Angel trumpeters announcing the new shell of the Hollywood Bowl, 1929. (Huntington Library)
Miss. Blondell has a way about her that is fascinating because she can spout off the most obvious lines without making them the least bit obvious. It’s her knack- and a good one.
-Columnist, Jimmy Starr on Joan Blondell
Original poster for the 1928 play The Threepenny Opera, composed by Brecht/Weill.
Swastika costumes before the Nazis - American children celebrating Halloween, 1918. The swastika here was probably a good luck symbol; it wasn’t used by the Nazis until a few years later. Especially weird that it’s part of a witches’ costume, and I would love to know why.
Helen Wills-Betty Nuthall match at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, New York (undated)
Rudolph Valentino breaks the fourth wall—and my heart. From a humorous short subject, “The Sheik’s Physique.”