Color Portraits from the Black & White Era

The early color photography of 30s-40s era Daily News reporter Harry Warnecke is celebrated in a new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.  ‘In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Wernecke Studio’ features portraits of people that were more famous in black and white: Lucille Ball, Gene Autry, and more.  For lovers of old hollywood and vintage clothing alike, this show is a rare treat.

Below, a selection of portraits on view, courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.  Through September 9, 2012. Open 11:30am – 7pm daily.

Lucille Ball, 1944

Dale Evans, 1947

Gene Autry, 1942

Irene Dunn, 1944

W.C. Fields, 1938

All images credited to Harry Warnecke Studio for The Daily News/National Portrait Gallery. 


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