Does this beautiful actress, posing probably in a 1930s publicity photo, look familiar to you? She does to me, but couldn't find anything on the few Google searches I did.
As an archivist, I am forever opening up yet another box of uncatalogued "stuff," and though long stored dusty boxes usually contain mundane and largely boring documents, many contain old photos which always intrigue me. Usually they are of people connected to the school, but sometimes not. Today's box was a real find! There were six photo albums from the 1920s through the 1960s and they seemed to belong to someone named Verl and Newhouse. Newhouse had been stationed in Ft. Riley, Kansas as a young man, and you see this couple's lives unfold through photos. Their names are unfamiliar ones in my little school historic world so they won't be officially catalogued into our collection, but these images will continue to intrigue me for the next few years when I'm on my own time. Whoever they belonged to traveled all over the world taking black and white photos, some of them remarkably professional.
This is Vivian above and she is in an album marked the '30s. She autographs one photo to Verl and another to Newhouse--and they seem to be acquainted. Isn't she beautiful?
Say it was 1937, the year of my birth, and that Vivian is in her early 20s in these photos. She would be well into her 90s by now, if she is still alive. Do any of you know who this actress might be? Oh, for a storyteller like me, my mind is going 90 miles an hour.
So far I've found about a dozen 8" x 10" black and white publicity shots, including some of Robert Cummings, Bing Crosby, and William Frawley--or at last those are the faces I recognize. Only Vivian's photos are autographed, however. Do you know any Internet sites where photos of actors and actresses are posted so I can compare? Or, maybe Vivian went from Kansas to Hollywood to become a star, but like so many others, she returned home to marry and raise a family in anonymity.
All I know is that I am utterly enchanted by Vivian--and by the hundreds of photos I've just found. Now how in the heck they ended up in our school's deep storage basement is a mystery.