The cover of Picture Show, November 6, 1954, featuring Eva Marie Saint and Marlon Brando, stars of On The Waterfront. The movie was Eva Marie Saint’s debut. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Rita Hayworth by Paul Hesse on the cover of Photoplay, October 1949.

The honeymoon pictures were in relation to Rita Hayworth’s marriage to Prince Aly Khan, her third marriage out of five.

Photoplay advertisement, 1940 for Fine Feathers Hosiery. Meanwhile, in Britain because of rationing women were applying gravy browning to their legs to simulate stockings.

Promotional photograph of Dorothy Comingore for the 1941 film Citizen KanePhotoplay, May 1941. Both of Orson Welles’ wives in Citizen Kane, Ruth Warrick and Dorothy Comingore, were pregnant during filming.

The Gish sisters, Lillian and Dorothy, on the cover of Photoplay, December 1914. The Gish sisters met Mary Pickford when, as children, all three were travelling across America in theatre productions. Later, Mary offered Lillian and Dorothy their big movie break when he introduced the sisters to director D.W. Griffith who employed them as extras at his Biograph Studios on salaries of $50 a week.

A number of women held prominent positions in early Hollywood, as writers, directors, producers and camera operators. This is Margery Ordway in Photoplay, October 1916, during the filming of Her Father’s Son.

The Photoplay caption to this picture actually read: “The style you could fall for. Nor is this a masquerade get-up. Margery Ordway, regular, professional, licensed, union crank-turner at Camp Morosco, has gone into camera work as nonchalantly as other girls take up stenography, nursing, husband-stalking.”

Photoplay, July 1917

Cover star, Emily Wehlen featured on the stage, and made twenty films between 1915 and 1920. A 1911 article in Everybody’s Magazine stated that she was “very pretty, very graceful, and extraordinarily clever as an actress, and she has learned how to use a naturally fine voice. Moreover, she has the indescribable charm of personality, of making audiences like her and want to have her on the stage all the time.” Despite these attributes, she disappeared from performing in the early 1920s.

The Film Daily, January 1933. Five years after the introduction of the talkies, silent movie palaces are becoming relics of the past.

The Film Daily, February 1933. A feature for Marlene Dietrich’s The Song of Songs. Dietrich’s character, Lily, goes on a personal journey before reuniting with her lover, Richard. The movie was not a box office success.

The Film Daily, February 1933, a promotional feature for King Kong. 10,000 seats…10 shows daily! Movies were big business. From our perspective, it can be difficult to appreciate what a dramatic impact they had on society.

Betty Boop in The Film Daily, March 1933. Clara Bow is often cited as the inspiration for Betty Boop, although Max and Dave Fleischer of the Fleischer Studios told his artists that he wanted a caricature of singer Helen Kane. Kane sued, and lost the case.

The Film Daily Yearbook, 1951. Take it easy with the Zenith “Lazy Bones” remote control.

1920s – 1960s