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Satchmo in Britain

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Louis Armstrong, near the end of his career, on a visit to West Yorkshire, England, in June 1968.

 

 

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Original B&W photo.


Marion Davies in “Show People”

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Marion Davies in a publicity photo for the 1928 film “Show People”.

 

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Marion Davies-1928-The Cardboard Lover

Original B&W photo.


Buster Keaton and Friends

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Buster Keaton and friends, sometime in the 1920s.

 

c. 1920s: Buster Keaton with Women in Swimsuits

c. 1920s: Buster Keaton with Women in Swimsuits

Original B&W photo.


William Gillette – The First Sherlock

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William Gillette, an American actor/manager, was the first actor to play Sherlock Holmes. He is seen here in a publicity shot for the 1899 play “Sherlock Holmes”, written by Gillette, with elements from several Conan Doyle stories.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Teenage Brian May

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16 year old Brian May, in 1963, with the new “Red Special” guitar he and his father made with wood from an 18th century fireplace.

 

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Original B&W photo.


More Dalekmania!

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Daleks from their second story, “Dalek Invasion of Earth”, outside the London Planetarium, 20th August 1964.

 

 

Outside the Planetarium, Baker Street 20 08 1964

Original B&W photo.


Lillian Russell

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Lillian Russell (1860 or 1861 – 1922), one of the most famous actresses of her time, appearing on stage and the big screen. Hers was the voice chosen, for publicity purposes, to be the first heard over long distance telephone.

 

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Original sepia photo.