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Mystery Photo #4: Musical Mysteries

It is week number four for our blog of “mystery photos.”  Thanks to all who reviewed and commented on our previous posts over the past few weeks.  (If you want to see those again, here are the links:  Who’s That Lady?; Who’s That Gent? and Name That Movie!)

This time we are posting photos that we believe are music-related based upon where they were found– amongst photos of other musicians.  Clicking on any of the images below will increase their size.

We welcome your suggestions about any of the following images in the Comments section below.


1.  It is quite possible that this woman is an actress but this particular still was found in a stack with other music-related photos.  Regardless:  who is she?


2. We have two shots of this man, both wearing the same colorful, flowered silk shirt.  This one shows more of his face.  But neither lists a name.


3.  The mustache, turtleneck and chain seems to clearly mark this photo as from the 1970s.

SOLVED!:  Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, friend and historian. 


4. Neither the name of this handsome gentleman or the building he is pictured in front of is known.  Could the building in the background be a concert hall?

UPDATE:  Perhaps not musical after all.  Could this be Jason Gedrick from FOX’s “Class of ’96”?


5. In the lower corner of this photo is a stamp that reads “Bloom/Chicago.”  Bloom was a 1930s-era photographer of radio, music and vaudeville talents who was based in the Windy City.  This unknown couple might have been local or national radio or stage headliners.


6.  On the back of this photo is written, in ink, “Fri TV ON Two Guys.”  But there’s no other information.

SOLVED:  The man with the guitar is Gordon Bok.  Thank you to Jocelyn Shaw!

If we can authenticate a suggestion as correct, we will post the identity of the person/people in the photos throughout the week.



Presidents on Film

Rumor has it we’re in the midst of a Presidential election season, and now seems an opportune time to share some films either about Presidents or produced for political campaigns. William McKinley (1897-1901) was the first to appear on film, but by far our largest single collection devoted to one President is the 381 titles […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 26-27, 2016)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Friday, August 26 (7:30 p.m.) The Royal Tenenbaums (Buena Vista, 2001 – R-rated *) Wes Anderson followed his great success of “Rushmore” (1998) with this serio-comic tale about the dysfunctional Tenebaum family. Down on his luck, the scoundrel patriarch, Royal Tenenbaum (Gene […]

Mystery Photos #2: Who’s That Gent?

Thanks to all who reviewed and commented on our inaugural post last week of unknown film stills. Since last week we posted a series of unknown women, this week, we offer up a series of unknown men. Any suggestions, thoughts, or even speculation on who any of these gentlemen might be is gratefully appreciated and […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 18-20, 2016)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Thursday, August 18 (7:30 p.m.) Gosford Park (USA Films, 2001 – R-rated *) A weekend hunting party at the home of Sir William McCordle (Michael Gambon) turns into a murder mystery when the host is found dead. This witty […]

Mystery Photos #1: Who’s That Lady?

While it’s natural that people would associate the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division with, well, film, video, and sound recordings, we have a tremendous amount of associated documentation like scripts, lobby cards, pressbooks, and copyright descriptive material. We also have well more than a million publicity stills, a fraction of which we’ve used […]

Now Playing at the Library of Congress (August 11-13, 2016)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, a Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. AT THE PACKARD CAMPUS THEATER, CULPEPER, VA: Thursday, August 11 (7:30 p.m.) Raise the Red Lantern (Orion Classics, 1991) This spectacularly photographed, sumptuously colored drama set in Northern China in the 1920s tells the story of 19-year-old Songlian (Gong […]

Marshall Crenshaw! Malpass Brothers!–LIVE! FREE! Concerts!!

On Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 7pm, Grammy-nominated performing artist Marshall Crenshaw will perform a LIVE concert at the Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, VA.  The Packard Campus is located at 19053 Mt. Pony Road in Culpeper, VA. MARSHALL CRENSHAW SHOW IS SOLD OUT! SOME SEATING STILL AVAILABLE FOR MAPLASS BROTHERS. Seating is FREE but […]