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“You put your left foot in…”

19-01-1967 Cybermen

Publicity photos taken on January 19th 1967, to mark the return of the Cybermen in the Doctor Who story “The Moonbase”.

This story saw the uncredited debut of John Levine (later to play series regular Sergeant Benton), as a Cyberman, so it’s possible he’s in this picture.

19-01-1967 Cybermen
Original B&W photo.

Genesis of a Legend

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Tom Baker, for many the definitive Doctor, with Daleks at BBC Television Centre, in a publicity shot for his first season of Doctor Who, which included the story “Genesis of the Daleks”, around 1975.

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Original B&W photo.


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.


Lillie Langtry

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Actress Lillie Langtry, once a mistress of Edward VII (while still Prince of Wales),in 1885.

 

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Original sepia 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.


The Rolling Stones

The Stones outside 102 Edith Grove

One of the first professional photos of The Rolling Stones, taken by Philip Townsend, probably in 1963, after pianist Ian Stewart was removed from the regular line-up by manager  Andrew Loog Oldham. Oldham also, initially, dressed the band in uniform suits, some remnants of which can be seen here, before they gained a reputation as “bad boys”, a reputation promoted enthusiastically by Oldham.

The photo was taken in Edith Grove, where Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards shared a flat, at number 102.

 

The Stones outside 102 Edith Grove

Original B&W photo.


The Original Cybermen (1966)

 

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In between takes on “The Tenth Planet“, the first “Doctor Who” story to feature the Cybermen, make-up artists make adjustments to the costumes.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Daleks at Cannes

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Daleks on way to Cannes May 1965

Daleks used in the film “Doctor Who and the Daleks” being loaded up fror transport to the 1965 Cannes Film Festival.

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Daleks on way to Cannes May 1965

 

Original B&W photos.


Esther Williams

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Esther William, champion swimmer turned actress, in a publicity shot for the 1950 film “Pagan Love Song”.

Original B&W photo.


City Lights

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Charlie Chaplin with his costar Virginia Cherrill, in the 1931 film “City Lights”.
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Original B&W photo.


Tōru Ōhira, Voice Artist

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Tōru Ōhira, most famous in Japan for providing the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films, seen here dubbing the 1950s series “Adventures of Superman” into Japanese, voicing George Reeve as Superman/Clark Kent.

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Original B&W photo.


The Quatermass Xperiment

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Richard Wordsworth being transformed in a scene from the 1955 film “The Quatermass Xperiment”, an adaptation of the 1953 BBC television series, “The Quatermass Experiment”.

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Original B&W photo.


Mammy (1930)

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Al Jolsen, in what looks like a publicity shot for his 1930 film, “Mammy”.

 

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Original B&W photo.


John Steed RIP

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Patrick Macnee, who died yesterday (25th June 2015) at the age of 93, in quite an early publicity shot for the TV series “The Avengers, which ran from 1961 to 1969, with an additional two series, “The New Avengers” from 1976 to 1977.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Ellen Terry, Victorian Actress

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I had to check this photo thoroughly to convince myself it wasn’t modern. Despite some fading and damage, it looks more like a 1970s picture than a photograph taken in 1864.

The woman is actress Ellen Terry who would later be considered the leading Shakespearean and comic actress in Britain, for over 20 years.

This photo was taken by Julia Margaret Cameron.  Terry met her during her first marriage, making her about 17 in this picture. The marriage took place in February 1864, a week before Terry’s 17th birthday, and lasted 10 months.

 

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Original sepia photo.


The Incredible Shrinking Man

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Randy Stuart and Grant Williams in a scene from the 1957 film, “The Incredible Shrinking Man”

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Original B&W screencap.


Them!

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Onslow Stevens in a scene from the 1954 horror/sci-fi film “Them!”

 

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Original B&W screencap.


Patrick Troughton – Jobbing Actor

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“A promotional still of future second Doctor Who Patrick Troughton as he joins the BBC Drama Repertory Company in 1952.” (BBC archives)

Patrick Troughton radio

Original B&W photo.


Who Was Robin Hood

Children in Battersea Park watch Patrick Troughton act the part of Robin Hood

Patrick Troughton, later to become a household name in “Doctor Who“, seen here in a publicity shot for the 1953 BBC series of “Robin Hood“, accompanied by children in Battersea Park.

Almost 60 years later, Troughton’s grandson, Sam Troughton, played the role of Much in a new production of “Robin Hood“, again for the BBC.

 

Children in Battersea Park watch Patrick Troughton act the part of Robin Hood

Original B&W photo.