Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beautiful Vintage Bathing Suits in Florida from the 1940s-50s

Elvis winking and blowing a kiss, ca. 1950s

Halloween (1978)

Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut. The film was the first installment in what became the Halloween franchise.

The plot is set in the fictional Midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois. On Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old Michael Myers murders his older sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Fifteen years later, he escapes from a psychiatric hospital, returns home, and stalks teenager Laurie Strode and her friends. Michael's psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis suspects Michael's intentions, and follows him to Haddonfield to try to prevent him from killing.

Here's a small collection of pictures from Halloween (1978).

A Beautiful Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor in 1945

Original studio publicity portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for film Hold High the Torch, 1945. (via)

"Fashions for Women", 1927

A collection of beautiful fashion photos from classic silent movie Fashions for Women (1927) directed by Dorothy Arzner, featuring Esther Ralston, Raymond Hatton, Einar Hanson, Edward Martindel, Yvonne Howell, and more...

Dorothy Arzner was one of the very few women who established a name for herself as a director in the film industry of the 1920s and 1930s. Despite the extreme sexism prevalent in Hollywood, Arzner was able to establish what remains to this day the largest body of work by a woman director within the studio system.

After threatening to leave Paramount for rival studio Columbia Pictures if not offered a chance to direct, Arzner was granted her opportunity to make her first film, Fashions for Women (1927), a lighthearted romp that earned praise from critics and became a box office success.

Women in bathing suits on Collaroy Beach, 1908

 Photographed by Colin Caird.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vintage Photos of Hollywood Actresses in Halloween Costumes, ca. 1930s

Anne Gwynne & Peggy Moran, c.1939

Betty Grable, c.1932

Betty Grable, c.1932

Dorothy Dix, c.1930s

June Collyer, c.1930

Beautiful Vintage Tennis Style from between 1900s and 1920s

Tennis players, 1906.

Three young women in light dresses holding tennis racquets, ca. 1900.

Women playing tennis, 1906.

Chicago girls at Sokol Sports, Prague, Austria, ca. 1912.

Gladys Ingalls, ca. 1910s.

Funeral procession on Greenleaf Avenue in Whittier, California, late 1800s

Old Contact Sheets from Some of Hollywood’s Most Legendary Films

Before you could open that folder of images on your memory card, contact sheets were the only way to review a bunch of photographs you just took. In Hollywood's golden days, directors had on-set photographers capturing candid images for those iconic movie posters.

Julius Caesar featuring Marlon Brando, 1953

Rear Window featuring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly, 1954

Bus Stop featuring Marilyn Monroe, 1956

Giant featuring James Deen, 1956