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Vintage photos of:
Ms. Reynolds, who held her own at 19 dancing with Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain," died one day after her daughter, the actress Carrie Fisher. -- New York Times
May 1954. "Debbie Reynolds with Jane Powell in dance scene from the MGM musical Athena." Kodachrome by Maurice Terrell for the Look magazine assignment "Behind the Scenes -- A Day With the Stars." View full size.
"Boy on bicycle ca. 1895-1916" is the improvised title of this 5x7 dry plate from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C., whose legacy is a collection of some 30,000 glass negatives recently digitized and catalogued by the Library of Congress after spending the better part of a century in "a succession of basements and farm buildings." View full size.
On State Street, that great street, I just want to say
They do things they don't do on Broadway.
They have a time, the time of their life --
I saw a man who danced with his wife
In Chicago, Chicago my hometown.
Chicago circa 1912. "The busy crowd on State Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
I have no idea of the relationship between these three, but they look straight out of a Hollywood gangster film, or maybe everyone back then looked like they were in a gangster film. From a box of found Kodachrome slides. View full size.