Sunday, October 5, 2014

Unpublished Joan Crawford Pre Code Photo

Here is another on Etsy now.

As I have stated before these come from an old man who was intimate with many of the stars of yesteryear.  And he sold me his collection before he passed.

Here is one of Joan Crawford that is sexy and leggy:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/205843029/vintage-original-joan-crawford-pre-code?ref=listing-shop-header-1

 
Here is the photo.
 
If you can't find it, go to Etsy and look up Joan Crawford pre code.
 
If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
 
This is a chance to own a rare unpublished piece of Hollywood history.
 
Thanks!

Ursula Andress Sexy Photos Nude Vintage Original

I am selling off some collections I have had for awhile.

On Etsy I am selling off some rare John Derek photographed photos of an early Ursula Andress.  You can tell the body type is right.  These nudes--I will be listing more--are part of a collection I purchased from an old man who knew many of the stars from the 20s to 70s.  He got a lot of rare stuff that was not meant to be seen by the public.  So many are unpublished.  He would only buy if it were a rare not-released-before picture.  So I hope you enjoy these:

Here is the link for Andress:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/205843643/3-vintage-original-ursula-andress-john

Or go to Esty and look up Nude Ursula Andress.

I have another seller selling some of my older vintage photos I've been collecting for years and I will showcase that soon as well. 

So this is your chance to own a piece of Hollywood vintage originals!

Here is an example of one of them.
 
Feel free to send me any questions. 
 
Thanks!

Gordon Parks in Hollywood: An African-American Photographer

This is our first entry on a black photographer.   We hold no prejudices are to be found here on this blog.  And Parks also became a writer and director later in life.


Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks was born on November 30, 1912 in Fort Scott, Kansas. He was the last child of Sarah (nee Ross) and Jackson Parks. His father was a hard-working farmer.  He attended a segregated elementary school. At the time, blacks were not encouraged to further their education.  Parks related in a documentary on his life that his teacher told him that his desire to go to college would be a waste of money.  He had a rough childhood and when he was fourteen, his mother died.  He was then sent to live with relatives.  That, however, did not work out and he found himself out on the streets soon after.


In 1929, he briefly worked in a gentlemen's club, the Minnesota Club.  And he later went to Chicago and worked at a flophouse.   These two jobs allowed him to see many different kinds of people who would later influence his work.  At the age of twenty-five, Parks was struck by photographs of migrant workers in a magazine and bought his first camera, a Voigtländer Brillant, for $12.50 at a Seattle, Washington, pawnshop. The photography clerks who developed Parks' first roll of film, applauded his work and prompted him to seek a fashion assignment at a women's clothing store in St. Paul, Minnesota, that was owned by Frank Murphy. Those photographs caught the eye of Marva Louis, the elegant wife of heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis. She encouraged Parks to move to Chicago more permanently in 1940, where he began a portrait business and specialized in photographs of society women.


Over the next few years, he would find himself working freelance.  Then he got his first big break with chronicling the black ghetto and exhibiting his photographs in 1941.  For this, he received fellowship with the Farm Security Administration. 


Working as a trainee under Roy Stryker, Parks created one of his best-known photographs, American Gothic, Washington, D.C., named after the iconic Grant Wood painting, American Gothic. The photograph shows a black woman, Ella Watson, who worked on the cleaning crew of the FSA building, standing stiffly in front of an American flag hanging on the wall, a broom in one hand and a mop in the background. Parks had been inspired to create the image after encountering racism repeatedly in restaurants and shops in the segregated capital city.


After the FSA disbanded, Parks remained in Washington, D.C. as a correspondent with the Office of War Information.  Finally, disgusted with the prejudice he encountered, however, he resigned in 1944.  Moving to Harlem, Parks became a freelance fashion photographer for Vogue. He later followed Stryker to the  Standard Oil Photography Project in New Jersey, which assigned photographers to take pictures of small towns and industrial centers. He did photographic essays of these towns and people. 


Parks renewed his search for photography jobs in the fashion world. Despite racist attitudes of the day, the Vogue editor, Alexander Liberman, hired him to shoot a collection of evening gowns. Parks photographed fashion for Vogue for the next few years and he developed the distinctive style of photographing his models in motion rather than poised. During this time, he published his first two books, Flash Photography (1947) and Camera Portraits: Techniques and Principles of Documentary Portraiture (1948).


A 1948 photographic essay on a young Harlem gang leader won Parks a staff job as a photographer and writer with Life Magazine.  He was the first African American to do so for the magazine. For twenty years, Parks produced photographs on subjects including fashion, sports, Broadway, poverty, and racial segregation, as well as portraits of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Barbara Streisand. He became "one of the most provocative and celebrated photojournalists in the United States."


His upbringing is superbly brought to paper with his autobiographical best-seller, The Learning Tree.  (It was also made into a film later).  It was Life photographer Carl Mydans who suggested he write about his rugged childhood years in Kansas.


Parks should not be forgotten though as one of the great photographers in Hollywood.  In addition to the other people aforementioned, he photographed Ingrid Bergman and Marilyn Monroe among others.  Those are the ones, of course, we will focus on here.


He says: "I accepted my success with Vogue and Life with peace," at the time he worked behind a photographer's camera.  "Assignments to Hollywood during the years to follow proved to be the bulwark of my existence.  While watching films unfold, I found myself directing without actually directing.  Within bright and soft lights, I was subconsciously placing actors where I alone wanted to see them.  'Two lovers waltzed without moving.  An elm tree took wings and flew away through a cyclone.'  Each assignment  provided new challenges." 


Eventually, Parks would direct, write screenplays and even do the musical scores to films like his own, "The Learning Tree," "Shaft" and his son would also prove to be a director of films like "Superfly." 


Parks was married and divorced three times. Parks married Sally Alvis in Minneapolis during 1933 and they divorced in 1961. He married Elizabeth Campbell in 1962 and they divorced in 1973. Parks first met Genevieve Young in 1962 when he began writing The Learning Tree. At that time, his publisher assigned her to be his editor. They became romantically involved at a time when they both were divorcing previous spouses, and married in 1973. They divorced in 1979. For many years, Parks was romantically involved with Gloria Vanderbilt, the railroad heiress and designer. Their relationship evolved into a deep friendship that endured throughout his lifetime.


Parks fathered four children: Gordon, Jr., David, Leslie, and Toni (Parks-Parsons). His oldest son Gordon Parks, Jr., whose talents resembled his father's, was killed in a plane crash in 1979 in Kenya, where he had gone to direct a film. Parks has five grandchildren: Alain, Gordon III, Sarah, Campbell, and Satchel. Malcolm X honored Parks when he asked him to be the godfather of his daughter, Qubilah Shabazz.


Gordon Parks received more than twenty honorary doctorates in his lifetime.  He died of cancer at the age of 93 while living in Manhattan and is buried in his hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas on March 7, 2006.

Eartha Kitt:

 
 
 
Marilyn Monroe:
 
 
 

 
 
Dorothy Dandridge:
 
 
Andy Warhol:
 
 
Ingrid Bergman:
 
 
Hugh Grant:
 
 
The man himself:
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Rare Sophia Loren John Wayne Vintage Photo Photos at Amusement Park

Here are two more vintage photos from my collection.

Front of 1st picture

Two different views of the back.


2nd photo

And again, two images from back.

 
 

This is a rare vintage original press photograph of the sexy star Sophia Loren with John Wayne.  These were taken during a film break during the making of 'Legend of the Lost.'

They both measure about 5 x 7 inches. Both would look wonderful matted and framed.

The condition is wonderful on these but does have some signs of bumps from gluing the three different snipes shown on back. The first one has the press markings from the areas that were cut for publication.  Under the snipes there are press ink stamps.  These look to be originally from the US then they went onto foreign countries.  It looks like Italy and Spain.  The American back can partially be read and says John Wayne and Sophia Loren are costarring in Legend of the Lost in Rome and during makeup tests prior to filming...(you cannot see the rest there) then it says: "in a shooting gallery in the square, Sophia displayed her marksmanship in a shooting gallery, matching Wayne shot for shot.  The star of many Westerns, notorious for being a quick-on-the trigger, sharpshooter, was either being gallant to his leading lady or he has lost his touch, because Sophia walked away with all the prizes."  The other photo pretty much says the same but adds: "Sophia Loren and John Wayne at the 'Fontana di Trevi.'  It is a custom of all foreigners to throw a coin in this fountain wishing it will bring them back to Rome.  December 28th, 1956." An amazing piece of history.

I am selling off my large collection of vintage press photographs. I have many great collectible pieces, many come from several locations around the world and some have traveled to be published in many different magazines, hence the various snipes on back and the printed stamps on back as well. 

I have researched how they cost or whereabouts the prices range on the internet for professional photos of this type. I have researched anywhere from Ebay to Artnet for pricing. However, in some cases I have lowered the price for collectors.

I am asking $300.00 or best offer.

I hope to give these photos to collectors and not dealers. I have tried to work with dealers and they just want pennies on the dollar for my great collection.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me. I guarantee that these are original photographs. I explain as much as possible about each one. If you are not completely satisfied with any photo you can return it within 2 weeks. Other than that, I cannot give refunds. By that time you should know if you want to keep the photo or not. I can also give a refunds if the item is not completely as described. However, I do my utmost best to describe the photos completely.

I take several types of payment: checks (a weeks wait for clearing before sending), money orders, cashiers checks, paypal (do not send to the email listed here--I will provide the one I use) and just about any other type of payment.

Thanks for taking the time to consider my photographs.

Marilyn Monroe Tom Ewell Seven Year Itch Vintage Photo

Here is another classic Marilyn photo:

Here is the front.
 
Here is the back.
 
This is a rare vintage original press photograph of the sex goddess, Marilyn Monroe with costar Tom Ewell from the film "The Seven Year Itch."

It measures 8 x 10 inches. It would look wonderful matted and framed. The condition is wonderful.  The photograph does have some minor creasing from age. Still an amazing piece of history.

The back shows the normal signs of the press who published the photo. Apparently, it is from a French publication and has some French ink stamps in a few places.

The photo is still a classic and shows Marilyn giving a sexy look to her costar who looks like he is about to give her a kiss on her cheek. 

I am selling off my large collection of vintage press photographs. I have many great collectible pieces, many come from several locations around the world and some have traveled to be published in many different magazines, hence the various snipes on back and the printed stamps on back as well. 

I have researched how they cost or whereabouts the prices range on the internet for professional photos of this type. I have researched anywhere from Ebay to Artnet for pricing. However, in some cases I have lowered the price for collectors. 

I am asking $1,000.00 or best offer for this.

I hope to give these photos to collectors and not dealers. I have tried to work with dealers and they just want pennies on the dollar for my great collection.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me. I guarantee that these are original photographs. I explain as much as possible about each one. If you are not completely satisfied with any photo you can return it within 2 weeks. Other than that, I cannot give refunds. By that time you should know if you want to keep the photo or not. I can also give a refunds if the item is not completely as described. However, I do my utmost best to describe the photos completely.

I take several types of payment: checks (a weeks wait for clearing before sending), money orders, cashiers checks, paypal (do not send to the email listed here--I will provide the one I use) and just about any other type of payment.

Thanks for taking the time to consider my photographs.

 

Rare Sexy Vintage Photo of Marilyn Monroe Frank Powolny

With the economy being what it is, I have decided to sell some of my rare collection of vintage movie star photos.

So here is the first one...

Here is the front.

And here is the back.
 
 
This is a rare vintage original press photograph of the sex goddess, Marilyn Monroe.

It measures 8 x 10 inches. It would look wonderful matted and framed.

The condition is wonderful but does show pin marks whereas someone has hung it on their wall at one time. And you can see on the lower right and side where the press staff has marked over places that were the magazine needed to cover up the lighter side of the press photo for publication. The photograph does have some minor creasing from age and two tiny--but not very noticeable tears on the left hand side. Still an amazing piece of history.

The back also shows the normal signs of the press who published the photo. Apparently, they were going for a side shot for publication. However, thankfully, the photo has not been cut like I have seen similar press shots done for printing in magazines, newspapers and such.

It also appears that there are two areas whereas the snipe (description of photo) has been taken off. This photo was probably originally made in the USA and had a snipe on the left and another, probably from another country (pictures were sometimes used and then sent to other publications for printing) and has been taken off.

The photo is still a classic and shows Marilyn at her best with her holding on to netting on the towards the back, her face the classic open mouth smile that was one of her trademarks and the one piece bathing suit. She is, in addition, showing off her great legs with high-heeled sexy shoes.  Frank Powolny took the photo.  He took many iconic photos of the star.

I am selling off my large collection of vintage press photographs. I have many great collectible pieces, many come from several locations around the world and some have traveled to be published in many different magazines, hence the various snipes on back and the printed stamps on back as well.

I have researched how they cost or whereabouts the prices range on the internet for professional photos of this type. I have researched anywhere from Ebay to Artnet for pricing. However, in some cases I have lowered the price for collectors.

I am asking $1,500.00 or best offer for this.

I hope to give these photos to collectors and not dealers. I have tried to work with dealers and they just want pennies on the dollar for my great collection.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me. I guarantee that these are original photographs. I explain as much as possible about each one. If you are not completely satisfied with any photo you can return it within 2 weeks. Other than that, I cannot give refunds. By that time you should know if you want to keep the photo or not. I can also give a refunds if the item is not completely as described. However, I do my utmost best to describe the photos completely.

I take several types of payment: checks (a weeks wait for clearing before sending), money orders, cashiers checks, paypal (do not send to the email listed here--I will provide the one I use) and just about any other type of payment.

Thanks for taking the time to consider my photographs.



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

John Engstead: A Total Professional with Celebrities and More

John Engstead was born on September 22, 1909 (some say 1912) in Los Angeles, California.  Engstead began his career in 1926, when he was hired as an office boy by Paramount Pictures' head of studio publicity, Harold Harley.

In 1927, Engstead pleased his boss by arranging a photo session for actress Clara Bow with photographer Otto Dyer using an outdoor garden setting which was unusual at that time. The resulting photographs hailed Harley as "Clara Bow's best sitting."

In 1928, in response to fan magazine requests, Engstead appointed Paramount magazine contact that he wear a suit and tie every day.

Engstead's creative direction of photographs of actress Louise Brooks led to a promotion to art supervisor, where he oversaw the production of Paramount's publicity stills.

In 1932, due to a strike by photographers, Engstead assumed the position of studio portrait photographer, despite having never previously photographed anyone. Actor Cary Grant posed for his practice shots. He returned to his job as art supervisor after the strike was resolved.

In 1941, Paramount Pictures fired Engstead, and Harper's Bazaar hired him for freelance advertising and portrait photography assignments. From 1941 to 1949, he took fashion photography assignments from numerous other magazines, including Collier's, Esquire, House Beautiful, Ladies Home Journal, Life, Look, Mademoiselle, McCall's, Vogue, and Women's Home Companion.

In the 1940s, Engstead photographed many celebrities, including Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Maureen O'Hara and Shirley Temple. Unlike other photographers, he often shot his subjects at home or outdoors, and his portraits of a young Judy Garland in Carmel, California were particularly successful. During this decade, he built a studio in Los Angeles that became a gathering place for celebrities.

He remembered the stars well.  Marlene Dietrich, to whom he later became her official photographer for her celebrated one-woman show, recalled that for her last film with von Sternberg, Paramount's "The Devil is a Woman" (1935), the designer Travis Baton and Dietrich produced an enormous Spanish comb which supported a large mantilla.  The comb was anchored to Dietrich's head with wire cutters, and "Marlen fell forward, arms and head resting on her dressing table, exhausted from pain.  When she came up, tears were running down her face."

Another was Gary Cooper.  Engstead supervised Cooper's sessions when they were both at Paramount and he photographed him a great deal in later years, he had this revealing insight on Cooper:  "Cooper knew more about how to be photographed than any other man I know.  The way he handled his face and his six-toot-three-inch frame led me to surmise that he must have done considerable homework.... He moved with the grace of a panther.  I don't think he either liked or disliked photographic sessions, but he endured them because he realized that they were part of his business... One thing that made it easy for Cooper to make stills was his appreciation that cameras photograph the mind.... Cooper carried this professionalism to the care of his body, which he kept in top physical condition until his last illness."

Carole Lombard, who bought most of her clothes with the still camera in mind, was a photographer's delight.  She approached each sitting with almost as much care as a screen role. She would meet with the photographer perhaps a week before each session to discuss the type of photographs that would be taken, te backgrounds, the wardrobe she should get for it.  In her eight years at Paramount the studio released more than seventeen hundred portraits of her--and this does not include all the other types of stills and portraits taken when she was on loan-out to other studios.   Engstead, who adored Lombard and loved working with her, praised her contribution to the success of her portraits:  "Carole always gave her complete cooperation.  she loved good photographs--knew about lighting and how to pose--and had no inhibitions about being photographed, so it was possible to shoot her any way you wanted and she gave all the time it needed."

He also photographed an up and coming star named Sharon Tate.  His photographs of her are timeless and he says: "She was a sweet girl.  I hated how she died."

From 1942 to 1954, he photographed celebrity clients outdoors and at home, an innovation in fashion photography.  Then he  photographed the annual spring and fall collections for Adrian.

From 1959 to 1970, he continued commercial work and society portraiture. 

Engstead continued to photograph movie stars and other celebrities through the 1950s (Marilyn Monroe) and 1960s. He produced promotional material for many television personalities, including Pat Boone, Carmel Quinn, Donna Reed, Ozzie and Harriet, Eve Arden, and Lucille Ball. He also shot cover photos for albums recorded by singers such as Peggy Lee and Connie Francis.. His work extended into governmental figures in the 1950s, including then-Second Lady Pat Nixon. Engstead closed his studio in 1970 but continued to accept special portrait and television assignments until his death on April 15, 1984 at age 72 in West Hollywood, California.

Engstead's images are represented by the Motion Picture and Television Photo Archive and can be viewed by the public at MPTV.net.  Also, he is listed in books such as Star Shots, Masters of Starlight and The Art of the Great Hollywood Portrait Photograghers by Kobal.

Ingrid Bergman

Natalie Wood

Marilyn Monroe

Carole Lombard

Audrey Hepburn

Cary Grant

Hedy Lamarr

 Gary Cooper
 
 
Marlene Dietrich

Sharon Tate

Elizabeth Taylor