The Tournament of Roses Parade – Through the Years

Mornings on the first of January are a cuddly affair of cocoa, coffee, cinnamon buns and Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade. Or, at least, for that’s the way it is for Southern Californians. The parade itself is high camp, and network coverage is overinflated cornball… but boy if it doesn’t make me all warm and […]

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Pictorial Palette – Marilyn Monroe

There is a moment in the 1956 film Bus Stop that is a striking testament to the worth of Marilyn Monroe as a serious actress. It doesn’t last long–a few seconds at most–but like all great screen moments, it seeds itself into your subconscious, rendering it impossible to forget. Having been relentlessly chased down and […]

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Hollywood Blvd … Then and Now

So it was a little over 80 years ago (like, 80 years, one month and a couple hours) that Howard Hughes’ wartime epic Hell’s Angels premiered to a thronging crowd at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. (It also catapulted Jean Harlow to stardom, but that’s another post.) The glittering premier was the grandest such event Hollywood had […]

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Favorite Website of the Week: Sepia Town

Forget the Flux Capacitor—Time Travel is HERE. Well… virtually. SepiaTown is an ingenious new service that allows users to upload and map historical images from any given place or period.  (Think of it as a GoogleMap Street View with a Then and Now function!) We heart SepiaTown and want to live there. Permanently.  Starting now. […]

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Out of the Vaults: Lois Moran

Lois Moran was, briefly, an actress in silent films. But she is better known for the literary character she inspired: the vivacious red-headed starlet Rosemary Hoyt in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1934 novel Tender is the Night. Fitzgerald became enamored with Moran, whom he called the most ‘beautiful girl in Hollywood,’ and carried on an intense […]

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Albert Kahn's Experimental Color Photography

Our earlier posting of early 20th century color photography in Russia generated quite a lot of interest, so we’re following up with a look at the work of French-Jewish photographer Albert Kahn.  The excellent photo blog Citynoise posted a collection of Kahn’s experimental color photography from the early 1900s, for which he used a process […]

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