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.

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"New York or Nowhere" Gramercy Park apartment door notice #deadbolt #NYClife #NewYork #locks


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Morning contemplation, paying respects to American heroes #ElizaHamilton d. 1854 and #AlexanderHamilton d. 1804 who was just 47 when he was killed in the infamous duel with Aaron Burr. He's buried in the cemetery of #TrinityChurch, where he owned a pew (No. 92), and where five of his eight children were baptized. His grave is marked by an elegant white marble pyramid, surrounded by four urns. Visitors leave offerings on top of the base: roses, lilies, pebbles and coins.

His widow Eliza, who outlived Hamilton by 50 years, is buried at the foot of his monument. #grateful #WallStreet

Trinity Church
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Continued culture research, pictured two giant lobsters caught off New Jersey coast in 1915
#lobster #nj #newjersey #boy #child #vintagephoto #sepia #photooftheday #photography #American #photo #bnw #bnwmood


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Pictured Gwen Verdon backstage in dressing room mirror applying lipstick, portraying her first #TonyAward winning role in Cole Porter's sensational 1954 Broadway #musical Can-Can.
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Dance research from the @verdonfosselegacy archives pictured an overview image of Gwen Verdon’s first of four bestowed nickel patina Tony Award medallions reading:
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“The American Theatre Wing Presents To Gwen Verdon, This Award For Her Performance In "CAN-CAN”, 1953-54"
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#CanCan #Broadway #GwenVerdon #TonyAward #choreography #Americandance #dancehistory #ColePorter #AmericanTheatreWing


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Cover of TV Magazine with program times and other live broadcast show listings dated December 16th - 20th 1962 published by The Cleveland Press with headline reading "Gwen Verdon Her True Story Stranger Than Fiction" #GwenVerdon #TV #vintage #press #tvguide #American #broadcast #tvmagazine #magazinecover


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Black and white #portrait photograph of celebrated #American author Truman Capote at 23 years old by photojournalist #HENRICARTIERBRESSON titled Truman Capote, #NewOrleans taken in #1947 #Gelatinsilverprint, printed later measuring 11 3/4 x 17 5/8 inches.  Signed in ink and copyright credit blindstamp in the margin, estimate $9,000.00 USD @phillipsauction #Phillips  #breakfastattiffanys #trumancapote #bw #bnwphotography #bnw #bresson

Phillips Art Auctions
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Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Eye of the Century sale of Personal Photographs from the Collection of #PeterFetterman @phillipsauction
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Hyères, #France taken #1932 #Gelatinsilverprint, printed later measuring 11 5/8 x 17 5/8 inches. Signed in ink and copyright credit blindstamp in the margin, auction estimate $18,000.00
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County Kerry, #Ireland taken #1952 #Gelatinsilverprint, printed later measuring 9 5/8 x 14 1/4 inches. Signed in ink in the margin, auction estimate $8,000.00
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Coronation of King George VI, London taken #1937 #Gelatinsilverprint, printed later.
17 5/8 x 11 3/4 inches. Signed in ink and #copyright credit blindstamp in the margin auction estimate $12,000.00
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#HenriCartierBresson #photograph #bwphotographs #bw #photojournalism #documentary #bwphotography

Phillips De Pury
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#GretaGarbo three color lobby card on exhibit at #IraResnick collection auction #TurnerClassicMovies @bonhams1793 #TCMAuction

Bonhams
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"PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH" Excited to see what this working condition 1977 Apple 1 Computer and #motherboard, with label "Apple Computer 1 / Palo Alto. Ca. Copyright #1976 #auction estimate $600,000.00 hammers for @bonhams1793
#HistoryofScienceandTechnology auction Provenance: Steve Fish, 1977, purchased from Computer Playground in Westminster, CA; Sold by Fish to current owner in 2005.
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The Apple-1 computer is the first pre-assembled personal computer to come to market, heralding the dawn of the personal computer revolution. #SteveWozniak in his autobiography, recounts: "I didn't realize it at the time, but that day, Sunday, June 29, 1975, was pivotal. It was the first time in history anyone had typed a character on a keyboard and seen it show up on their own #computerscreen right in front of them."
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"EVERY COMPUTER BEFORE THE #APPLE I HAD THAT FRONT PANEL OF SWITCHES AND LIGHTS. EVERY #COMPUTER SINCE HAS HAD A #KEYBOARD AND A SCREEN. THAT'S HOW HUGE MY IDEA TURNED OUT" — STEVE WOZNIAK
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#AppleComputer #AppleComputer1 #PaloAlto #earlycomputers #Bonhams

Bonhams
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Insightful archive of historic American culture being offered today @bonhams1793 #Voicesofthe20thCentury auction Lot 1072 BRUCE, LENNY. 1925-1966. Archive of Lenny Bruce material from "Count" Lewis DePasquale auction estimate $6,000.00 USD
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Pictured detail of lot from exhibition of documentary #recordedmedia four 7" reels, and one 5" reel of ¼" magnetic audio tape, along with 2 VHS cassettes, of recorded interviews on #LennyBruce, including performances of Lenny Bruce, approximately 5 hours of interviews with "Count" Lewis by Larry Jordan and Peter Keepnews about Lenny Bruce.
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The archive material here rests in various media forms and reveals the many faces of Lenny Bruce.
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For many years, Count retained this material and used some in writing his memoir of life with Lenny, for which Doubleday arranged a ghost writer at one point but which never was completed. The manuscript contains over 150 pages of first-hand stories, many with related ephemera, including Lenny's near overdose in the Bartram Hotel in Philadelphia (Count who didn't use shot him up with Methedrine to save his life), and his subsequent road-trip to Miami to get clean (the archive contains Lenny's note to Count "I wish to employ you to drive me to Miami at the rate of $20 per day", as well as the receipt for the rental car). At turns dark and humorous, Count writes compellingly of all-night jaunts in Miami, making a film on the Atlantic City boardwalk, and of John "Skinny Razor" DeTullio, somewhat of a benefactor, the comedy and jazz clubs being a bit rougher than they would be today.
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According to Count, much of the published material about Lenny Bruce was being written by people who never knew him, sourced from people who met him once or twice. He was looking to write the real Lenny, and in pursuit of that he pursued hours of interviews by people who were a part of this story, including many from the Philadelphia judicial system who played a role in the narcotics bust that led to the shakedown, and really began Lenny's slide into legal and emotional penury. There are first-hand interviews, many recorded on the phone with a reel-to-reel, with officer.

Bonhams
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