Brian Christopher@christopher_brian_nyc

Historian of American popular culture & recorded media, legal specialist in fashion & dance copyright, home Times Square NYC. DFA board member.

#VOTE 2018
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Thank you kindly to Ms Nancy Hoffman @nancyhoffmangallery for the wonderful conversation, beautiful artwork surround and catch-up with dear friends last evening at the @appraisersassociation gathering.
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Pictured on exhibition now is work by artist #MichelePred @michelepred titled VOTE editioned 5/10 2018 vintage tapestry fabric hand purse having snap closure with blue electroluminescent wire, measuring 10 x 9 x 4 inches


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“Coffee with Kennedy” 1960
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Today in 1960 John F. Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination. Promotional #JFK paper coffee cups like these encouraged voters to watch Kennedys' morning-time television program. The beginnings of how broadcast TV reshaped U.S. politics.
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Measuring 4 1/2 x 3 inches, paper yellowing with age, slight creases present.
#JohnKennedy #politicalmemorabilia #Americanhistory #popularculture #coffee #coffeecup #coffeeshop #Kennedy


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Pictured a rare behind the scenes candid photo with studio film clapboard reading “scene 103 take 4 camera 26” featuring #GwenVerdon as seductress LOLA on-set filming “Damn Yankees” in 1958 at #WarnerBrothers with director #StanleyDonen and choreographer #BobFosse #WarnerBros technicolor musical @warnerarchive @warnerbrosentertainment


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Thinking of #TabHunter and #NatalieWood Film duo pictured in a promotional movie still photograph for director Stuart Heisler’s THE BURNING HILLS (1956) #WarnerBros
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Cattle rancher Trace Jordan (Tab Hunter) discovers the dead body of his brother and seeks out the cattle baron who killed him and is soon joined by a half-Mexican woman named Maria (Natalie Wood).


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Seated center mezzanine #AngelsInAmerica #NeilSimonTheatre @angelsbway #Broadway matinee show. 7 1/2 hours of live stage performance is about to begin.
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Thank you most talented American playwright #TonyKushner !


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Thank you kindly @peabodyessex #museum pictured on exhibit a Martha Endicott Peabody white marble bust #sculpture by American artist Hiram Powers (1805 -1873) of a 19 year old #MarthaPeabody in 1844.
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#AmericanArt #PeabodyEssexMuseum #marblesculpture #SMday #PEMSallyMann #HiramPowers #oldNewEngland #SalemMassachusetts #MarthaEndicottPeabody


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Moonstruck.


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HAPPY 91st BIRTHDAY BOB FOSSE!
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Fosse at fifteen years old.
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Celebrate today with us the birth of an American dance theatre and film performance icon Robert Louis “Bob” Fosse born June 23, 1927.

Pictured is an unpublished, never before seen, and personally kept photograph having "Age 15 - between shows, Grand Rapids Michigan 1942" affixed verso.
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This candid photo features “The Riff Brothers” traveling vaudeville dance performance and nightclub act of #BobFosse and #CharlesGrass.

With slight corner folds, bottom edge tear, and surface wear present, measuring 8 x 9 inches overall.

Property belonging to the Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC archives. @verdonfosselegacy COPYRIGHT


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Playbill @playbill advert from 1951 promoting The Pierre Hotel @thepierreny #FifthAvenue titled acts included
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#BobFosse and #MaryAnnNiles .
Dynamic young dance team
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with other headliners:
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#AnnamaryDickey Magic Moments of Melody
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#StanleyMelba and his Society Orchestra
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#Chico-Rillo and his Rhumba Orchestra
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NYC hotel #nightclub acts of America as published “February 26, 1951.”
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#thePierreHotelNYC #CotillionRoom #Fosse #nightclubact


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#WednesdayWisdom during the 19th century the federal government subsidized boarding schools to “educate” Native American children. One was called “United States Indian Industrial School” where young kids were unjustly trafficked and often separated from their parents by deceitful means.
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At places like the Carlisle School in Pennsylvania pictured, from 1879 until 1918, over 10,000 Native American children from at least 140 tribes attended Carlisle. Only 158 graduated out of over 10,000 students. Their hair was shaved off, use of any native language or music was harshly punished, and all under poor conditions in the hope of the kids entering white culture assemblage.
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The Carlisle School was the model for 26 Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding schools in 15 states and territories, plus hundreds of private boarding schools sponsored by religious denominations across the US. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in the 1960s.
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#Americanhistory #CivilRights #NativeAmerican #IndianSchool #education #minorities #SocialJustice #keepfamiliestogether


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Lost photograph, forgotten image. Jewish husband and wife - separated by the Nazis army since 1941 - reunited in Haifa Israel - May 1946. #WorldWar2


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Happy 119th Birthday Arthur Weegge!
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“The Critic” 1943
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#Weegee was one of the most original and creative American photographers of the 20th century. He was born on this day in 1899!
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The @metopera chance encounter that wasn’t this picture made famed #photographer Arthur “Weegee” Felix’s career. Almost nothing portrayed in this photo happened by accident.
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Showing high society #MarieMullerKavanaugh, #ElizabethWhartonDrexel, and an unnamed lady friend observer, photographed by Weegee at the old #MetropolitanOperaHouse on November 22, 1943.
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Wegee set this whole scene up. His downtown female friend was unsteady from the Bowery bar wine he graciously supplied, tottered her uptown outside the 39th street #MetOpera entrance, propping her up near the curb. Weegee stood a few steps away on the sidewalk, his camera set up for a 15-foot shot. Mrs. Kavanaugh (no subway for her) exited her chauffeured car. She was with her friend Elizabeth Wharton Drexel. A Philadelphian from the Drexel banking family, she’d outlived two husbands and was now on her third, an Irish peer named John Beresford, Fifth Baron Decies. That marriage had made her Lady Decies (pronounced DEE-shees), and she lived in Paris most of the time.
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A @nytimes fashion writer noted the “matron dazzled the crowd surrounding the doors with her array of diamond bracelets from wrist to elbow. With emerald earrings and a diamond and emerald necklace, her bugle-beaded white chiffon provided a perfect setting” of music opulence.
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#bnw #thecritic #1943 #blackandwhitephotography #NYC #society #Americanphotography #photographresearch


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