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Anonymous: 1925

Anonymous: 1925

Sept. 20, 1925. "Man wearing a mask made by W.T. Benda." Our introduction to the creations of Polish-born artist and costume designer Wladyslaw Teodor Benda (1873-1948). 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

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Eye of the beholder

Stan Laurel, Randolph Scott, Anonymous...

I see a resemblance to Jack Palance.

Get over here kids!

Give your old Uncle Wladyslaw a big hug. Actually, W. T. was a very gifted and talented popular artist, costume designer, mask-maker and author, so he was no slouch. In his day he was much in demand for creating magazine covers, WW1 and WW2 war posters and illustrations for all types of books and wall art. His intricate hand-made masks, many of them papier-mache, are still sought out by collectors and are very rare and costly.

Proto-Stan

Two years before Stan Laurel perfected this look with fright wig hair.

Looks a little bit like

Randolph Scott.

They say the tie makes the man

So that polka-dot thing will surely make him a hit with the ladies.

Cravat

But creepy with a nice tie.

Familiar

We saw his family earlier.

Nightmares

Wow. That's not the least bit creepy.

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