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Full Nelson: 1953

Full Nelson: 1953

January 1953. "Ozzie, Harriet, David, and Ricky Nelson of television show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," a sitcom that ran from 1952 to 1966. Color transparency by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.


Not yet the teen heartthrob

Either this was taken before Ricky discovered Clearasil, invented several years before, or he slid into home on his face in his last Little League game.

Now that nearly every picture is Photoshopped in some way, it's a bit of a shock to see a public figure displaying such a natural look in a national publication.

[The transparency was probably retouched before it was published. - Dave]

Ricky Nelson

A little accident with the bicycle or playing football?

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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