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.
October 23
1935—Four Gangsters Gunned Down in New Jersey
In Newark, New Jersey, the organized crime figures Dutch Schultz, Abe Landau, Otto Berman, and Bernard "Lulu" Rosencrantz are fatally shot at the Palace Chophouse restaurant. Schultz, who was the target, lingers in the hospital for about a day before dying. The killings are committed by a group of professional gunmen known as Murder, Inc., and the event becomes known as the Chophouse Massacre.
1950—Al Jolson Dies
Vaudeville and screen performer Al Jolson dies of a heart attack in San Francisco after a trip to Korea to entertain troops causes lung problems. Jolson is best known for his film The Jazz Singer, and for his performances in blackface make-up, which were not considered offensive at the time, but have now come to be seen as a form of racial bigotry.
October 22
1926—Houdini Fatally Punched in Stomach
After a performance in Montreal, Hungarian-born magician and escape artist Harry Houdini is approached by a university student named J. Gordon Whitehead, who asks if it is true that Houdini can endure any blow to the stomach. Before Houdini is ready Whitehead strikes him several times, causing internal injuries that lead to the magician's death.
October 21
1973—Kidnappers Cut Off Getty's Ear
After holding Jean Paul Getty III for more than three months, kidnappers cut off his ear and mail it to a newspaper in Rome. Because of a postal strike it doesn't arrive until November 8. Along with the ear is a lock of hair and ransom note that says: "This is Paul’s ear. If we don’t get some money within 10 days, then the other ear will arrive. In other words, he will arrive in little bits." Getty's grandfather, billionaire oilman Jean Paul Getty, at first refused to pay the 3.2 million dollar ransom, then negotiated it down to 2.8 million, and finally agreed to pay as long as his grandson repaid the sum at 4% interest.
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