Thursday, July 19, 2018

Who the Heck Are These People?

One of the very few positive results of newspapers dying out, is having their photo archives made available to the public.  You will see a number of photos of Bob with President Eisenhower and at political events, plus the occasional celebrity out-and-about type of photo.  Unfortunately, not all those photos have much information re the subject.  Of the photo below, I know Bob and Buffy are pictured and the date stamp on the back is for 8-15-1952.  As to where they are or who the other two people are, one can only guess. 

It would make sense that they are shown arriving in NYC, their primary residence in 1952.  They seem to be overly dressed for a New York summer, but they may have departed from a colder part of the world (doesn't exactly narrow the field much), thus Bob and Buffy would have their heavy coats with them.  Well, I'm sure Buffy would have wanted to keep a close eye on her mink anyway! 

There is the possibility that the young lady is Buffy's daughter, just do not know much about Anne except that she would be in that age category.  The man ... just do not have a clue.  Ann does not marry until 1955 and I doubt Buffy would allow her to travel with a male companion.  Besides, he's walking a step or two behind the others.  Maybe he's the family accountant meeting them at the airport with a financial update.

Did you notice the long white strips primarily running down the airplane's tail?  Those are caused by dimpling in the photo.  Moisture is no friend of the photograph.  They show up this way when the photo is scanned, which is how I keep track of my photos.  The white lines do not show up when the photo is photographed instead.  Most vendors on eBay photograph their photos for sale, makes for a much "nicer" copy.  Just something to keep in mind when purchasing photos from online.  A good vendor will point out  problems like this.  There are always those bothersome exceptions - like the outfit that sold me this photo!!!!  

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Thinking of Summering in Labrador

The average annual temperatures in Makkovik, Labrador:  High 37 and Low 22.  I'm booking a flight tomorrow. 

Meanwhile, at the MGM studios in Los Angeles in 1936, the temperature under the massive lights of the set is soaring.  And Bob and Myrna are dressed like Labradorian natives, drowning in sweat no doubt.  Check out Bob's hair in the photos below.  In all that heat, his hair is a match for his fur collar. 

The photo is a publicity shot for Petticoat Fever (1936), with Bob in the lead role of Dascom Dinsmore.  Fun movie.  Great stage name. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

At Least I Made it to July Before "B-------" About the Weather!

Yes, this is a repeat photo.  BUT....I get headaches when the temperature exceeds 103.  Have had a doozy today.  The weather report has Bakersfield in the 100s at least the next 10 days.  Ugly.

Still haven't figured out how he made that splash.  It is somewhat similar to the waves I set off when I launch my Poolmaster chaise lounge, but I would rather not share that photo ...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The More Correct Name for a Tux ... the Bob!

                                  Bob in a tux ... perfection.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

A Belated (July 1st) Happy Birthday to Madge!

 Madge Evans made five movies with Bob, they were simply a great couple up there on the big screen.  Lovers Courageous (1932) was their first movie, which appears to have produced the most stills of the two as the young lovers.  Clarence S. Bull took the photos.  He did a great job, but, then, he did have two great subjects with which to work. 

Just love this one, the way Madge (Mary) is holding Bob (Willie) and looking adoringly into his eyes.  Sigh.  Lucky lady!