Wednesday, July 15, 2009

John E. Reed Hollywood Glamour





























Young actresses, desperate to make it in the movies, have been commissioning glamour photos, to show how sexy they are to casting directors, since the silent era.
John E. Reed was a Hollywood photographer who specialized in this type of photography. While a fair number of the famous walked through his studio doors, plenty of hopefuls, like this young lady, also had their pictures taken by Reed. It looks like, from the hair styles, that these were taken in the 1940s. The war era, would be my best guess. The last photo of the lot wasn't taken by Reed, but it came with the others, so I've included it. In that image, taken in a night club, the woman looks a little tired, whether from a late night, or a career that wasn't going anywhere...hard to tell.
If anyone out there can identify this woman, please leave a comment.

20 comments:

  1. Hello, I am looking for a photograph that was placed in the window of the John E. Reed studio on the corner of Hollywood and Vine in the mid 1960's. It was quite large and filled one whole window and stayed there for months. It was a picture of my sister and I and was placed there at the request of our manager Jerry J. Colonna to promote the upcoming release of our new record. I remember driving by the studio with our parents on many occasions during that time and seeing it in the window, it was very exciting! I would like very much to get more information on what happened to the photo. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. hello, i have several pictures of my granmother and her twin taken by john e reed, and am trying to find if there are any more.i have some originals which i am willing to share if youre interested in having them. much love-K

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    1. Hi. My father took pictures at John E. Reed studios in Hollywood, CA. Is this what you are talking about. My father is 89 yrs. old and his memory is fading. He has quite a few negatives and pictures still in our basement. There are 100's of them so some of them are hard to get into. He was a photographer between 1952 to 1972 there. He was a very great photographer.

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    2. Hi Leslie, I'd like to contact you about your father's work. I'm researching info on John E. Reed Studios. If you don't mind e-mailing me, I have some questions.You may contact me at danwe(at)netzero.net

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  3. hi there,

    My grandmother was a singer for the USO and had some beautiful photographs taken by Mr. Reed. As a photographer myself, I've always wondered if there were more.

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    1. Laurie, so random but my grandmother was a dancer for the USO and has photos done by Reed as well! I wonder if they knew eachother. That would be crazy.

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  4. I have several photos of "show-girls" who workrd with my grandfather, George Clark in the "30's & 40's. They're wonderfull shots. Are there collectors or family who might be looking for photos? Please contact me at rickymalichi@earthlink.net
    Cathy

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  5. I lived behind the John Reed studios from 1950 until 1961. I worked in the lab as a helper. There was a huge room with thousands of negatives. A very interesting time and there were 2 or three other photographers that worked there.

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    1. I lived there as a small child. My family name is Overman. The property was owned by my grandfather (Palermo), and was sold to the Blessed Sacrament Church. I remember a lot about my childhood there. Who are you?

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  6. Hello,
    I have some pics of my Mom done at the John Reed studio..she was an Earl Carroll girls. If there are anymore I would like to have copies.
    Anyone have any? She has signed her name Celia.
    Thanks

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    1. I think I know you. Please respond to this.

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  7. PLEASE GO TO earlcarrollGIRLS.com

    I am surching for John E. Reed photos.
    Alan

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  8. Hi my name is charity and I found a pic of a young boy that was taken by John E Reed he is wearing a plad shirt while holding a coat over his shoulderwith a ring on middle right finger if u would like to see the pic email me at lewis.tbf.ball6@gmail.com thank u

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  9. Greetings!

    Have some old photos taken during the early 1960s of myself at John E. Reed Studios. Was curious if other young children were also photographed there. I have no memory of the session(s) unfortunately. Too young, I suppose. Oddly enough, I became far more interested in photography than show biz. Have some samples of head shots, if you're interested.

    Thanks,

    Marla

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    1. Myself,my brother and sister all had pictures taken there about 1967

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  10. I acquired a painting done by John E. Reed somewhere from the 40-50's. It is of a distinguished
    looking women smiling and looks as if it can be a photograph. Any information regarding similar works he might have done. Thank you, David

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  11. Myself, my brother and sister all had photos taken there. They're great!!!

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  12. Myself, my brother and sister all had photos taken there. They're great!!!

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  13. I have a photo of my Great Aunt Esther done by him but nowhere to be found on the internet. Ive tried looking and can't seem to find her anywhere.

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