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Guide to the Edward Farbenblum and Orly Lieberman Collection of Photographs
1924-1993
 PR 378

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Farbenblum, Edward
Title: Edward Farbenblum and Orly Lieberman collection of photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1924-1993
Abstract: This collection, assembled and donated by Edward Farbenblum and Orly Lieberman, contains New York Theatre and Hollywood Film portraits and production photos dating from 1924-1993, as well as a small amount of ephemera.
Quantity: 4.7 Linear feet in 6 boxes
Call Phrase: PR 378

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Scope and Contents

This collection, assembled and donated by Edward Farbenblum and Orly Lieberman, contains photographs of and a small amount of ephemera related to New York theatre and Hollywood film productions and personalities. It is organized into two series:

Series I: New York Theatre

Series II: Hollywood Film

Series I: New York Theatre is organized into 4 subseries. The first 3 subseries correlate to the 3 different photography studios that produced the photographs related to New York theatrical productions: Friedman-Abeles Studio, Martha Swope Studio, and Vandamm Studio. The fourth subseries consists of ephemera related to theatrical productions. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject

Most productions depicted in the collection are from Broadway, though some national tours, international troupes such as France's Theatre National Populaire, and off-Broadway programming such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival appear. The collection documents the original runs of iconic musicals My Fair Lady,  A Little Night Music,  A Chorus Line,  Oklahoma!,  1776, and  Cats (the title most substantially represented in the collection), in addition to new plays, revivals, and multiple iterations of productions such as  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Tennessee Williams's  The Night of the Iguana. Notable subjects include theatre stalwarts such as Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt (in  Quadrille) and Robert De Niro (in  Last Stand, with Diane Ladd, and later  Cuba and His Teddy Bear).

Also present are portraits of Judy Holliday, Helen Hayes, and others, along with a small selection of Swope's ballet and dance photography, including the New York City Ballet and its star ballerina Patricia McBride.

All materials are stamped with photographer's credit and variously include subject name, date, and other information. Some photographs also feature press clippings or publicity captions on the verso.

Series II: Hollywood Film includes publicity and glamour portraits, on-set production shots, and special photography from a variety of studios and photographers such as Clarence Sinclair Bull, George Hurrell, Frank Powolny, and John Egstead. Stars depicted include Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Lana Turner, Clark Gable, Lena Horne, Laurence Olivier, Ava Gardner, Linda Darnell, Ginger Rogers, Lassie the dog, Eve Arden, and Catherine Deneuve.

This series also features an Annie Leibovitz photoshoot with Diane Keaton, Sissy Spacek, and Jessica Lange on the set of Crimes of the Heart (1986), and George Hurrell coverage of the red carpet arrivals at the film premiere of  The Rose Tattoo (December 2, 1955), held at the Hotel Astor in New York City.

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series:

Series I: New York Theatre

Series II: Hollywood Film

Series I: New York Theatre is organized into 4 subseries. The first 3 subseries correlate to the 3 different photography studios that produced the photographs related to New York theatrical productions: Friedman-Abeles Studio, Martha Swope Studio, and Vandamm Studio. The fourth subseries consists of ephemera related to theatrical productions. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series II: Hollywood Film is arranged alphabetically by subject.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Abeles, Joseph
  • Friedman, Leo, 1919-2011
  • Swope, Martha
  • Vandamm, Florence

Subject Topics

  • Theatrical productions -- New York (State) -- New York -- 1900-2000
  • Actors -- Portraits

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Available by advance appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at printroom@nyhistory.org. Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Conditions Governing Use

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to:

Department of Rights and Reproductions The New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194 rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org 212-485-9282

Permission to reproduce or quote text from this collection in a publication must be requested from and granted in writing by the Library Director, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Edward Farbenblum and Orly Lieberman Collection of Photographs, PR 378, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Edward Farbenblum and Orly Lieberman, 2013 and 2016.

Processing Information

This material was originally included in the finding aid for the Michael Sonnenfeldt Collection of Theatre, Film, and Entertainment Photography PR 305, which was processed by project intern Brynn White in 2014. This material was separated into a discrete collection and finding aid in 2019 by processing archivist Marybeth Kavanagh.

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Container List

Series I. New York Theatre, 1924-1993

Scope and Contents

Three photographers and studios are represented in the series: Florence Vandamm, of Vandamm Studio (in operation in New York from 1924 to 1964), has been posited as the "inventor" of the commercial head shot and noted for her use of lighting, costume and movement.

Leo Friedman and Joseph Abeles commenced their publicity photography parternship Friedman-Abeles in 1954 and produced documented the New York theatrical world using their handheld Rolleiflex camera.

Martha Swope, of Swope Associates, was a former dancer who also began her photographic career in the 1950s and, like Friedman-Abeles, shot backstage activities and the rehearsal process for publicity and documentary purposes.

Most productions depicted in the collection are from Broadway, though some national tours, international troupes such as France's Theatre National Populaire, and off-Broadway programming such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival appear. The collection documents the original runs of iconic musicals My Fair Lady, A Little Night Music, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma!, 1776, and Cats (the title most substantially represented in the collection), in addition to new plays, revivals, and multiple iterations of productions such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Tennessee Williams's The Night of the Iguana. Notable subjects include theatre stalwarts such as Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt (in Quadrille) and a young Robert De Niro (in Last Stand, with Diane Ladd, and later Cuba and His Teddy Bear).

There are also portraits of Judy Holliday, Helen Hayes, and others, and a small selection of Swope's ballet and dance photography, including the New York City Ballet and its star ballerina Patricia McBride. Additionally, this series contains a small number of Playbill programs, press kit materials, clippings, and ticket stubs.

Friedman-Abeles Studio, 1955-1972

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Theatrical Productions: A-B

Scope and Contents

At the Drop of a Hat (1959);

The Bad Seed (1956);

Bells are Ringing (1957);

Beyond the Fringe (1963);

Bye Bye Birdie (1962);

The Boy Friend (1957)

1956-1963
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Theatrical Productions: C

Scope and Contents

Can Can (1956);

Carnival (1962);

A Case of Libel (1963);

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955-56);

Catch a Star (1955);

1955-1963
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Theatrical Productions: A Far Country
1961
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Theatrical Productions: E-L

Scope and Contents

Eugenia (1957);

A Far Country (1962);

Five Finger Exercise (1960);

Funny Girl (1963);

The Happiest Millionaire (1958);

Lil Abner (1957);

1957-1963
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Theatrical Productions: Last of the Red Hot Lovers
1970
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Theatrical Productions: M

Scope and Contents

Major Barbara (1957);

A Man for All Seasons (1963);

Mary, Mary (1962);

Much Ado About Nothing (1972);

Music Man (1960);

My Fair Lady (1957);

1957-1972
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Theatrical Productions: N-O

Scope and Contents

No Time For Sergeants;

Never Too Late (1964);

No No Nannette (1971);

Night of the Iguana (1962);

The Odd Couple (1967)

1962-1971, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Theatrical Productions: S-Z

Scope and Contents

Strange Interlude (1963);

Song of the Grasshopper;

Sunrise at Campobello (1958);

Tchin-Tchin (1962);

Zeigfield Follies (1957)

1957-1963, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Theatrical Productions: Unidentified
undated

Martha Swope Studio, 1952-1993

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Theatrical Productions: A

Scope and Contents

Ain't Misbehaving;

Anna Christie (1993);

Annie (1977);

1977-1993, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Theatrical Productions: C

Scope and Contents

Castro Complex (1970);

A Chorus Line (1979);

Cuba and His Teddy Bear (1986)

1970-1986
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Theatrical Productions: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
1974
Box: 2 Folder : 4-7 Theatrical Productions: Cats
1982
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Theatrical Productions: D-F

Scope and Contents

Dancin' (1983);

Dreyfus in Rehearsal (1974);

Endangered Species (1990);

Forty Carats (1970)

1970-1990
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Theatrical Productions: G-L

Scope and Contents

The Good Doctor;

Good Evening;

Hair (1971, 1991);

Henry V (1984);

Irene (1973);

Last Stand (1970);

A Little Night Music (1973);

1970-1991, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Theatrical Productions: M-N

Scope and Contents

Man and Superman;

Mary Tudor;

A Map of the World (1985);

A Moon for the Misbegotten (1974);

Monty Python;

Night of the Iguana (1976)

1974-1985, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Theatrical Productions: O-Z

Scope and Contents

Oh, Kay! (1990);

On Your Toes (1983);

Pirates of Penzance (1981);

Rainbow (1972);

Suggs in the City (1972);

Venus Observed (1952);

1776 (1969)

1952-1990
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Dance Productions: A-Z

Scope and Contents

Don Quixote;

An Evening's Waltzes;

Prodigal Son;

Skater's Waltz [ice dancing];

A Sketch Book (1978);

Tricolore;

Trio [ice dancing];

1978, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Dance Portraits: A-Z

Scope and Contents

John Curry;

Patricia McBride;

Kathleen Moore;

Jimmy Tate;

Unidentified

undated

Vandamm Studio, 1924-1959

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Theatrical Productions: A-B

Scope and Contents

Affairs of State (1951);

Amphitryon 38;

Angel in the Wings;

Arms and The Man (1926);

Bernadine (1952);

Biography;

Blithe Spirit (1944);

Boys and Girls Together (1940);

1926-1952, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Theatrical Productions: C-D

Scope and Contents

Champagne Supper (1933);

The Comic Artist (1933);

The Constant Wife (1952);

Curtains Up (1959);

The Dark Tower (1933);

A Date with April (1953);

The Distaff Side (1934);

The Doctors Dilemma (1955);

Duel of Angels;

1933-1959
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Theatrical Productions: A Clearing in the Woods
1957
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Theatrical Productions: The Dark is Light Enough
1955
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Theatrical Productions: E-G

Scope and Contents

End Summer (1936);

Faithfully Yours;

The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935);

The Farmer's Wife;

The Firstborn (1958);

The Great Sebastians;

The Guardsman (1926);

1926-1958, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Theatrical Productions: The Good Fairy
1932
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Theatrical Productions H-J

Scope and Contents

Hear That Trumpet;

Horses in Midstream (1953);

Idiot's Delight (1937);

The Importance of Being Earnest;

Interlock;

Janus (1957)

1937-1957, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Theatrical Productions: L-O

Scope and Contents

The Late Christopher Bean (1932);

Leaf and Bough;

Life With Mother;

Lovers and Friends;

The Man with Blond Hair (1941);

The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941);

Mary of Scotland;

Merrily We Roll Along;

The Middle Watch;

The Moon is Blue (1951);

My Name is Aquilon;

Olympia;

1932-1951, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Theatrical Productions: The Little Hut
1953
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Theatrical Productions: Lo and Behold
1951
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Theatrical Productions: Oklahoma!
1951-1954
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Theatrical Productions: One Bright Day
1952
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Theatrical Productions: P-S

Scope and Contents

Parade;

The Play's the Thing;

Porgy;

Precedent (1931);

Rosalinda (1942);

Sabrina Flat (1953);

Showboat (1947);

Sing and Whistle (1934);

Sing Me No Lullaby (1954);

The Searching Wind (1944);

Set to Music;

Small Miracle (1935);

Spring Again;

Springtime for Henry (1932);

Star and Garter;

The Star Wagon (1938);

Storm Over Patsy (1937)

1931-1954, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Theatrical Productions: Petticoat Influence
1930
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Theatrical Productions: Quadrille
1955
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Theatrical Productions: T-Z

Scope and Contents

The Taming of the Shrew (1935);

There's Always Juliet;

They Knew What They Wanted (1924);

Three and One (1933);

Three Men On a Horse;

Time Remembered;

Tomorrow and Tomorrow (1931);

Washington Jitters;

Watch on the Rhine (1941);

The Winter's Tale (1945);

Whistling in the Dark (1932);

You Never Can Tell (1948);

You Touched Me!

The Third Little Show;

This Time Tomorrow;

1924-1948, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Theatrical Productions: The Time of the Cuckoo
1952
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Theatrical Productions: Twilight Walk
1951
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Theatrical Productions: The Wisteria Trees
1950
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Theatrical Portraits: A-Z

Scope and Contents

Holbrook Blinn;

Kitty Carlisle;

Ina Claire;

Betty Compton;

Peggy Conklin;

Joe Cook;

Constance Cummings;

Ruth Draper;

Clare Eames;

Lynn Fontanne;

Rose Franken;

Ruth Gordon;

Helen Hayes;

Judy Holliday;

Sam Jaffe;

Nancy Kelly;

Earle Larimore;

Pauline Lord;

William Lynn;

Hugh Marlowe;

Burgess Meredith;

Gaby Monet;

Victor Moore;

Reginald Owen;

Mary Phillips;

Barbara Robbins;

June Walker;

Nydia Westman;

Bretaigne Windust;

1931-1947, undated

Playbills and Publicity Materials, 1969-1990

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1-2 Theatre Productions: Publicity Files - Find Your Way Home
1974
Box: 5 Folder : 3-4 Theatre Productions: Publicity Files - Making Movies
1990
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Theatre Productions: Publicity Files - Seven Days of Mourning
1969

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Series II. Hollywood Film, 1927-1986

Scope and Contents

This series includes publicity and glamour portraits, on-set production shots, and special photography from a variety of studios and photographers such as Clarence Sinclair Bull, George Hurrell, Frank Powolny, and John Egstead. Stars depicted include Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Lana Turner, Clark Gable, Lena Horne, Ava Gardner, Ginger Rogers, Lassie the dog, Eve Arden, and Catherine Deneuve.

This series also includes an Annie Leibovitz photoshoot with Diane Keaton, Sissy Spacek, and Jessica Lange on the set of Crimes of the Heart (1986), and George Hurrell coverage of the red carpet arrivals at the film premiere of The Rose Tattoo (December 2, 1955), held at the Hotel Astor in New York City.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Portraits: A-D

Scope and Contents

Eve Arden;

Lew Ayres;

Lionel Barrymore;

Warner Baxter;

George Brent;

David Brian;

Dirk Bogarde;

Edwina Booth;

Phyllis Brooks;

Joe E. Brown;

Yul Brynner;

Walter Connolly;

Constance Cummings;

Linda Darnell;

Reginald Denny;

1927-1960
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Portraits: Bette Davis
1939-1942, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Portraits: Catherine Deneuve
1964
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Portraits: G-K

Scope and Contents

Clark Gable;

Judy Garland;

Ava Gardner;

Cary Grant;

Fernand Gravet;

Nan Grey;

Mitzi Green;

Jon Hall;

Thurston Hall;

Jean Harlow;

Audrey Hepburn;

Wanda Hendrix;

Ian Hunter;

Joe Jeffries;

Glynis Johns;

Danny Kaye;

Andrea King;

Otto Kruger

1927-1960
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Portraits: Katharine Hepburn
1942, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Portraits: Lena Horne
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Portraits: L-M

Scope and Contents

Hedy Lamarr;

Lassie;

Rex Lease;

Viveca Lindfors;

John Loder;

Paul Lukas;

Tully Marshall;

Leora Maricle;

Raymond Massey;

Rosalind Marquis;

Dina Merrill;

Ray Milland;

Elizabeth Montgomery;

Mae Murray

1927-1960
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Portraits: N-R

Scope and Contents

Patricia Neal;

Claudette Nevins;

John Neville;

Barbara Nichols;

Doris Nolan;

Joan Perry;

Zasu Pitts;

Tyrone Power;

Frank Powolny;

Jane Randolph;

Phil Regan;

Ginger Rogers;

1927-1960
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Portraits: Laurence Olivier
1955, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Portraits: Rosalind Russell
1945, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Portraits: S-W

Scope and Contents

Ann Sheridan;

Clara Lou Sheridan;

Sylvia Sidney;

George E. Stone;

Harry Stockwell;

Elizabeth Taylor;

Ann Todd;

Lana Turner;

Lupe Velez;

Bryant Washburn;

Natalie Wood;

Jane Wyatt

1927-1960
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Portraits: Unidentified
1927-1960
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Film Set: Crimes of the Heart

Scope and Contents

photos of Diane Keaton, Sissy Spacek, and Jessica Lange on the set of the film "Crimes of the Heart." The photographs were taken by Annie Leibovitz.

1986
Box: 6 Folder : 12-13 Film Premiere: The Rose Tattoo

Scope and Contents

photos of red carpet arrivals at the film premiere of "The Rose Tattoo," taken by George Hurrell.

1955

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