More City stuff.   First, Radio City Music Hall.

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I found better renditions of some of this artwork, so I’ve replaced the poorer photocopies with clearer images.  Here is a drawing by Hugh Ferriss. “His rendering of the Hoover Dam is dramatic and abstract, in its depiction of the unusual geometry. If an alien race were to build in large, bold, opaque volumes, Ferriss would be able to capture the essence of those strange beings and their works.


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Another Ferriss rendering, this time of the Chicago Tribune Tower.


Another another Ferriss piece: The Chanin Building by Sloan&Robertson (1929) is a straightforward skyscraper modeled after the 1922 zoning laws.

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OK, there’s one more blog coming about City Reference.  Bye!



Photoplay Magazine – April 1930

Into the Wayback Machine! Here’s another wonderful Earl Christy portrait on the cover.

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Holy Christmas! Does this psychologist understand the Entertainment Business at all?!? The reason that “every conceivable obstacle is portrayed and solved, simply and successfully”is because a writer concocted that obstacle and that solution. It’s not how real life works!

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This month’s lovely photo – Lillian Gish.

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Lessons in writing (specifically, songwriting)!

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Another painful lesson in writing:

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Bad Ad Dept.

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 8.04.30 PM.png      Canoe-bial?!  Oh no you dint!

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 8.03.44 PM.png  “Odorono”?! Someone stayed up all night thinkin’ up THAT name.

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 8.05.35 PM.png Rusty spots?! What is she  – the Tin Man’s wife? Also, I have a sneaking suspicion  that someone dotted the “before” picture with a pencil. What say you?

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 7.31.02 PM.png Is it just my filthy mind, or is this toothpaste ad advocating masturbation?

And this is my favorite. “Getting fat will make you unattractive. Get lung cancer instead!”

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New Hollywood Faces! (It’s elementary – he’ll never last.)

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Check it out. See the resemblance?!

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To close, here’s an insider joke. Seems they’ve been making fun of studio execs for 86 years!

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More City reference… the stuff that inspired Cape Suzette. (I would live in any one of these sets!)

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The coolest corridor EVER. City Ref 2017-09-22-0014.jpg

Terry Gilliam once used it as a background in one of his wacky animations.


I found a better photo of this movie set than the photocopy, so I’m using it instead.


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Cityscape from JUST IMAGINE (1930).   Photo instead of poor photocopy.


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MAN from U.N.C.L.E. – 2

More UNCLE photos and articles. [Naturally, I don’t own the copyrights to these images. They’re just here for your amusement.]

I love this article, cuz it stars my fave monster, Boris (William Pratt) Karloff. Story has it that when Boris saw himself after the make-up was applied, he responded:  “Oh, my. I look like a two-dollar whore.” This is from TV Guide Sept 17, 1966. And the show is THE GIRL FROM UNCLE.

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Here’s a close-up of that stairway photo.


Naturally, at some point when actors become big enough stars, it time to roll out an album.Cahn't Sing.jpg

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And now an article from EMMY magazine.Cloak & Swagger 1.jpgCloak & Swagger 2.jpgCloak & Swagger 3.jpgCloak & Swagger 4.jpg

Au revoir for now. I leave you with these words of wisdom from Napoleon. “Never fly solo… unless your me.”

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