SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Social Shorpy

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2018 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

New Flame: 1949

New Flame: 1949

1949. "University of Michigan fraternity party." Brothers and sisters and a cozy fire. Photos by Stanley Kubrick for Look magazine. View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5

In the vernacular of the day

Nice Dagmars.

Family Resemblance

My mother was in college in Michigan then, and, rather distractingly, the woman in the photo looks a lot like she does in photographs from that time. Mom and the lady in the photo definitely had the same coloration, hairdo, and wardrobe. However, mom wouldn't very likely have been at any high-falutin' University of Michigan frat party, as she was a city girl attending Wayne University (today Wayne State U.) about 40 miles away in Detroit.

And perhaps I just have Mom on my mind, since today is her 84th birthday.


Not sure if these kids were really any better behaved than the kids these days, but they sure dressed better.

Amazing photography

Certainly far from a snapshot. There is fantastic lighting used here. There are many light sources used and the placement of the subjects were masterly done.

He's got the cigarette

but she's absolutely smokin'!
I guess she's about 83 or so by now. What a hottie!

Role reversal

Philippe Mather's recently-published book on this phase of Kubrick's career ("Stanley Kubrick at Look Magazine: Authorship and Genre in Photojournalism and Film") indicates that it depicts an informal party at the Theta Xi frat house, where co-ed "Pat Crotty lights Buzz Durant's cigaret [sic]." Apparently the human interest angle was that men usually did this for women, not vice versa.
That house is just up the hill from the spot where I disembarked from a city bus every weekday morning en route to law school.

Hugh Hefner

comes to mind and refuses to leave. He was 23 at this time and just 4 years away from issue #1.

Sweater Girl

The tortures through which women's breasts were put by the dictates of glamour in those days continue to astound. She's clearly wearing a "circle stitch" bra. I was a young adult before I discovered it is possible to dance with a young woman and not suffer injury to one's sternum.

Party of six

This was a pretty sparse and intimate gathering for a "frat party" but today's standards are a world away. Still, if you ask me (and nobody did ask me) I'd say it was a 'make-out and smokin' party' (no food and no drinks) Of course with Kubrick directing, the whole picture could have been staged for the magazine as his creativity could not be stifled.

She Gives

Great flame. Peggy Lee would approve.

High School Confidential

First thing I thought of was this shot my brother took in May 1955 at a party with his high school friends. Unfortunately, he was no Kubrick technique-wise, but it captures the feel, I think. Plus we have goose-neck bullet lamps.

Fast forward 50 years

Remove most clothes and add loud modernist classical music, and you've got "Eyes Wide Shut."

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2018 Shorpy Inc.