Monday, June 4, 2012

Stars in living color

What color ... what style ... what pizzazz! If you're in DC this summer, hot foot it over to the National Portrait Gallery, part of the Smithsonian Institution. On exhibit until September are these and 20 more "tri-color carbro" magazine images by Harry Warnecke done for the New York Daily News in the 1940s. At right, Louis Armstrong; below: Lucille Ball, Dale Evans, and Irene Dunne.
Did that hairdo really need to be topped by a clashing-color hot mess of a headpiece AND a veil? Lucy, we love you anyway.
I so wanted to be Dale Evans when I grew up.
Now this was a time when a movie star never stepped out without an outfit to die for!

15 comments:

  1. These are awesome, where can I find more photo's like the ones above?

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  2. Google Warnecke and National Portrait Gallery and you'll see some articles with slide shows.

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  3. Though I'm not a fan of yellow, I'm definitely coveting Irene Dunn's jacket. These are fabulous.

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  4. Oh Satchmo, such an iconic bandleader.

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    1. We have a great CD coming up soon -- his last appearance, at the National Press Club. He sounds fantastic.

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    2. Awesome! I won't miss it.

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  5. Not sure why, and maybe I should try to uncover the reason inside myself, but I'm noticing that the three ladies pictured in your post have frighteningly long and pointy fingernails. Did this detail not come across as vividly through black&white photography? Who knows, but time for some soul-searching!! Hope to be back soon!

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    1. Now that you 'point' it out, I do see -- thanks & yes, come back soon!

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  6. I have spent hours on end in the National Portrait on a saturday!! It was so great! I love photography!

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  7. Lucille Ball is beautiful on black and white or color. That is all. (All of the pictures are fantastic though)

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    1. Yes, her beauty shines through always (I used to try to figure out what she did to make her hair look the way it did on I Love Lucy). Remember the episode when she and Ethel played glamour girls?

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    2. Baron von MugenhausenJune 6, 2012 at 12:23 AM

      The Baron does Not Recall such an Episode. Perhaps he was wildly stuffing his cheeks with Cheetos for the winter, or practicing his stilted, awkward, affected writing in the always-irritating third person. What I saw the other night, avec ma famille (sp), was one where the ladies want to learn golf! So the boys, foolishly feeling threatened, schemed to discourage them from playing. Thus Fred and Ricky "teach" some outlandish rituals to their eager acolyte [side note; Lucille Ball was Gorgeous in the Marx Brothers movie, Room Service[?]). Sure enough they soak up the pseudo-instruction, then head out to play the next day -- and get paired with touring pro Jimmy Demarest... he is astonished as he witnesses their novel pre-shot rituals, then learns the truth (as do Lucy and Ethel). The next day, who gets paired with Jimmy Demarest? Fred and Ricky, with Lucy and Ethel on the bags... and when Jimmy first steps up to hit, well, Hilarity Ensues!!!
      Your plucky, irreverent sidekick slated for any one of a number of promising mid-season sitcom replacements now coalescing for the CW...
      Baron von Mugenhausen
      P.S. Props to you, JP, from the Baron and his youngest Babe (belatedly) for the 30 March posting....

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  8. JP- what appealed to you about Dale Evans that caused her to be a role model to you? I have not had the supposed good fortune to ever have watched her on the silver screen.

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  9. Baron von MugenhausenJune 7, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Dear Anonymous and JP,

    I, too, have not heard the good fortune of espying Ms Evans on TV in either my birthplace of indeterminate foreign origin or now here in the US of A. Fortunately, while assaying the many attributes of these "take-away" quick preparation restaurants, I learned that Mrs. Roy Rogers herself selected certain of the menu items at her husband's eponymous eatery, so I guess I can take no small amount of consolation in her masterful "Double R Burger'....also the local Roy's I favor has a gumball machine, and if you get a certain color gumball, you get a free Sunday, So sure 'nuff, 17 quarters later, i won once (back in 2002)and went back to the barkeep, er, server, and adopting the "Roman" argot, asked, "I reckon I couldn't get me another Double R Burger in lieu o' the sundae? "

    Then I paused for melodramatic effect, before continuing.

    "After all, I think Ms. Dale Evans would approve."

    Baron Von Mugenhausen

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