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

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Veronica "Rocky" Cooper: The Best Photographer of Husband Gary Cooper!

Veronica Balfe was born May 23, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York. 

In 1933, Cooper met twenty year old Veronica Balfe, known as Rocky to her friends.  A New York debutant socialite (with Park Avenue and Southampton addresses), her father, Harry Balfe, Jr., was the son of a wealthy industrialist and financier and she was the neice of Cedric Gibbons, the well known Hollywood art director at MGM (as well as the designer of the Oscar, the Academy Awards Statue), whose wife was the actress Dolores Del Rio.  In 1930 Rocky moved to Los Angles (with a chaperone, since she was only seventeen and had just abandoned her finishing school) to flirt with a movie career under the name Sandra Shaw.  By her own admission she wasn't the world's greatest actor, but she had a beaufiul face and gorgeous figure--not particularly unusual in Hollywood.  What was disarmingly unusual was her poise and intelligence, well-bred, elegant style, and being ironically, something of a tomboy.  She was a national skeet-shooting champion and loved swimming, skiing, and riding.  Cooper was immediately smitten and soon he and Rocky became something of an item in Beverly Hills society.  The year she met Cooper she'd been in Hollywood three years and had made three films.

Just six months after they met, Cooper asked her to marry him, and the wedding took place in New York on December 15, 1933.  Rocky maintained her own identity even though her husband was a celebrated movie star, and Cooper surprised the gossip columnists by leaving behind his party-going bachelor days quite happily.  Their only daughter, Maria, was born four years later.  Marriage and fatherhood did nothing to damage his image as the most elegant man in the movies, driving around Hollywood in his chartreuse Duesenberg convertible, aptly named "The Yellow Peril" because of his fast driving habit.

His daughter, Maria Cooper Janis says:

With her camera, my mother, Veronica Cooper documented the life of our family in the group of personal photograghs I've selected for this book (Cary Cooper: Enduring Style).  "Rocky" was a great shot and she kept many meticulous red-leather bound albums.  The pages were filled with festive events, and intimate and private moments with my father.  But she also set about preserving more adventursome memories of their skiing forays in Sun Valley and Aspen, shooting, riding, and their many trips around the world.  There are pictures of poeple well known to the public as well as family friends, interspersed with shots of my father taken by some of the  premier photographers of the day, along with a few pictures he took himself.

She passed away in February 16, 2000 in New York, New York of natural causes.

Here are some examples of her work:



 
With Grace Kelly

Elizabeth Taylor and Tony Curtis
 

Below are a few of Cooper with "Rocky":

 


 
With his family including Maria:
 
 
And the other part of his 'family', love of animals:
 
 
Here is Maria's celebratory book of her father:
 
I highly recommend it!  Thanks for shaing the memories, Maria!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Donald Biddle Keyes

Donald Biddle Keyes, a pioneer photographer and motion-picutre cameraman, started, out as a publicity phtotgrapher at the Ince Triagnle studis at Culver City (later MGM).  After World War I he moved to the Lasky studios, photographing such stars as Rudolph Valentino, Pola Negri, Gloria Swanson, and Wallace Reid, and taking stills on a number of their films.  He left the studio in 1922 and alternated between working as first cameraman and still photographer. 

The photographs he took of Ann Sheridan to promote 'Winter Carnival' (United Artists, 1932) appeared on the covers of seven national magazines, including Life, which also ran a story on Sheridan.

Paramount (then known as Famous Players-Lasky) was the first studio to set aside a permanent gallery for portrait photography.  Donald Biddle Keyes, who had been working as a stills photographer for the studio, suggested this consolidation to alleviate the increasing need of photographic services. By the mid-1920s, Paramount had a lively stills and portrait departement with dozens of employees.

MGM followed suit immediately after its creation in 1924.  At the end of the decade all major studios were handling stills and portraiture in-house.  The top portrait artists helped shaped his or her studio styles as much as any cinamatographer. 

The photography's gallery was used for advertising art--better known as poster art.  As soon as the players received their finished costumes, they were photographed against a plain or otherwise suitable background in scenes from the movie. The star gazing furtively over his or her shoulder on a large four-sheet Technicolor poster, fleeing from unseen enemies, probably struck this pose while sitting astride a beer barrel rigged up as some sort of animated rocking horese.  Stars oaccasionally had stand-ins to do their poster work, and their heads were superimposed later.  Posters for 'Wild Orchids' (MGM 1929) showing a bespangled Greta Garbo passionately entwined and a turbaned Nils Asther were actually made from photographs of Asther's stand-in holding Garbo's stand-in.  The impression of Garbo's face was taken with her from stills of a scene taken on the set or from a gallery session.

When space was allocated in a studio and the necessary lights and equipment were installed, the gallery was also used for portrait photography.  But this practice, begun around 1921 or 1922, did not become firmly established until 1925; and even by 1930 only Paramount, MGM, RKO, and a few other studios had allocated suitable spaces for galleries.  Most of the time, the photographer used standing stages or undisturbed corners of studio lots.  Shortly after Keyes set up his gallery at Famous Players-Lasky (Paramount now), Jack Freulich head still and portrait photographer for Universal, also got one going.

By the end of the decade of the 1920s, all major studios had their own galleries and to think, it had all started with a suggestion by Keyes.  One that would have a major impact on cinema for decades and more to come.

From 1945 until his retirement in 1954, Keyes was a contract photographer for Republic Pictures. 

Please be sure to read this online article as it has more detailed information on Keyes:

http://ladailymirror.com/2013/03/11/mary-mallory-hollywood-heights-donald-biddle-keyes-cameraman/

Here are some examples of his work:

Betty Bronson
 
Blanche Sweet 
 
 
 
Faith Bacon
 
Spectacle movie scene
 
Julia Faye
 
Jetta Goudal
 
Mary Miles Minter
 
Virginia Valli
 
Keyes most famous photo: Rudolph Valentino
 
Gloria Swanson 
 
 
 
Nita Naldi


 
The great William Powell



 
The back of one of his stills: