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LAPD: Dating an Early Photograph, Part II

An undated photo of LAPD officers from SkyscraperCity.com, which reposts images from all over the Internet (including mine), often without acknowledgement. In case you just tuned in, we’re examining an early photo of LAPD officers, often misidentified as dating from … Continue reading

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LAPD: Dating an Early Photograph, Part I

An undated photo of LAPD officers from SkyscraperCity.com, which reposts images from all over the Internet (including mine), often without acknowledgement. I recently learned that this photo, published in Capt. Art Sjoquist’s “History of the Los Angeles Police Department” as … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, June 26, 1944

June 26, 1944 Oh my, what is the Greatest Generation up to? On the jump, a feature on war photographers. And a look at movie stars and their stand-ins, including Mary Lou Isleib (Shirley Temple) and Jack Robbins (Bob Hope). … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Preston Duncan Shoots for Artistry

Buddy Rogers, photographed by Preston Duncan. Motion picture still photography grew rapidly from the early teens through the mid-1920s, becoming the main publicity staple of Hollywood film studios. Begun merely as a record for film scenes, shot by camera operators … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, June 12, 1944

June 12, 1944 Life’s cover photo shows 500-pound bombs falling on an oil refinery in Leghorn, Italy. Where does Al Capp get ideas for his characters? Would you believe Veronica Lake? A feature on Humphrey Bogart says that while filming … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: My Photos of Elizabeth Short Get Around

Some folks on the Internet are quite casual about where they get images. I always watermark mine so that even if someone swipes it, the url is still visible — unless someone crops it out. Here’s a case in point.

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Black Dahlia: Fixing a Small Error Before It Becomes a Big One

KPCC recently did a story about the LAPD’s archive of crime photos. And whoever wrote the caption took a logical – but incorrect – guess about the people in this photo of the Black Dahlia crime scene. Let’s do a … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Early Los Angeles Portrait Photographers Capture Life

    Garden City Foto Co. demonstrated its setup for high-angle shots in this ad from a Los Angeles city directory.  Long before topnotch stills photographers like Fred Hartsook and Albert Witzel began shooting high-end portraits, many early photographers captured … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, March 27, 1944

March 27, 1944: Landing craft 220 transports troops to an Italian beach, while LCI 226 lands troops in New Guinea and New Britain, the subject of a profile by John Hersey. Universal movie studios photographer Ray Jones gives a lesson … Continue reading

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Bogart and Bacall in a Mystery Photo

This undated snapshot of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart has appeared on the California state controller’s list of unclaimed property. There’s also a photo of Clint Eastwood in the same lot. Whoever owns it, please contact the state controller.

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Feb. 28, 1944

Feb. 28, 1944: Ella Raines, star of “Phantom Lady,”  gets the cover photo. Life looks at the emerging race for the Republican candidate to challenge Franklin Roosevelt for a fourth term in the 1944 presidential election, with Thomas E. Dewey … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Max Munn Autrey, Texas Stillman

Max Munn Autrey, from Pictures and Picturegoer, August 1925 “In Hollywood, photographers spring into fame overnight. They are, for a time, a fad—and only become recognized as established worth when they prove that their ideas are not limited. All an … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Feb. 7, 1944

Feb. 7, 1944: Karsh photographs George Bernard Shaw, 87, for the cover, with more Karsh portraits inside. Features include American prisoners who escaped from the Japanese in the Philippines, the radio show “Inner Sanctum” and the movie “Gung Ho.” Courtesy … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — AMPAS Awards Stills Photographers

“A close second as the Best Production Still Out-of-Doors, is this beautifully composed and lighted scene from “Song of Bernadette,” 20th-Century-Fox production, by Stax Graves,” Courtesy of Mary Mallory. Over its 87-year-old history, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Jan. 24, 1944

Jan. 24, 1944: Margaret Sullavan gets the cover photo this week. Inside is Margaret Bourke-White’s feature on the rehabilitation of Naples and the movie is “Destination Tokyo.” Courtesy of Google.

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Movieland Mystery Photo — Nevermind Edition

Sorry, as Eve Golden points out, this lady is a repeat. I thought I recognized her but I couldn’t find the post. Comments are closed. I’ll notify those who got her right. For Monday, here’s a mystery woman, courtesy of … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions — Mark A. Vieira on Hollywood Photographer George Hurrell

I had the great good fortune of spending several hours Saturday with Mark A. Vieira, a regular commenter on the mystery photos and author of several books, including the current release “George Hurrell’s Hollywood.” I will post more about our … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Jan. 3, 1944

Jan. 3, 1944: Google has thoughtfully scanned Life magazine for 1944. Here’s the first issue of the year.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Nostalgic View Of Hollywood’s Santa Claus Lane

Carol Hughes as photographed by Schuyler Crail, courtesy of Mary Mallory. For decades, motion picture studios churned out thousands of motion picture still photographs — candids, scene stills, off-camera shots, and portraits — to employ as free advertising for films … Continue reading

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LAPD: Parker Center Cop Shop Files — Mystery Guest No. 1

In case you just tuned in, I was given a box of material cleaned out of the press room at Parker Center that was crammed with photos, artist sketches, press releases and some tattered maps. I have organized the material … Continue reading

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