Femmes Fatales Aug 12 2016
DRINKING GAME
I do a very good Champagne imitation. I even use my fingers to tickle your nose.

The above photo, a nice double exposure with a holiday feel, was created by famed Hollywood lensman Wallace Seawell, who shot many of the most famous stars of the mid-century period but here focused his efforts on an obscure showgirl named Alycia Lewis. We don't have anything on her, which is no surprise—many photo sessions were one-offs featuring women who never appeared in movies or television shows, where their credits would survive. We even checked the Internet Broadway Database. No trace of her. Whoever Lewis was, she left behind an amazing image. It was made sometime during the early 1960s.

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Intl. Notebook Aug 24 2013
DORS TO DORS
Black and white in color.

The interesting item above is a Technicolor pin-up photo of British actress Diana Dors in a silver bathing suit. Like cinema Technicolor, photo Technicolor involved creating vivid color images from what was essentially black and white film stock by combining three separate strips of exposed film tinted with special dyes. The result of the process was a super-saturated image such as above. This particular shot is from famed American photographer Wallace Seawell, and at the top is a blank strip where purchasers of the photo could insert advertising. Other images from this silver bathing suit session, also by Seawell, exist in both black and white and Technicolor, and we’ve shared some of those below. And best of all, we have a few dozen more Technicolor pin-ups that we’ll be putting up occasionally. Basically, we’re hoping these can serve as replacements our beloved Goodtime Weekly Calendar shots. You remember those, right? These images are all from 1964.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
April 22
1912—Pravda Is Founded
The newspaper Pravda, or Truth, known as the voice of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, begins publication in Saint Petersburg. It is one of the country's leading newspapers until 1991, when it is closed down by decree of then-President Boris Yeltsin. A number of other Pravdas appear afterward, including an internet site and a tabloid.
1983—Hitler's Diaries Found
The German magazine Der Stern claims that Adolf Hitler's diaries had been found in wreckage in East Germany. The magazine had paid 10 million German marks for the sixty small books, plus a volume about Rudolf Hess's flight to the United Kingdom, covering the period from 1932 to 1945. But the diaries are subsequently revealed to be fakes written by Konrad Kujau, a notorious Stuttgart forger. Both he and Stern journalist Gerd Heidemann go to trial in 1985 and are each sentenced to 42 months in prison.
April 21
1918—The Red Baron Is Shot Down
German WWI fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, better known as The Red Baron, sustains a fatal wound while flying over Vaux sur Somme in France. Von Richthofen, shot through the heart, manages a hasty emergency landing before dying in the cockpit of his plane. His last word, according to one witness, is "Kaputt." The Red Baron was the most successful flying ace during the war, having shot down at least 80 enemy airplanes.
1964—Satellite Spreads Radioactivity
An American-made Transit satellite, which had been designed to track submarines, fails to reach orbit after launch and disperses its highly radioactive two pound plutonium power source over a wide area as it breaks up re-entering the atmosphere.
April 20
1939—Holiday Records Strange Fruit
American blues and jazz singer Billie Holiday records "Strange Fruit", which is considered to be the first civil rights song. It began as a poem written by Abel Meeropol, which he later set to music and performed live with his wife Laura Duncan. The song became a Holiday standard immediately after she recorded it, and it remains one of the most highly regarded pieces of music in American history.
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