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Antisocial Parking

Well-behaved women seldom make history, but they also don’t take two parking spaces.

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Coming Attractions: Mark A. Vieira on George Hurrell

Mark A. Vieira, a photographer, historian and author of several books, will take part in a public discussion of Hollywood photographer George Hurrell on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at USC’s Doheny Library marking the opening of an exhibit of … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Sept. 25, 1944

Sept. 25, 1944 Claire Poe of Miami Beach, Fla., appears on the cover of Life’s special issue “A Letter to GIs,” because she is the kind of good-looking American girl that a lot of GIs know and would like to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ernest Bachrach Defines RKO Glamour

Ernest Bachrach’s portrait of Robert Ryan is listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $94.95. Hollywood’s motion picture still photography defined sophisticated style, shaped personas and created the iconic image of “a movie star” as we know it today. … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Sept. 4, 1944

The U.S. Secretary of State, who is offstage director for the Dumbarton Oaks conference on postwar security is shown in this excellent portrait by Karsh. Secretary Hull welcomed the delegates to Washington. Last week, Mr. Hull talked with John Foster … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 21, 1944

The churning craft on the cover are amphibious tractors, sometimes called “alligators.” The alligator, armed with machine guns, is designed to carry small loads of troops through the water to an enemy beach and, if possible, to carry them through … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 14, 1944

Aug. 14, 1944 The tough, haggard man on the cover is one of the thousands who are winning the battle for France. He is Lt. Kelso C. Horne of the U.S. airborne infantry. Men like Lt. Horne saw their hardest … Continue reading

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

Geraldine Fitzgerald was born in Dublin, Ireland, and is a product of that city’s famous Gate Theatre. Her initial appearance on Broadway in Shaw’s “Heartbreak House”  brought offers from all major Hollywood studios. Now under contract to Warner Bros., she … Continue reading

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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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