STEPHEN CARTER, INVISIBLE: THE FORGOTTEN STORY OF THE BLACK WOMAN LAWYER WHO TOOK DOWN AMERICA'S MOST POWERFUL MOBSTER—
She was black and a woman and a prosecutor, a graduate of Smith College and the granddaughter of slaves, as dazzlingly unlikely a combination as one could imagine in New York of the 1930s―and without the strategy she devised, Lucky Luciano, the most powerful Mafia boss in history, would never have been convicted. When special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey selected twenty lawyers to help him clean up the city’s underworld, she was the only member of his team who was not a white male.
Eunice Hunton Carter, Stephen Carter’s grandmother, was raised in a world of stultifying expectations about race and gender, yet by the 1940s her professional and political successes had made her one of the most famous black women in America. But her triumphs were shadowed by prejudice and tragedy.
Stephen L. Carter is the bestselling author of more than five novels―including The Emperor of Ocean Park and New England White―and over a half dozen works of non-fiction. Formerly a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, he is now the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University, where he has taught for more than thirty years. ***************************
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Bringing Up Baby (1938)
One of the best comedies of its time
10 February 2016 "Bringing Up Baby (1938) is one of versatile director Howard Hawks' greatest screwball comedies and often considered the definitive screwball film. It is also one of the funniest, wackiest and most inspired films of all time with its characteristic breathless pace, zany antics and pratfalls, absurd situations and misunderstandings, perfect sense of comic timing, completely screwball cast, series of lunatic and hare-brained misadventures, disasters, light-hearted surprises and romantic comedy. The non-stop, harum-scarum farce skewered many institutions, including psychiatry, the sterile field of science, the police, and high-society upper classes." – Tim Dirks (Filmisite's 100 Greatest Films)
Two beauties in the sun 👼🏼👼🏼✨✨
The amethyst ring on the right was sent out to its new home today! The heart shaped signet ring on the left is still available! Much much more vintage and antique estate jewelry to come. Stay tuned 🌟 Link in Bio to Shop 🎁
With cinematographer James Wong Howe, left, looking on, actors William Powell and Myrna Loy as married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles take direction from W. S. Van Dyke for the comedy-mystery “The Thin Man” (1934), based on the novel by author Dashiell Hammett.
Howe’s interest in photography began as a child. After being hired as a camera assistant to silent film director Cecil B. DeMille, he earned additional money by taking publicity stills for Hollywood stars. His career as a cinematographer was launched when one of his subjects, actress Mary Miles Minter, took notice of how he’d made her eyes look darker by photographing her while she was looking at a dark surface. She insisted on him being the director of photography for her next film, “Drums of Fate” (1923), in which he shot her closeups by placing black velvet in a large frame around the camera.
He rose to become one of the most sought after cinematographers in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s, known for his innovative filming techniques. Recognized as a master at the use of dramatic lighting and deep shadows—a technique that came to be associated with film noir—he was also known for experimenting with unusual lenses and film stocks, as well as pioneering new shooting techniques, like wearing roller-skates while carrying an early hand-held camera.
Despite facing in his private life intense racial discrimination as a Chinese American—including a marriage to a white woman that was not legally recognized in the U.S. until 1948—he excelled in his career, working on over 130 films. The first minority cinematographer admitted to the American Society of Cinematographers, he was awarded ten nominations for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, and won twice for “The Rose Tattoo” (1955) and “Hud” (1963).
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DM to purchase ~ I’m quite devastated by this. I snagged this late 30s/early 40s cotton puff sleeve perfection of a dress from my girl @katieofdoom (if you don’t already follow her, you should) and it doesn’t fit me and I don’t want to talk about it. 😭😂 The colors, the pattern, the shape, the buttons, and the shoulders (which are to die for) are so beautiful. Excellent condition, apart from a small mend at one arm seam and two tiny specs on one arm. $158 + shipping.
Waist: 26”-27” tight (ties smaller in back)
Just bought a beautiful lot of #antique and #Deco jewelry! Tons of #1920s and #1930s items that I’m so excited about. No info right now - have to do a bunch of research but thought I’d share a peek ✨✨✨
AVAILABLE | (sorry for the repost, for some reason IG keeps crashing when I add 10 photos and then it blacked half the photos out when it didn't crash. Let's see if this time works!) The absolute must have 1930s so rare there needs to be a new word for rare rhinestone mesh slingback dance heels. This is just one gal's opinion, but I feel like these are at Dita level of glitzy old hollywood amazing. I can easily see Ginger Rogers gliding around in these, effortlessly. I gave the mesh a good solid tug from multiple angles and it is very solid and solidly connected to the shoe - these babies have life in them. They show superficial signs of wear, and by that I mean just some of the silvering has fallen away from the edging, and there's some scuffing on the heels, but over 98% of the rhinestones are there, including in the clasps, so it's really only normal wear from use. For shoes it's easier to show mesaurments than list them, and that tape measure is flush to the entire curve of the inside of the shoe, tip to heel. If you dance or do burlesque, these are must haves. $188 including US ship.