Friday, November 21, 2008

Doctor Macro, your days are numbered


As Life Magazine and Google throw a curve ball into the mix with all, yes, all of Life Magazines photos now up online. Of course the wonderful efforts of all those contributors who submit scans to Doctro Macro, and folks like me who do their own scans, aren't really in danger of extinction since this is just Life's archive but it does present gazillions of on the set, behind the scenes and off camera shots of Hollywood past. For instance, just a couple of minutes of searching brought up...



Boris Karloff pitching in a cricket match in 1948.


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Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh on the set of Holiday Affair in 1949.

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Norma Shearer with her husband Irving Thalberg and their two year old son, Irving, in 1933, leaving South Hampton for the States.

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Orson Welles hamming it up in one of his magic acts on stage

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Veronica Lake without her trademark blonde hair and in a corset.

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And again!

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Deborah Kerr through a window, 1947.

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What a great archive. The years are listed, the photographer (people like Alfred Eisenstaedt)and location. And the images are presented in high pixel large sizes for high quality downloads. Click on these to enlarge and see what I mean. And go here to start searching today. But still come back to see my scans every now and then... okay?

39 comments:

Fox said...

Ahhhh... Veronica, sweet, Veronica.

And thanks for this tip. I never knew about that Doctor Macro thing either. Being online-illiterate as I am, I just pull lame Google images.

But yeah, never stop your scanning! Noboody works that scanner like you can. Bill told me that he saw you scan 120 images in 30 minutes one time!

bill r. said...

AND he was eating 14 hotdogs at the time.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Fox, Doctor Macro has a wealth of high quality scans available. In fact, with Macro and Life now online I am fast approaching the point where I can no longer find pics in my books that aren't already online somewhere.

But I won't give up, for I am a kick-ass scanner. Besides, I scan tons of ads for The Edge (that's the shortened cool name for my other blog) that aren't online anywhere.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Bill, not trying to pat myself on the back here, but it was 15.

bill r. said...

Yeah, but you weren't really able to keep that fifteenth one down, were you? That's why I didn't count it.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Yeah, but it was fun trying. Sorry about the vomit on your shoes.

bill r. said...

That's okay, I'm used to it.

Brian Doan said...

Besides, I scan tons of ads for The Edge

Yes, but only when you scan ads for Bono will you truly be cool.

Thanks for posting that fantastic picture of Thalberg and Shearer-- so different than the usual portrait or office-set photos of him we usually see.

Fox said...

J: Sorry about the vomit on your shoes.

B: That's okay, I'm used to it.

Well, that happens when you watch Waiting For Guffman, y'know?

OHHHHH. BOO-YA!! SMACKDOWN! Hi-Five... uh... someone give me a hi-five.... Marilyn?!?

Fox said...

HAHA... Well done, Brian!!

bill r. said...

Why will no one scan ads for Adam Clayton?

Jonathan Lapper said...

Cause Clayton's a jerk. There I said it.

Brian, thanks for the U2 joke. It's been a long dry season around here since the last one.

Fox, I honestly think Marilyn is mad at me. I really hope I didn't offend her.

Bill, I'll take you to Payless this weekend. My treat.

bill r. said...

Why would Marilyn be mad at you? I ask as someone who regularly suffers from the same brand of neurosis that is making you think this way.

Fox said...

Jonathan-

I think U just opened Up a can of bad U2 puns for the rest of the day. And if you think not, then, with or without you, I will have to carry that on.

Not to air these things, but I must have missed an argument between you and Marilyn recently. She's probably just off riding wild horses in the name of love.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Fox, there was no argument. And Bill, let me confess something right now that I may not have in the past. While I may appear confident and self assured in my posts I am constantly insecure about this blogging thing. Are people now bored with my blog, do they think everyone else is better and yes, if someone who regularly comments suddenly stops, well Jesus, what the hell did I do? I immediately start thinking "that person hates me now. But why?"

bill r. said...

Oh, me too, Jonathan, me too. And with me, that feeling extends outside of blogging.

But the pace with which you post has slowed down lately, due to work and so forth, so she may not be aware that you've posted anything new today.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Maybe so. I'm still posting every other day though. Anyway, I think it's time for another fifteen hot dogs, and this time I'm holding them all down even if it does produce an unforgettable fire of heartburn.

Marilyn said...

Jonathan - Can't coment on what I don't know. Movie star "baseball" cards - never heard of them. Now if you had movie star cookie tins, I'd be right there comparing my Valentino against your Pola Negri.

But, ACK, you stole my cat for your banner. Now I'm mad.

Really, though, I've been very up against it at work and whatever irritations I have in my life are of my own making.

Fox said...

WHOA! You actually did steal her cat for your banner (see Ferdy on Films side bar).

BTW, Marilyn, I had a question about your hubby's picture. What year was that taken? Not that I think he looks not of a certain age, the photo just looks old.

(I'm trying to place an age on you in my mind if you can't tell.)

((Also, did you know that Bill & Rick Olson fight over you??))

Jonathan Lapper said...

Marilyn, I truly am relieved there's nothing wrong because I don't know what I'd do without you commenting here. And you know the stars, who cares about the cards. But I understand.

And Fluffy - Now that is a fitting name. That cat is ... fluffy!

I've put this link up a few times across the blogs but I don't know who has seen it and who hasn't. It's my cat Middy, who has all of two movies on her YouTube channel. Watch them here.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Fox, we all want Marilyn commenting on our blogs. It lends us an air of class we do not otherwise have.

Marilyn said...

That picture of the hubby is 15 years old, back when he was 41, back when he had a belly button.

I've been trying to keep up, but honestly, I've been in a very foul mood the past week or so. I haven't even been able to concentrate on watching movies, let alone writing about them. I've turned more into a lurker these days, but I think I'm coming out of it.

Fluffy was named by the hubby's grandkids, who were her humans for a few months. We just didn't have the heart to change her name to something more fitting, like Garbo or Fuzzbucket.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Fuzzbucket

Now that's a great name!

And maybe it's something about this time of year. I too have been in a funk, though not publicly showing it here. Everything seems to have hit the fan at work this month as well.

I hope you feel better and better as the days go on Marilyn. I know you will.

bill r. said...

This reunion is making me cry. Merry Christmas, everybody!

Jonathan Lapper said...

God bless us, everyone.

Marilyn said...

"To the vector go the spoils."

Brian Doan said...

I'm glad Marilyn isn't mad at you, but I'm still very peeved about that incident with the whiskey and the cow last Christmas, and don't know if I'll ever forgive you.

Hey, did anyone tag you for the Alphabet meme? I was going to, but thought Bill or Dennis C. already had. If you hadn't been tagged (because you're always one of the first persons I think of for something like that), consider it done-- I'm curious to see what 26 films you'd choose.

Your blog rocks. I don't always comment because of time, but it's always one that I check every day.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Cry havoc! And let loose the dogs of war. And God bless us, everyone.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Brian, I can't say this enough times: The cow was drunk when I got there!

And yes, I've been tagged, four times, now five. I still haven't done it and at this point don't know if I will. But thanks for the tag anyway.

bill r. said...

You're a stick in the mud!

Jonathan Lapper said...

I prefer the term "a branch in the damp dirt" thank you very much!

Krauthammer said...

I have e-mailed that Orson Welles photo to everyone I know, whether they care or not. It must be seen.

Jonathan Lapper said...

It's hilarious, isn't it? It's a freaking still picture and you can absolutely see all the ham shining through!

Krauthammer said...

Hey now! It may be ham, but it is seasoned to perfection!

Kimberly said...

Fabulous news! I'll no doubt be spending hours looking at Life photos this weekend.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Yes, KH, Honey Ham.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Kimberly, it's a great, great collection. So much to find.

Peter Nellhaus said...

And as the Harvard Lampoon pointed out in their parody of the magazine, "Life . . . consider the alternative."

Too bad we can't see all of the Veronica Lake photos taken in that session.

Jonathan Lapper said...

I bet the photographer for that session did it gratis.