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December 13, 2017

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Paramount Pictures Promotional Spread in Motion Picture Herald, 1936

The Motion Picture Herald was an American film industry trade paper published from 1931 to December 1972. It was replaced by the QP Herald, which only lasted until May 1973.

The paper's origins go further back two decades. In 1915, a Chicago printing company launched a film publication as a regional trade paper for exhibitors in the Midwest and known as Exhibitors Herald. Publisher Martin Quigley bought the paper and over the following two decades developed the Exhibitors Herald into an important American national trade paper for the US film industry.

In 1917, Quigley acquired and merged another publication MOTOGRAPHY into his magazine. In 1927, he further acquired and merged the magazine The Moving Picture World and began publishing it as Exhibitors' Herald and Moving Picture World, which was later shortened to the more manageable title, Exhibitors' Herald World.

After acquiring Motion Picture News in 1930, he merged these publications into the Motion Picture Herald.

Veronica Lake: The Peek-a-Boo Girl of the 1940s

Born Constance Frances Marie Ockelman in the New York City borough of Brooklyn in 1922, American film, stage, and television actress Veronica Lake was well known for her peek-a-boo hairstyle. She won both popular and critical acclaim for her role in Sullivan's Travels and for femme fatale roles in film noirs with Alan Ladd during the 1940s.

Lake's career had begun to decline by the late 1940s, in part due to her alcoholism. She made only one film in the 1950s but appeared in several guest-starring roles on television. She returned to the screen in 1966 with a role in the film Footsteps In the Snow, but the role failed to revitalize her career.

Lake released her memoirs, Veronica: The Autobiography of Veronica Lake, in 1970. She used the money she made from the book to finance a low-budget horror film Flesh Feast. It was her final onscreen role.

Lake died in July 1973 from hepatitis and acute kidney injury at the age of 50.

These glamorous pictures that captured portrait of Veronica Lake in the 1940s.

December 11, 2017

Top Christmas Gifts: See How Popular These 1948 Best-Selling Christmas Gifts Were

Take a look at Macy’s best-selling holiday gifts of 1948—which LIFE compiled, along with the number of each item sold and at what price—and it's immediately apparent that things have changed since then.

For starters, the gifts then skewed more toward the practical. Such everyday items as a pair of nylons or a ballpoint pen, the department store’s third- and fourth-highest-selling items that season, may ignite little excitement in today’s gift receiver, who has been conditioned to want little more than the latest Apple product. Second, there is a conspicuous absence of anything technological, whereas nearly seven decades later, more than two thirds of holiday shoppers plan to purchase electronics for their loved ones.

Then again, the rise of personal technology was still decades away, as these were the days when fewer than 10% of households even had a TV set. Rather than instruments of entertainment, gift-givers wrapped up objects that were wearable or edible, and immediately usable: a pair of pajamas, a bottle of scotch or that perennial favorite, some sturdy slippers. Basic, to be sure—but sure to be put to frequent use.

Handkerchief, 300,000, 33 cents apiece.

Christmas card sets, 100,000, 47 cents a set.

Nylons, 15 Denier, 77,000, $1.38 a pair.

Ball-point pen, 60,000, 92 cents a pen.

Men's blue shorts, 50,000, 69 cents a pair.


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