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Douglas Fairbanks ….

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Douglas Fairbanks Grave  _ RTP _ 29 Jan 15 _ SFW

Here lies the resting place of one of America’s most famous swashbucklers … Douglas Fairbanks.  The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood and  too many more to mention.  This is a link to his Wikipedia site and you can read all about him here.  He died in 1939, so no telling how much this cost back then, but I am impressed and I have never been here!  I ran across more negatives from his trips out west and will be posting more in the near future.  If you want to share your Douglas Fairbanks memories, please feel free.  I love a good Fairbanks story as well as the next person … Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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January 29, 2015 at 9:40 am

Disneyland …

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This is ” Matterhorn Mountain ” in Disneyland and this photo was taken sometime around 1962 or so.  Disneyland in California is the only park that has this ride.  According to the Disneyland web site, it started out as a hill, but Walt Disney turned it into a 147 foot tall mountain thrill ride, after seeing the original Matterhorn while making a movie there in 1957.  The site says that this ride contains the first tubular steel roller coaster ride in the world.   There are photos of the mountain on the web site and it still looks today as it did when this photo was made.  I have been scanning a good number of negatives and slides that I have run across cleaning up recently, so I will have a lot to post in the next few months.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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March 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

Rodolfo Guglielmi Valentino …

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You knew him as Rudolf Valentino … this is where he is enshrined at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.  I have had this negative laying around for a while and could not decide if I should post it or not, but I just figured why not?  If it upsets anyone, I can always take it down.  I wish that I some type of interesting story to accompany this image … give me some time and I will come up with something.  Thanks for looking … Frank

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October 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm

LA Coliseum …

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This is the LA Coliseum back in the 1950’s.  It is hard to believe all of the historical events that this place has held … the first Super Bowl, political rallies, the Olympics and the list could go on and on …

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April 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

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Los Angeles in the 1950’s …

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Here are several photos my father made out in Los Angeles back in the 1950’s … the first two are of the Hollywood Bowl.  The image above is pretty much a straight image, except with the Photoshop work to clean it up.  The one below has been run through several filters to add contrast and to give it a distressed look, along with the Photoshop work.

I personally like the second one better.  It is hard to imagine all the people that have played here from Elton John to the Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra.  I am sure that it looks a lot different today than when these were made, some fifty years ago.  The photo below is some building in LA, I am thinking maybe a hospital, since that is where my father’s sister worked as a nurse.  If you know, please share it with us …

It is pretty obvious that I did some work on this image – the brown tone, a little texture screen was added and I burned in the corners in Photoshop.  Like I said earlier, I do not know what this building is, but I think that it could be a hospital in LA, maybe Cedars of Lebanon ( not sure of the exact name, but it is something along that line ).   I am waiting for Humphrey Bogart or some other screen star to walk into the frame.  As usual, all comments are welcomed … thanks again for looking.  I am going to make a better effort to post more often, since I have so many images that I have worked up.  One more thing – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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January 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm

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