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Contemplating Bette


This past weekend, I found this interesting snapshot in a box of old family photos. As you can see, it's a man standing outside a movie theater (the poster is for Jezebel, starring Bette Davis), apparently on his way inside. Based on the man's general build, hair color and attire (hat cocked to the right), along with the fact that the photos in the box are all from my mom's family, I'm pretty sure this is my grandfather. The movie's appearance dates the photograph at 1938. I'm very glad to have this unique view; almost all of the other photos in the box are standard, straight-on posed shots, but this one almost has an artsy feel to it.

Special thanks to Michael Leddy for identifying the movie, based on just that visible portion of the poster.

February 7, 2012 in Personal, Photography | Permalink


Gotta wonder if the person who took that photo did it that way intentionally or if it was a mistake, like your grandfather turned at the last moment or something.

Posted by: Paul at Feb 7, 2012 5:37:59 PM