Detroit, 1955Americans 46. Drive-in movie—Detroit, 1955.

#47 Mississippi River, Baton Rouge, LA, 1955Americans 47. Mississippi River, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1955.

#48 St. Francis, gas station. and City Hall - Los Angeles, 1956Americans 48. St. Francis, gas station. and City Hall—Los Angeles, 1956.

#49 Crosses at scene of highway accident - U.S.91, Idaho, 1956Americans 49. Crosses at scene of highway accident—U.S.91, Idaho, 1956.

#50 Assembly line - Detroit, 1955Americans 50. Assembly line —Detroit, 1955.

#51 Convention Hall - Chicago, 1956Americans 51. Convention Hall—Chicago, 1956.

#52 Men's room, railway station - Memphis, TN, 1955Americans 52. Men’s room, railway station—Memphis, Tennessee, 1955.

#53 Cocktail Party - New York City, 1955Americans 53. Cocktail Party—New York City, 1955.

#54 Salt Lake City, Utah, 1956Americans 54. Salt Lake City, Utah, 1956.

#55 Beaufort, SC, 1955Americans 55. Beaufort, South Carolina, 1955.

#56 Funeral-St. Helena, SC, 1955Americans 56. Funeral—St. Helena, South Carolina, 1955.

#57 Chinese cemetery - San Francisco, 1956Americans 57. Chinese cemetery—San Francisco, 1956.

#58 Political Rally-Chicago, 1956Americans 58. Political Rally—Chicago, 1956.

#59 Store window-Washington, D.C. , 1957Americans 59. Store window—Washington, D.C. , 1957.

#60 Television studio - Burbank, CA, 1956Americans 60. Television studio—Burbank, California, 1956.

#61 Los AngelesAmericans 61. Los Angeles, 1955-1956.

#62 Bank - Houston, TX, 1955Americans 62. Bank—Houston, Texas, 1955.

#63 Factory-Detroit, 1955Americans 63. Factory—Detroit, 1955.

#64 Department store- Lincoln, Nebraska, 1956Americans 64. Department store—Lincoln, Nebraska, 1956.

#65 Rodeo-New York City, 1954Americans 65. Rodeo—New York City, 1954.

#66 Movie premiere-Hollywood, 1955Americans 66. Movie premiere—Hollywood, 1955.

#67 Charity Ball - New York City, 1954Americans 67. Charity Ball—New York City, 1954.

#68 Cafeteria-San Francisco, 1956Americans 68. Cafeteria—San Francisco, 1956.

#69 Drug store-Detroit, 1955Americans 69. Drug store—Detroit, 1955.

#70 Coffee shop, railway station-Indianapolis, 1956Americans 70. Coffee shop, railway station—Indianapolis, 1956.

#71 Chattanooga, TN 1955Americans 71. Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1955.

#72 San Francisco, 1956Americans 72. San Francisco, 1956.

#73 Belle Isle- DetrotAmericans 73. Belle Isle—Detroit, 1955.

#74 Public park - Cleveland, OhioAmericans 74. Public park—Cleveland, Ohio, 1955.

#75 no border Courthouse square-elizabeth NC 1955Americans 75. Courthouse square—Elizabethville, North Carolina, 1955.

#76 Picnic ground - Glendale, California, 1955Americans 76. Picnic ground—Glendale, California, 1955.

#77 Belle Isle-Detroit, 1955Americans 77. Belle Isle—Detroit, 1955.

#78 DetroitAmericans 78. Detroit, 1955.

#79 ChicagoAmericans 79. Chicago, 1956.

#80 Public park - Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1955Americans 80. Public park—Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1955.

#81 001City Hall - Reno, Nevada, 1956Americans 81. City Hall—Reno, Nevada, 1956.

#82 Indianapolis, 1956Americans 82. Indianapolis, 1956.

#83 U.S. 90, en route to Del Rio, Texas, 1955Americans 83. U.S. 90, en route to Del Rio, Texas, 1955.

Americans 84. Ford Plant, Detroit, 1955.

Robert Frank: The Americans, 1954-1956. Part 1.

Parade - Hoboken, New Jersey 1955Americans 1.  Parade — Hoboken, New Jersey, 1955.


City fathers - Hoboken NJ 1955Americans 2.  City fathers — Hoboken, New Jersey, 1955.


3. political rally -Chicago 1956
Americans 3.  Political rally — Chicago, 1956.


Funeral-St. Helena, South Carolina 1955
Americans 4.  Funeral — St. Helena, California, 1955.


5. Rodeo -Detroit 1955Americans 5.  Rodeo — Detroit, 1955.


6. Savannah Georgia 1955Americans 6. Savannah, Georgia, 1955.


7. Navy Recruiting Station, Post Office-Butte Montana 1956Americans 7. Navy Recruiting Station, Post Office — Butte, Montana, 1956.


8. En route from New York to Washington, club car 1954-55Americans 8. En Route From New York to Washington, Club Car, 1954-55.


9. Movie Premiere-Hollywood 1956Americans 9. Movie premiere — Hollywood, 1956.


10. Candy Store-New York City 1955Americans 10. Candy store — New York City, 1955.


11. Motorama -Los Angeles 1956Americans 11. Motorama — Los Angeles, 1956.


12. New York City 1955 betterAmericans 12. New York City, 1955.


13. Charleston, South Carolina 1955Americans 13. Charleston, South Carolina, 1955.


14 Ranch Market- Hollywood 1956Americans 14.  Ranch market — Hollywood, 1956.


15 Butte, Montana 1956Americans 15.  Butte, Montana, 1956.


16 Yom Kippur -East River, New York City 1954Americans 16.  Yom Kippur — East River, New York City, 1954.


17. Fourth of July-Jay, New York 1954Americans 17. Fourth of July — Jay, New York, 1954.


18. Trolly-New Orleans 1955Americans 18. Trolley — New Orleans, 1955.


19. Canal street - New Orleans 1955Americans 19. Canal Street — New Orleans, 1955.


20 Rooming House - Bunker Hill, Los Angeles 1956Americans 20. Rooming house— Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, 1956.


21.Yale Commencement -New Haven Green, New Haven CTAmericans 21. Yale Commencement — New Haven Green, New Haven, Connecticut, 1956.

22. Cafe - Beaufort, South Carolina , 1955Americans 22. Cafe — Beaufort, South Carolina, 1955.


23. Georgetown, SC 1955Americans 23. Georgetown, South Carolina, 1955.


24. Bar - Las Vegas, NevadaAmericans 24. Bar — Las Vegas, 1955.


25. Hotel Lobby- Miami Beach 1955Americans 25. Hotel Lobby — Miami Beach, 1955.


26. View from hotel window - Butte, Montana, 1956Americans 26. View from hotel window — Butte, Montana, 1956.


27. Metropolitan Life INsurance Building-New York City 1955Americans 27. Life Insurance Building  — New York City, 1955.


28. Jehovah's Witness - Los Angeles 1955Americans 28. Jehovah’s Witness — Los Angeles, 1955.


29. Bar- Gallup New Mexico 1955Americans 29. Gallup, New Mexico, 1955.


30. U.S. 30 between Ogallala and North Platte, Nebraska 1956Americans 30. U.S. 30 between Ogallala and North Platte, Nebraska, 1956.


31. Casino- Elko, Nevada 1956Americans 31. Casino — Elko, Nevada, 1956.


32. U.S. 91 Leaving Blackfoot, Idaho 1956Americans 32. U.S. 91, leaving Blackfoot, Idaho, 1956.


33. St Petersburg, Florida 1955Americans 33. St. Petersburg, Florida, 1956.


34. Covered Car-Long Beach, California 1956Americans 34. Covered car — Long Beach, California, 1956.


35. Car accident - U.S. 66 between Winslow and Flagstaff, Arizona 1955 betterAmericans 35. Car accident — U.S. 66, between Winslow and Flagstaff, Arizona, 1955.


36. U.S. 285, New Mexico 1955Americans 36. U.S. 285, New Mexico, 1955.


37. Bar-Detroit 1955Americans 37. Bar — Detroit, 1955.


Former Miss Denmark to Playboy Model, Color Glamour Photographs of Dane Arden (Elsa Sørensen) in the 1950’s and 1960’s Tell A Story.

Elsa Sørensen

Former Miss Denmark Elsa Sørensen was a popular glamour model in the mid-1950’s and early 1960’s.

By John P. Walsh

Dane Arden (1934-2013) was an international magazine model in the 1950’s and 1960’s. She was born Elsa Sørensen on March 25, 1934 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and, after she won the title of Miss Denmark as a teenager went with her family to live in Vancouver, Canada. Her debut in the September 1956 issue of Playboy magazine gave her much publicity and she went on to appear multiple times in that American men’s entertainment and lifestyle publication. Dane Arden also modeled for magazines such as the U.S. version of Australia’s Adam magazine. Elsa moved to Los Angeles, married twice, and died on April 18, 2013 at age 79 years following complications from a bicycle accident in Vero Beach, Florida.

Elsa Sørensen

In addition to Playboy, Elsa Sørensen appeared in the U.S. version of Adam magazine using the name Dane Arden which she used for all her non-Playboy modeling assignments. 

In one favorite set of non-nude color photographs of Dane Arden—this from 1956, the same time as her Playboy shoot—22-year-old Dane Arden expresses her beauty, physical dynamism and engaging personality as she poses as a carhop bringing fast food to people in their cars at drive-in restaurants. Working carhops first appeared in the early 1920’s along expanding and popular interstate roads and were mostly boys and men. But during and after World War II the role was increasingly performed by women. By the mid 1950’s abundant drive-ins had to compete for customers in fast-moving automobiles and so carhop uniforms were eye catching. Uniforms on busy roads would be often creatively thematic with military, airline, space age, and cheerleader uniforms predominating. In this photograph Dane Arden is an especially alluring carhop who wears a skimpy plaid-patterned matching fringed halter top and short shorts with fringed apron cut to size. Wearing the typical flat shoes and head gear worn by many female car hops at the time, Dane Arden proffers the perfect uniform to greet her customers with their cups of hot coffee.

Dane Arden, 1956.

Dane Arden (Elsa Sørensen) in 1956 in her carhop uniform. In the mid 1950’s drive-ins competed for customers in fast-moving automobiles using eye-catching carhop uniforms. 

There’s a fifteen-minute color documentary filmed in the mid 1970’s at the legendary Keller’s Drive-In in Dallas, Texas. Their original location opened in 1950 but closed in 2000. Today the oldest restaurant in the chain is the one that opened on Northwest Highway in Dallas in 1955. There are two more Keller’s restaurants are on Garland Road and Harry Hines Boulevard. Keller’s Drive-In remains a classic spot to enjoy their no-frills burger and a cold beer. Founder Jack Keller —who once worked at Kirby’s Pig Stand which became the nation’s first drive-in restaurant empire—died in 2016 at 88 years old. The documentary is about carhops and the American Graffiti-style drive-in culture which once littered America’s roads from coast to coast.


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Elsa Sørensen enjoys a waterfall.

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Elsa Sørensen by the fireplace.

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Elsa Sørensen in orange Capri pants.

Dane Arden
Dane Arden posed both nude and non-nude for pop-culture magazines like Tempo, Adam, and Playboy in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Dane Arden poses on the beach
Dane Arden observed that it took longer for her to achieve an attractive “disheveled look” in a swimsuit for a beach shoot than if she prepared for a fancy dress-up photographic session.

Dane Arden on the beach

Dane Arden pose

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Dane Arden Tempo Oct 30 1956
Dane Arden displayed the blonde bombshell image that became very popular in mid-20th century American popular culture.

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Elsa Mattingly (Elsa Sorensen) (Dane Arden).

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Playboy's Miss September 1956
Elsa Sørensen was Playboy‘s Miss September 1956.

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Dane Arden Escapade magazine, 1956
Dane Arden, Escapade magazine, 1956.

Dane Arden 1956

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Dane Arden biography – Lentz III, Harris M., Obituaries in the Performing Arts, McFarland, 2013 and http://www.pulpinternational.com/pulp/entry/1960-photo-of-Danish-model-Elsa-Sorensen-aka-Dane-Arden.html (retrieved Aug. 28, 2017); women carhops – Koutsky, Kathryn Strand, Koutsky, Linda, and Ostman, Eleanor, Minnesota Eats Out: An Illustrated History, Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2003, p. 134; carhops history – http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/last-day-for-texas-celebrated-drive-in-pig-stands (retrieved Aug. 28, 2017); story of Keller’s – http://res.dallasnews.com/interactives/kellers/ published on March 18, 2015 and http://www.dallasobserver.com/restaurants/the-man-who-brought-us-one-of-dallas-greatest-burgers-has-died-8271874 (retrieved Aug. 28, 2017).

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