Femmes Fatales Dec 18 2021
THE PRINCESS OF PERSIA
I really want these photos to help me connect with the commoners in my country. How am I doing?


This elegant photo shows Fatimeh Pahlavi, the Princess of Iran, half sister of the Shah of Iran, shot by famed lensman Wallace Seawell. The princess looks every bit the femme fatale here, and as was common with women of her status and era, her life has many points of note. A few: she owned a bowling club, learned to fly a helicopter, amassed about $500 million through means said to be not fully ethical, and was ostracized by the Shah for marrying an American, though he had converted to Islam. This photo was made around the time of that marriage, circa 1948.

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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.
March 02
1933—King Kong Opens
The first version of King Kong, starring Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong and Fay Wray, and with the giant ape Kong brought to life with stop-action photography, opens at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The film goes on to play worldwide to good reviews and huge crowds, and spawns numerous sequels and reworkings over the next eighty years.
1949—James Gallagher Completes Round-the-World Flight
Captain James Gallagher and a crew of fourteen land their B-50 Superfortress named Lucky Lady II in Fort Worth, Texas, thus completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight. The entire trip from takeoff to touchdown took ninety-four hours and one minute.
1953—Oscars Are Shown on Television
The 26th Academy Awards are broadcast on television by NBC, the first time the awards have been shown on television. Audiences watch live as From Here to Eternity wins for Best Picture, and William Holden and Audrey Hepburn earn statues in the best acting categories for Stalag 17 and Roman Holiday.
March 01
1912—First Parachute Jump Takes Place
Albert Berry jumps from a biplane traveling at 1,500 feet and lands by parachute at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. The 36 foot diameter chute was contained in a metal canister attached to the underside of the plane, and when Berry dropped from the plane his weight pulled the canopy from the canister. Rather than being secured into the chute by a harness, Berry was seated on a trapeze bar. It's possible he was only the second man to accomplish a parachute landing, as there are some accounts of someone accomplishing the feat in California several months earlier.
1932—Lindbergh Baby Is Kidnapped
The twenty-month-old son of aviator Charles Lindbergh, Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, is kidnapped from the family home in East Amwell, New Jersey. Over two months later the toddler's body is discovered in woods a short distance from the home. A medical examination determines that he had died of a massive skull fracture. A German carpenter named Bruno Hauptmann is arrested, tried, and convicted for the crime. He is sentenced to death and executed in April 1936.
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