Web ephemera: When Legends Gather

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Very much Not Comics, but we were tooling around and found this blog called If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There’d Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats, which has a feature called “When Legends Gather,” and you will probably spend a lot of time looking at it. As you might guess, it’s photos of famous people together you never thought you would see together. The archeological data on fashions and fame alone will occupy hours. A sampling:
hlloydbruth Web ephemera: When Legends Gather
Famed silent film star Harold Lloyd and baseball star Babe Ruth. Gosh, people were funny-looking back in the day. (PS: If you’ve never seen a Harold Lloyd movie, you need to remedy that.)

yulgene Web ephemera: When Legends Gather
Film stars Yul Brynner and Gene Kelly yuk it up.

chaplinshaw Web ephemera: When Legends Gather
And another silent film star, Charlie Chaplin, chowing down with playwright George Bernard Shaw. What do you think they are talking about? Brussels sprouts?

Much, much more in the link.

Comments

  1. Lpve that Lloyd and Ruth pic. Lloyd was one/the early inspirations for Clark Kent, so nebbish that he was comedic rather than pathetic. And he could climb buildings like a human fly! Funny stuff. Shaw pinstripes ACTIVATE!

  2. Blackeye says:

    I thought that was a picture of Chip Kidd and Babe Ruth!

  3. Steve Taylor says:

    It’s funny you should bring this up here. Gunslinger is the website I check out every day after I see what’s going on over here at The Beat. Gunslinger also has a really zarjaz list of links.

  4. Ron Thibodeau says:

    Yul Brynner is/was so damn SEXY!

  5. The picture of Lloyd and Ruth is probably from the film “Speedy” that Ruth had a cameo in. In it, Lloyd plays a NYC taxi driver. The film was shot entirely on location in New York, including an extended scene on Coney Island. It’s a great way to see the city the way it used to be.
    Incidentally, “Speedy” is one of the primary inspirations for my webcomic “Night Owls” on Zuda. As I was watching it, I thought “Why not set a comic in 1920’s NY?” So I did.

  6. Tom Spurgeon says:

    Those are lovely shoes Mr. Brynner is wearing.

  7. If you want to see what Lloyd and Ruth were up to, James Lileks has a clip on his website:
    http://lileks.com/bleat/?p=1521

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