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Exploring Historic Photos on Flickr (Yes, Flickr)

In 2007, the Library of Congress began putting historic images on Flickr (remember Flickr?) and this was one of my favorites: The first all-woman jury in Los Angeles AND the first all-women jury in California.. Warning, you will see this … Continue reading

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Jan. 2, 1958: Photographer Edward Weston Dies

Here’s a blog post I wrote for the Daily Mirror blog in 2008, when it was hosted by the Los Angeles Times. Edward Weston, one of the great photographers of the 20th century, received a one-paragraph obituary in the Los … Continue reading

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Follies Theater’s 1927 ‘Hot Mamma’ Show Led Court to Overturn Law on ‘Indecent Shows’

A EBay vendor posted this photo of a woman named Aline or Alene Carberry, and I could not resist unleashing the hounds of research. Bidding on the “Hot Mamma” photo is currently at $34.50.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — A. L. “Whitey” Schafer Simplifies Portraits

“Thou Shalt Not,” “Whitey” Schafer’s most famous image. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. In the very early days of the motion picture industry, stills photographers meant nothing to the moving picture companies. They asked their feature cameramen … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Bert Longworth and ‘Hold Still, Hollywood’

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. In the last forty years, movie collectors and photography connoisseurs have recognized the art and value of Hollywood still photography, most particularly in the gloriously lit and composed portraits of glamorous stars. … Continue reading

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Sept. 30, 1886: ‘An Orgie Such as Even the Most Salacious Pen of Ancient Rome Never Dared Describe’

Sept. 30, 1886: We decided to dig out the original quote from Joe Mozingo’s history of the Los Angeles Times in Sunday’s paper. And let it be said that the editorial pages of frontier newspapers were not known for their … Continue reading

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Christmas Past: A Cincinnati Family Celebrates the Holidays 100 Years Ago

I picked up these photos in a Pasadena thrift store years ago. There is no information on them except the stamp on the back: Moser & Son, Cin’ti, O. Aside from the tree (seen below) and what seem to be … Continue reading

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In Memoriam — Johnny Fox | Sword Swallower (1953 — 2017)

We were saddened to read an obituary in the New York Times this week about sword swallower Johnny Fox, who died of cancer in Maryland at the age of 64. We snapped this picture of Fox, about to swallow a … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Junius Estep and Alfred Lindstedt, Early but Forgotten Stills Photographers

Bessie Eyton by Junius Estep, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2015 In the early days of silent film production, moving picture companies promoted their brand names to consumers, selling films around the quality and … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Random Old Crap Listed as ‘Black Dahlia Clone’

I’m continually surprised by the ingenuity of some EBay vendors in stretching to impossible lengths to find a link to the Black Dahlia case The vendor in question has listed some random old flea market find as “Beautiful raven haired … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: K.O. Rahmn, Mary Pickford’s Photographer

  Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks in “The Taming of the Shrew,” photo by K.O. Rahmn, from Close Up. Probably the only actor/stills photographer in early Hollywood, K. O. (Knute Olaf) Rahmn worked for Kalem Co. at its Glendale studio … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Nelson Evans, Hollywood’s Early Forgotten Portrait Photographer

Photo: Nelson Evans Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Unlike the theatrical world, the early motion picture industry was slow in recognizing the importance of photographs to help publicize and sell its films. While Broadway producers hired great … 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. Note: This is an encore of a post from 2014. Over … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Celebrities’ Sons Become Photographers

Carlyle Blackwell Jr.,Bryant Washburn Jr., Elsie Ferguson II and Erich von Stroheim Jr. shown in Motion Picture Herald, 1933. When it comes to careers, many children follow in the footsteps of their parents, either through family tradition or because it … 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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Olympics: Scenes From the 1932 Los Angeles Games

Several years ago, I bought a group of German images showing the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and the 2016 Rio Games seemed like a good time to share them.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Russell Ball — An Eye for Glamour

Doris Kenyon by Russell Ball, Motion Picture Magazine, 1928. Motion picture still photography, just like any brand marketing, is all about creating a recognizable and attractive product appealing to consumers and leading to sales. Going a step further, stills photography’s … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions: Mark A. Vieira’s ‘Into the Dark’

Mark A. Vieira writes that he will be signing advance copies of his book “Into the Dark” at the TCM Classic Film Festival. “Into the Dark,” published by Running Press and TCM, won’t be officially released until May 24, so … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Jack Freulich, Universal Still Man

Laura La Plante in a photograph by Jack Freulich, Motion Picture Classic.  History is written by survivors, so those who die young often seem to recede into memory, forgotten or ignored as time passed them by. While often great artists, … Continue reading

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Vandalized Church Needs Help

Somewhere in Los Angeles, young men with too much testosterone and spray paint are spending what is apparently their abundant spare time vandalizing an abandoned church. Judging by my Instagram feed, abandoned classrooms, theaters, auditoriums and other unsecured sites in … Continue reading

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