Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Lucille Ball in a dress by Edith Head, 1949, photo by Laszlo Willinger
“Edie knew the truth about all of us. She knew who had flat fannies and who didn’t – but she never told.”
—Lucille Ball

James Nares
Damian, 2014
28 × 75 in
71.1 × 190.5 cm
Edition of 38


Rick McGinnis
Stanley Tucci, Toronto, Sept. 1996


Maud Lewis, Untitled (Lighthouse, Yarmouth County), c. 1965, Oil over graphite on pulpboard, 30.5 x 35.5 cm.


Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as The Great Wave, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei)
Artist: Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo))
Period: Edo period (1615–1868)
Date: ca. 1830–32
Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions: 10 1/8 x 14 15/16 in. (25.7 x 37.9 cm)


Stanley Kubrick giving directions to an assistant while Tracy Reed (as Miss Scott) is lying in bed at the phone on the set of his film ‘Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb’, 1963


Edward Hopper
Stairway At 48 Rue De Lille Paris
Date: 1906
Media: oil, panel
Dimensions: 23.5 x 33 cm
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY, US


1930 Pierce Arrow Model A


Poster for the Polish release of Raiders of the Lost Ark.


“I’ve always been interested in everything I did, or else I wouldn’t do it. When you’re that interested in anything, you’re happy.”
—Constance Bennett


First Patek Philippe Wristwatch (1868)
“In 1868, Patek Philippe began production of its first wristwatch: an ornate affair with a baguette-shaped, key-wound movement called Caliber 27368. It had a cylinder escapement and eight jewels. The watch’s case and bracelet were made of yellow gold. The dial was protected by a hinged cover adorned with large diamonds; more diamonds flanked both sides of the dial. In 1873, Patek Phillipe delivered the watch to the Countess Koscewicz of Hungary. The watch is now in the company’s museum.” Via Watchtime


Portrait of a Carthusian
Artist: Petrus Christus (Netherlandish, Baarle-Hertog (Baerle-Duc), active by 1444–died 1475/76 Bruges)
Date: 1446
Medium: Oil on wood
Dimensions: Overall 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (29.2 x 21.6 cm); painted surface 11 1/2 x 7 3/8 in. (29.2 x 18.7 cm)


Detail: To enhance the illusion, a fly rests momentarily upon a fictive frame. The “carved” inscription below functions as a signature and a declaration; the sitter looks directly at the viewer and boldly states, “Petrus Christus made me in the year 1446.” Via Met Museum


Maria Reachi in a fashion photo by Georges Dambier for ELLE, Yugoslavia, 1955


1911 Pierce Arrow Model 48 Touring – (Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company Buffalo, New York 1901-1938)


Poster for the Polish release of Casablanca.


“I saw the most frightening, most depressing sight I had ever seen – a row of stores with Stars of David and the word ‘Jude’ painted on them, and inside, behind half-empty counters, people in a daze, cringing like they didn’t know what hit them and didn’t know where the next blow would come from. Hitler had been in power only six months, and his boycott was already in full effect. I hadn’t been so wholly conscious of being a Jew since my bar mitzvah, and it was the first time since I’d had the measles that I was too sick to eat.”
—Harpo Marx, on his visit to Germany in 1933


The Saltonstall Family c.1636-7 
Artist: David Des Granges 1611 or 13–?1675
Oil on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2140 x 2762 mm
frame: 2483 x 3095 x 85 mm
The figure in the bed is the posthumous image of Sir Richard Saltonstall’s first wife, Elizabeth. She points to their two surviving children, Richard and Ann. The smaller child is Richard. Three years after Elizabeth’s death, Sir Richard took a second wife, Mary Parker, the beautifully dressed woman by the bed. The baby in her arms is the couple’s son Philip. The inclusion of Sir Richard’s first wife in the family portrait was common for the times, a way of documenting the family line.


Brigitte Bardot and the Eiffel Tower, by Georges Dambier, 1951


Poster for the Polish release of Rosemary’s Baby


Photo by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1943


Thomas-Flyer 6-70 Seven Passenger Touring Car


Fred Stein
Rabbi, Paris, 1934


Menorah-Engraved Stamp was used by Jewish bakers to identify their Kosher breads 1,500 years ago. Credit: Dr. Danny Syon, Israel Antiquities Authority.


Pinchas Tzvi wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and meaningful Shabbat.


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  1. Bill Brandt
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    Those Polish movie posters are beautiful! Forgot the reason we don’t see them here anymore (probably learned here, of course).

    On Pierce Arrows and a bit of arcane trivia: Phil Hill – world class racer, is responsible for a Concours being what we know them today. The story as I remember it is that prior to 1950 or so a Concours profiled a manufacturers new cars for the season.

    Phil had a Pierce Arrow in his family for many years (since new?) and he maintained it pretty much by himself. One year about that time he took it up to Pebble Beach to show – and from then on a concour became a show place for older cars.

    I read that in Road & Track I believe on the occasion of Phil’s death.

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  2. Michael Kennedy
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    My mother used to tell about the Pierce Arrow being the first car with headlights on the front fenders. She had a cousin who saw one coming at him at night and tried to go between what he thought was two other motorcycles. Not a good idea.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted June 23, 2017 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

      The headlights story is actually a very famous gag in a Buster Keaton film. I forget which one.

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      • Posted June 23, 2017 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

        It was “Hard Luck”, 1921. The movie is great. The headlight scene is about 4m21s in, but the whole movie is well worth watching. Keaton was awesome.

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        • Robert J. Avrech
          Posted June 30, 2017 at 12:19 am | Permalink

          Thanks so much for filling in the blank in my brain.

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      • Michael Kennedy
        Posted June 25, 2017 at 5:06 am | Permalink

        She probably got it from the movie. She used to tell us imaginative stories when we were kids. Usually involving some ancestor.

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