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Grace Moore, the Tennessee Nightingale

The subject for today's large format negative post is the lovely Grace Moore.  Mary Willie Grace Moore was born in Del Rio, Tennessee, where she was nicknamed 'The Tennessee Nightingale' due to her wonderful operatic soprano voice.  She made her first Broadway appearance in 1920 and her operatic debut at the Metropolitan Theatre in New York City in 1928.  In the 1930s and 1940s she gave concert performances throughout the United States and Europe and was active in the USO shows during World War II.  Tragically, she died in a plane crash near the Copenhagen, Denmark airport in 1947.

This image was taken around 1935, which was the time of her academy award nomination for best actress for her performance in the 1934 smash hit 'one night of love.'  Go to her wikipedia page if you'd like more info.

Unfortunately the beautiful Grace Moore is no longer with us; however, through the magicalness of YouTube, and mysteriousness of the internet, you can see her alive, and performing a duet with Lawrence Tibbett called 'wanting you.'  Extra points for anyone that watches the entire clip!  Well rats; I just can't get past the guys mustache; apparently it worked back in the day.

I purchased this 8x10" Kodak nitrate negative via eBay.  The detail...

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Let’s stroll through a camera store…in 1938!

Come on in and check out our folding and box cameras, enlargers, splicers and photographic publications, especially the ones on the top shelf.  While you're here, don't forget that post card Kodak 122 film, or maybe a roll film developing kit?

This wonderful Moulin studio image was taken inside a Camera Craft store in San Francisco, CA on April fools day 4/1, 1938 for Mr E.R. Young.  I bought this 8x10" Defender Safety base negative and scanned it on an Epson flatbed scanner.  Amazing how sharp the image is using 80 year old technology; you'd be hard pressed to get more resolution from a modern day high end digital camera.

As I look at the products for sale back then, I'm reminded that I own quite a few of them now, my collection contains many of the folding cameras you see on the shelves in the back, and the Kodak Rangefinder, extinction meters, filters etc in the display cases below the cameras....

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