SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
9000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Support Shorpy

Shorpy is funded by you. Help by purchasing a print or contributing. Learn more.

Social Shorpy


Join our mailing list (enter email):

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.

© 2019 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

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

George and Gracie: 1955

George and Gracie: 1955

Los Angeles, 1955. "Comedians George Burns and Gracie Allen." Color trans­parency for the Look magazine assignment "Fall TV Preview." View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5
To stay online without a paywall or a lot of pop-up ads, Shorpy needs your help. (Our server rental alone is $3,000 a year.) You can contribute by becoming a Patron, or by purchasing a print from the Shorpy Archive. Or both! Read more about our 2019 pledge drive here. Our last word on the subject is: Thanks!

George on Mary

GarandFan's comment reminds me of a line I read in one of George's many autobiographies. Paraphrased, it went:

"They say you're not supposed to speak ill of the dead.
God, I wish Mary Livingstone was still alive."

Sharp-Dressed Man

George Burns was always a snappy dresser, even by today's standards - beautiful, classy suits and ties. I would love to be able to dress like he did (does Tavelman's even exist anymore?).

Looking Ahead

Who'd have predicted he'd have another 41 years of entertaining ahead of him? She, lamentably, did not, dying a mere 9 years hence.

She'd doubtless have been proud of the way he soldiered on after her passing, but I cannot help but wonder: did she get the new car?

Gracie & Mary

Mary Livingstone went to Gracie's for tea one afternoon. The maid brought in a beautiful and ornate tea service. As Mary was admiring it, Gracie said "George got it for me after he went to Chicago on a business trip. He had a brief affair and felt so guilty that he purchased this tea service for me." Mary was aghast that Gracie would mention such private information. There was a long pause in the conversation, then Gracie said, "I hope George goes back to Chicago this year. I could really use a new car."

SHORPY OLD 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 | © 2019 Shorpy Inc.