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Mystery Photos: Who Am I? (Part 2)

Last week, we posted on this blog 30 photos that the Library of Congress is attempting to ID.  We were overjoyed by the response we got!  Thank you to all!  Now in our second (and last) post, we have here 30 additional photos also in need of a “solution.”  As always, “clicking” on the thumbnail below will increase the photo in size.  Please add your comments below and we will update this blog as the photos are positively ID’ed or quality suggestions come in. Many thanks!

  1. We’ve had several guesses for this guy–Lawrence Gray, Grant Withers….?  But, so far, nothing has stuck.  Who do you think it is?  UPDATE:  Is this Don Terry?

2.  We have several shots of this young lady but, sadly, no name to put with her face.

UPDATE:  The guess of Alexa Davalos was a good one but Ms. Davalos’s management say it is not her.

3.  We know this photo was taken by Katherine Russell Bleecker, the first female cinematographer in film history.  Does anyone recognize the men in the picture or, if it is from a film what film?

4.  Well, these two are ice skaters and she’s dressed like a car.  Hopefully that will assist everyone in finding out who–and what–they are.

SOLVED!:  From an “Ice Capades” show, “Motorama,” c. 1955.  Thanks, Fred M.

5.  The code in the lower corner of his still says “SS: KOD,” perhaps the initials of the film it is from.  Note also the large cake (?) aflame in the center of the photo.

SOLVED!:  “The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart” (1970)–Thank you, Paul!

6.  The name of gentleman at his desk may never be learned but you never know, so we have posted it here.

UPDATE:  There is a certificate on the wall behind this gentleman from the Sesostris organization but we haven’t had any luck zooming in on it.  And, when we reached out to the Sesostris group, they were not able to ID the man.

7.  Quite possibly a silent film actor or early stage star.  Could it be George Magrill?

8.  Due to the glasses on this guy we may never learn a name.  But we will ask.

9.  This is a photo of a painting signed “Kepler.”  Who is Kepler?  And was this painting perhaps used in a film?

10.  This man might be a character actor, a film exec or a business man.  We don’t know…

11.  This is a pretty lady in a unique hat–but what is her name?

UPDATE:  Could this be Marina Vlady?  We’ve reached out to her reps overseas.

12.  This lady took a tumble on her skis.  Might it be Andrea Leeds (as has been suggested)?

UPDATE:  We reached out to the Ava Gardner Museum on this one and they don’t believe it to be her.

13.  Yes, another somewhat odd photo that is–probably–not from a film.  Still, does anyone recognize this women or, perhaps, the mural that is behind her?

14.  We assume this woman is from New York based, obviously, on what she’s holding, but who she is is yet to be learned.

15.  This has been a “fun” one.  On the back of the photo it appears someone has scribbled “Virginia” and it has a date on it, stamped, April 9, 1946.  But we haven’t been able to figure out any more.

SOLVED!:  Former Powers Model Virginia H. Hopkins.

16. Maybe this lady is an actress, a singer….?

17.  Could this be Edwina Booth? Jeannette Loff? Or neither?

18.  This might be a make-up how-to shot (note the 3D effect on her forehead).  On the back is a stamp that reads “Ashley & Assoc.” plus a non-working NYC phone number.

19.  We don’t know the name of this gent either–is he behind the scenes talent or perhaps an author?

20.  We wonder if this is the handsome actor Bill Cable, who played, among other roles, the handsome murder victim at the start of “Basic Instinct”?

 

21.  We aren’t sure that this is a “celebrity” at all but we thought we’d ask.  It might just be a “stock shot” that made it into this collection.  We are open to your thoughts.

22.  The background is Austria, but who is the woman in the foreground?

23.  At first, we thought this was a proposed film set, but now we think it might have been a proposal for a new Cineplex.  Does anybody recognize this from their home town?

24.  Left to right are Karyn Parsons, the artist formerly known as Terrence Trent D’Arby and then actress Lori Petty.  But who is the woman on the end?

UPDATE:  We reached out to both Ms. Parsons and Ms. Petty and neither could recall the woman on the end.  We have yet to hear back from Mr. “D’Arby.”

25.  We think this might be vaudeville star Stella Mayhew.  What say you?

26.  We don’t know either of these men standing in front of the plane.

27.  We believe the actor on the right is Bob Custer, silent Western star.  Who is the actress next to him?

28.  We don’t know who this studious looking man is either.

SOLVED!:  Fred Foy, long-time narrator for “The Lone Ranger” and other radio series.

29.  The man on the far left is actor Howard De Silva.  We don’t know the names of the other two men with him.  (There is a date on the back of this photo:  Jan. 19, 1973 and a stamps that reads “SHERLOCK,” perhaps the photographer.)

30.  Is the man behind the camera Ben Maddow….?

To see the “mystery photos” we posted last month–many still waiting “solutions”–see the link below:

Who Am I?

 

 

 

30 Comments

  1. David Gorecki
    May 2, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Photo #1 is definitely Don Terry, most likely from one of the Columbia adventure films in 37-38.

  2. Tim’s tired of this
    May 2, 2018 at 9:34 am

    #1 is actor Fred Macmurray.

  3. Jennifer
    May 2, 2018 at 10:29 am

    #27: could she be Mary Beth Milford? There’s a resemblance, and she made several pictures with Custer…

  4. Mario
    May 2, 2018 at 10:42 am

    #11 reminds me quite a lot of a young Marina Vlady, who knows…

    #18 i swear that i have seen that picture (and that lady) in some book about the punk/new wave scene of NY between the 70s and 80s….

  5. Jacobus van Dijk
    May 2, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Being an Egyptologist I was struck by the framed photograph on the wall which says “Sesostris Temple” (and the half visible one next to it also has an Egyptian theme). I just wonder if this has anything to do with the Shriners or Shrine Masons whose fraternity is now known as “Sesostris Shrine”. Perhaps one of them may be able to help identifying the man in your picture. See https://www.sesostrisshrine.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/About%20Us%7CHistory

  6. Andy Wood
    May 2, 2018 at 10:52 am

    I believe that number five is Stan Laurel’s wife Virginia Ruth Rogers.

  7. John
    May 2, 2018 at 11:26 am

    I’m sure it’s been noted that the framed testimonial in photo #6 is from a Shriners temple in Roca, Nebraska. The gentleman probably is, or was, a member of that shrine.

  8. electronaut
    May 2, 2018 at 11:51 am

    For #6, ask these guys and they may be able to track it down. The certificate on his wall appears to be a Shriner thing from this Temple: https://www.sesostrisshrine.org/

  9. Lylah Clare
    May 2, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    #12 make me think of a young Ava Gardner, without make-up. Same teeth, same hair, same cheekbones, same dimple in the chin…

  10. Paul Higson
    May 2, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Number 5 is THE MAGIC GARDEN IF STANLEY SWEETHEART (1970) (the SS in question). It is a party towards the end of the film. Believe the music played during this scene is called Blood by David Lucas. Don Johnson plays Stanley. There are a lot of candles in the middle, yes, but not I believe a cake.

  11. Sandra Seligman
    May 2, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Looks like one of the young women that was a helper of DiegoRivero . She is From Mexico and I think her picture is in Detroit files .

  12. Patrick Hartman
    May 2, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Regarding #18, there was a Ted Ashley and Associates agency from 1945-1950. This photo may be a model they represented.

  13. dlp
    May 2, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    #2 looks like model Paulina Porizkova when young. Eyes, eyebrows, lips, general face shape similar.

  14. RJ
    May 2, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Is #1 John Dall (the one from Rope)? He looks similar

  15. brihea
    May 2, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    #26 looks a lot like Peter Boyle playing Carl Lazlo/Oscar Acosta in Where the Buffalo Roam

  16. guy from reddit
    May 2, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    A couple of us on the Reddit thread think number two looks like a young Alexa Davalos.

  17. Mikeyboy
    May 3, 2018 at 12:23 am

    I want to say #21 is the late 80’s R&B star Perri “Pebbles” Reid.

  18. Todd Rutt
    May 3, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    I believe the man in #28 is the actor Sonny Tufts

    http://www.listal.com/viewimage/4354295h

  19. Sunshine
    May 3, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    #1 is absolutely Andy Griffith! If you do a Google image search Andy Griffith young you’ll agree!

  20. Sunshine
    May 3, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I agree with a person above, I think #12 could very well be Ava Gardner.

  21. JD Bandy
    May 6, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    #13 Judging from the lack of paint on her clothes or person and the somewhat stagy look of the paint on her apron, I believe she is a model, stand-in, or whatever – not actually painting. Looking at the mural, the way her dark hair is parted, etc. I think this was for a movie, maybe unrealized, that included Frida Kahlo.

  22. CJ Arteest
    May 7, 2018 at 3:13 am

    #28 – In 1946, Howard Da Silva was in the Basil Rathbone/Sherlock Holmes film TERROR BY NIGHT. Perhaps this is a gathering associated with Sherlock Holmes films?

  23. mary
    May 9, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    #12 is not Leeds nor Gardner, I believe it’s just someone playing in the snow.

  24. Susan Cragin
    May 10, 2018 at 7:50 am

    #11 Dorothy Appleby
    #15 Could be an adult Virginia Weidler.

  25. Jack Durham
    May 10, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    26. Nell Shipman? left hollywood stardom to make independent silent films in the Idaho wilderness.

    Regards, Jack Durham

  26. Jack Durham
    May 10, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    My comment should have been about #27 – not #26

  27. John Taylor
    May 11, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    #20 is definately not David Essex

  28. Jove
    May 11, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    #27 looks a lot like Florence Lee. She was in Man Rustlin’ from 1926 with Bob Custer.

  29. Clive Turner
    May 15, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    No 29-photo. The man in the middle could it be Ron Silver?

  30. Mark Murphy
    May 24, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Regarding #29:

    In March of 1973, Howard DaSilva did a one-man show in Syracuse (my hometown), portraying Sholem Aleichem. I think he might also have been a visiting instructor at the university’s drama department, though I’m not real confident about that.

    Anyway, there was indeed a photographer named John Sherlock who for many years worked at The Post-Standard in Syracuse.

    I can’t identify the other two guys, but I suspect the photo might have been taken at Syracuse China, which was a big company in town for many years. Perhaps DaSilva was touring the place (my class toured it once) for publicity purposes, and maybe the other two guys were with Syracuse China. That would at least explain why DaSilva is paying so much attention to the cup. That company did really fine work.

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