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Hollywood Heavyweight – Joan Crawford!

Joan Crawford (March 23, ca. 1904 – May 10, 1977), born Lucille Fay LeSueur, in San Antonio, Texas.

Lucille LeSueur’s parents separated before she was born. By age 16 she had three different stepfathers, one of whom (a vaudeville theater manager) had given her the name Billie Cassin. By 1915 she, her brother Hal and their mother lived in Kansas City, and Billie worked in a laundry with her mother and also as a menial to pay school tuition. Winning an amateur dance contest in 1923 led to chorus work in Chicago, Detroit and New York. On New Year’s Day of 1925 she left for Hollywood. Before her second picture, a Photoplay contest led to the name Joan Crawford. With Our Dancing Daughters (1928) she became a star. She had a string of successes playing socialites or rags-to-riches shop girls, most notably as Crystal Allen in The Women (1939). She stayed with MGM for 18 years, signing with Warners in 1943. Mildred Pierce (1945) was a defining role and won her an Oscar.  All of these movies I have seen and are definitely some of her best work!! I’m a huge fan of Joan’s early work and look so I hope you enjoy this little collection. 🙂

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Interesting Photo NYC c. 1900 Street Cleaner


Getting a clear view of the past

It never ceases to amaze me the clarity of many of the wonderful pictures being scanned in and distributed online for all to see.  It really gives you the opportunity to see how life was lived from day to day, outside of the usual posed for pictures.

Here is a gem I found of the lower East side of New York 1908:

Delancey Street

You can find a whole new collection recently added to the New York department of records website here: http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/browseByCategory 

All of the pictures in this post are in New York.  I know I tend to be partial to Southern California as that is where I am from and still live today.  When I look at old pictures I try to take it all in, the architectures, the fashions, the cars or lack there of, the mentality or mind states of everyone, the conditions of the city.  It is amazing how far we have come in really a short amount of time.