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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Marilyn: 1921

Marilyn: 1921

New York circa 1921. "Miller." Stage actress Marilyn Miller in the driver's seat. 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Colorized version of Marilyn

I couldn't resist. Here is the small view. Hopefully the larger version will be here soon.

Very famous gal in her day

MM had quite the life; lots of successes, marriages and divorces (no kids) and an early death at 37; too sadly typical for Hollywood starlets.

[It was sinus surgery that did her in. - Dave]

Contrasts

There is something so engaging about this photograph. The dark background, contrasting with every pintuck and frill on her collar and cuffs, the slight untidiness of her hair as a breeze lifted it - action arrested, a Real Person doing Real Things. (Well, pretending to, at least.) I love how huge those steering wheels were.

Amazing "print" quality

Kudos on such stunning tonal reproduction. I'm certain there was never a paper print made from that piece of film which had such superb detail and such full dynamic range gradation. Wow.

[Strictly speaking, there's no film here. This is a glass plate. - Dave]

 
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