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Harvey

harvey

A publicity shot for the 1950 film “Harvey”, starring James Stewart. Here he is talking to a curiously visible Harvey, who is invisible in the film!

 

harvey

Original B&W photo.

Charles Manson

Charles Manson

This is the notorious Charles Manson in late 1934 or early 1935.

His mother, Kathleen Maddox, was unmarried at the time of his birth, and he was initially called “no name Maddox”, then “Charles Milles Maddox“.  Soon after he was born, his mother married a laborer named William Manson, and took his name.

 

Charles Manson

Original B&W photo.

Vincent Price

young vincent price
Vincent Leonard Price, Jr., on May 27, 1929, his 18th birthday.

young vincent price
Original sepia photo.

David Bowie

A couple of school photos of David Bowie, when he was still David Jones.

The first is from 1955.

david bowie 1955

The second is from 1961.

David Bowie 1961

In both of these photos, you might notice that both eyes are the same colour. About a year after the second picture was taken, he got into a fight with a school friend, George Underwood, over a girl. At first it was feared that Bowie would lose the sight in his left eye but, after a series of operations over four-months, he was left with faulty depth perception and a permanently dilated pupil, and one eye that appeared to have changed colour.

 

david bowie 1955 David Bowie 1961

Original B&W photos.

Claus von Stauffenberg

Claus von Stauffenberg

A teenaged Claus von Stauffenberg standing outside his castle at Jettingen-Scheppach. 

On the 20th of July 1944, at the age of 36, he planted a briefcase containing two small bombs in a briefing room at the Wolfsschanze (Wolf’s Lair) in an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

The attempt failed, and von Stauffenberg was executed at 1 a.m. the following morning.

Claus von Stauffenberg

Original B&W photo.

Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch, 1962
A 1962 photo of Elaine Stritch, who died today (17th of July) at the age of 89.

Elaine Stritch, 1962
Original B&W photo.

Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday, around 1855.

A giant of science, particularly in the the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry, he had a very basic education, attending a day school where he learned to read, write and count, but he was able to read a lot of books that would not normally be available to him while he was an apprentice bookbinder.

By the time of this photo, Faraday’s best work was behind him, but he continued to lecture, including to children, perhaps remembering his own humble beginnings.

The Christmas lectures at the Royal Institution were begun by Michael Faraday. That are now televised is also partly due to his work.

 

 

Michael Faraday

Original B&W photo.

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