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June Hudson and Friends

June Hudson 1979

June Hudson is probably best known as the principle costume designer during the latter part of Tom Baker’s run in Doctor Who, but she has dome much more, and still designs for the screen, as well as teaching.

This photo is from 1979 and, given that Baker and Lalla Ward are wearing their costumes from “Destiny of the Daleks” (and there’s a Movellan in the picture), and that the setting seems to be London, it was likely taken around the time of the studio taping of that story, in July.

 

June Hudson 1979

Original B&W photo.

Night of the Living Dead

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Duane Jones just makes it into this scene from the 1968 horror movie, “Night of the Living Dead”. He was the first African-American actor to portray the hero in a horror film. He is joined here by his costars Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman and Keith Wayne.

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Screencap kindly supplied by johnxgin3.com, who also directed me to some colour reference photos here.

Novelty Vending Machines

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Since smoking was banned in pubs, I haven’t seen any cigarette vending machines, but even before the ban, I never saw one like these from around 1930 that dispensed single cigarettes already lit. I don’t think they took off. They were probably too louche even for the 1930s.

 

 

whisky machine

Another decade that was supposedly debauched, and another vending machine that didn’t last long. This one dispensed whisky, with water or soda if required. The photo is from the second Automatic Vending Exhibition in London, in 1960.

 

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Original B&W photos.

Godzilla

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A scene from the 1954 Japanese science fiction kaiju (monster) film “Godzilla”.

 

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Screencap kindly supplied by johnxgin3.com

 

 

 

Moa Hunt

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Not a real moa, unfortunately, as moas probably died out early in the fifteenth century, though there have been claims of sightings since, unverified.

This is an early 20th century reconstruction of a moa hunt, in the Dunedin Public Gardens, New Zealand.

The reconstruction was the work of Augustus Hamilton, registrar at the Otago Museum at the time. He persuaded Peter Buck, Hēmi Papakura and Tūtere Wī Repa to pose as the hunters, then took this photo, which was reproduced at the 1906–7 Christchurch International Exhibition.

There was one mistake with the reconstruction. An analysis of moa vertebral articulation suggests that they probably carried their heads forward, more like a chicken than an ostrich.

 

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Original B&W photo.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Into Thin Air

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A scene from an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents called “Into Thin Air” from 1955 with, from left to right, Patricia Hitchcock (daughter of Alfred), Mary Forbes and Maurice Marsac.

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Original B&W photo.

Marc Bolan

Mark Feld

Marc Feld in 1965, when he was 18, around the time he changed his name, first to Toby Tyler, then Marc Bolan.

 

Mark Feld

Original B&W photo.

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