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Kyle Kersten was a true friend of TCM. One of the first and most active participants of the Message Boards, “Kyle in Hollywood” (aka, hlywdkjk) demonstrated a depth of knowledge and largesse of spirit that made him one of the most popular and respected voices in these forums. This thread is a living memorial to his life and love of movies, which remain with us still.

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#21 rohanaka

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:57 AM

Can't believe he was able to stay "spotless" while painting




I know! Isn't he something all done up like that. He obviously took his work (art) seriously.. to the point that he even dressed seriously too. I guess he came from that same "era" that had June Cleaver doing housework in her dresses and high heels and pearls. ha. OH my, how far we've come, ha. :)


Thanks for the link to the SD Website. You have a knack for finding the way-cool stuff around here, for sure. (PS: add that Red Cross pic to my list of faves for the ones you posted this year...if only for the expression he has captured on that boy's face... very moving)

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 01:08 PM

*"From these posters we see that there two armies and that the one at home fought as hard as the one on the battlefields. I am humbled just looking at them and wonder if today?s citizens could do as well."* - wouldbestar

Humbled was my reaction too when I was accumulating all those "homefront" images last year. And it left me feeling very sad that selfishness which is glorified and celebrated by too many these days has become an acceptable definition of being an American.

I am pleased you and I had the same response to those images. Thanks for posting your thoughts.

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#23 hlywdkjk

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:59 PM

Yea! Glad to see that gorgeous fountain is still operating in all its glory - regardless of which entrance it sits at. Great Photo!

*"I really like the way used color.. and the dark and the light mixed together.. very moving. I hope you find more for him sometime. They'd be a great addition to the collection you already have started for sure."*

Here's Mr. Schlaikjer painting a portrait while dressed in a suit.
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Can't believe he was able to stay "spotless" while painting.

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And here's a profile of the South Dakota artist at South Dakota State University website -
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Enjoy!

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#24 wouldbestar

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 07:23 PM


{font:Times New Roman}Those of us born after the war have no idea of what our families did without in order to assure that our military personnel had what they needed to succeed. From these posters we see that there two armies and that the one at home fought as hard as the one on the battlefields. I am humbled just looking at them and wonder if today’s citizens could do as well. Thanks to all of you for taking us back in time to this piece of history. {font}


{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Times New Roman}Those testimonials from the stars were great as well. I hope they felt that way and weren’t just spouting speeches somebody else wrote. If those were their own thoughts, it’s too bad they couldn’t get a seat on the Supreme Court; it might not have taken until 1954 for what they said to become law. {font}



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Posted 29 May 2012 - 02:33 PM

The artwork of Jes Schlaijker was a recent find for me and I was stunned with his talent. During his stint at the Pentagon during WWII, he painted many portraits of military officials and leaders - often while wearing a suit! I only wish I could have found a complete, high quality set of his images for the U.S. Army

I really like the way he used color.. and the dark and the light mixed together.. very moving. I hope you find more for him sometime. They'd be a great addition to the collection you already have started for sure.

I am most fond of the McClelland Barclay pieces. I have been a fan of the artist for awhile. He has created some nice illustration art for various uses, including Movie Posters and other film-related materials

I know next to nothing about art.. but from what I see he had a knack for the "iconic" images...sort of the "ideal" of the real thing. It worked really well in the ones you posted here (like the navy ones) I love the use of color in his work. .very striking. (Even the "black and white" have color.. that one of Crawford.. very dramatic!)

I didn't know about his death while on board a Navy ship during WWII until I began the research for this weekend's postings. That was a sad surprise for me

There are so many "untold" and "lesser told" stories like that attached to this era.. I think that is yet another reason why collections like what you have here in this thread are so valuable.. they bring these stories to light for us.

whoever was responsible for creating the posters of the "Open Letter" series from the SEPost deserves a medal

Those were really something special. I googled around and read a little on the author (Auslander) He was the "the first Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1937 and 1941" I know nothing about his other works.. but wow.. he really knew what to say.. and how to say it in the pieces that you shared with us here.

hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend even without making it to the park in Kansas City this year

Thank you, sir. We did. I hope the same for you. We did miss the "Celebration at the Station" this year, though. Too many "irons in the fire" this time to add that to our list of stuff to do.. hope to make up for it next year. It was on PBS though.. they air it here every year so we watched a bit of it that way.. so not a total loss. (ha.. though the kidling did NOT like having to miss the fireworks "live". They shoot them off at the end of the concert.. right above the big Liberty Memorial tower (WWI memorial). Seeing them on TV was just not the same as being there for her. (but at least we can look at youtube too.. and get a taste of it now and then.. all year long, ha)



Here's a little something also from the SEPost to make up for the any disappointment you may feel

THANK you!!

I doubt the street still looks like this but I hope that cool fountain is still there

It is! That fountain is right on the entrance to the Plaza (as you are coming in to the Plaza from the south.. at least I THINK it is south.. ha. (actually.. I am editing my post.. because now I think it may be coming from the "East" ha.) I get turned around.. I just know I come from the south (and a bit from the "east") and the way we travel from.. that is the entrance to the Plaza) :) It is absolutely gorgeous! I was just there this past March (took the kidling out there to goof around one afternoon during Spring Break)

The JC Nichols fountain is one of the most popular because of the big park all around it. But there are many (many) other fountains and scultures all around the plaza still from the era that your picture was printed. And as for the street.. pretty much the same too. Not sure what stores were there then, compared to what we have now.. but the architecture is all still there, only the skyline behind it has changed (and ha.. the cars too)

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:37 PM

Thanks to everyone that commented on the Gallery this weekend. And those that may have just come by to take a look, I am glad you did. Thanks to you too.
I am always pleased to read when my "work" is was so well received.

Kyle In Hollywood

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:29 PM

*"Well, Mr. In Hollywood.. you certainly have outdone yourself this year! What an amazing collection."* - rohanaka

I am so pleased to read that. It was an eclectic grouping this year - some nice artwork and some enlightening examples of "international" appeals.

The artwork of Jes Schlaijker was a recent find for me and I was stunned with his talent. During his stint at the Pentagon during WWII, he painted many portraits of military officials and leaders - often while wearing a suit! I only wish I could have found a complete, high quality set of his images for the U.S. Army.

I am most fond of the McClelland Barclay pieces. I have been a fan of the artist for awhile. He has created some nice illustration art for various uses, including Movie Posters and other film-related materials.
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But I didn't know about his death while on board a Navy ship during WWII until I began the research for this weekend's postings. That was a sad surprise for me.

And thank you for for saying you appreciated the international images. Many organizations, including the U. S. Govt, used ethnic heritage as a means of rallying support for the War and other efforts. In a land of immigrants, it only makes sense to enlist those types of appeals. And whoever was responsible for creating the posters of the "Open Letter" series from the SEPost deserves a medal.

I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend even without making it to the park in Kansas City this year. Here's a little something also from the SEPost to make up for the any disappointment you may feel.
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"Country Club Plaza", Kansas City, MO by John Falter. SEPost 1961

I doubt the street still looks like this but I hope that cool fountain is still there.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 09:57 AM

Well, Mr. In Hollywood.. you certainly have outdone yourself this year! What an amazing collection. These scholastic posters are SOMETHING.



I googled around a bit to see if I could put them into some sort of context, but could not find a whole lot about them. (though I likely may not have looked long enough) But I did find a website with a lot info on "Scholastic' as an organization and it does appear they have a history of being on the cutting edge for a lot of social issues (like race, for example) I really liked the Danny Kaye one. The examples of "hair and eyes" and how it would be just as ridiculous to segregate or be prejudiced for those reasons as skin color.. are the examples I use myself when discussing that issue with little kids.. because it is so easy to understand. Way cool group of pics.



I think my most fave for your collection this year have to be those open letters to the various nations.. (I really like your "international" focus this year.) But I also really (really) liked those first ones you posted (medical corps, infantry, engineers, etc)



THANK you so much for keeping this thread going. It is a wonderful tradition and one that I look forward to every year. I appreciate all the hard work you put into it, sir. Hats off to you! :)

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 11:24 PM


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Posted 28 May 2012 - 03:36 PM

_"Open Letters" to the Citizens of Occupied Nations by Poet Joseph Auslander_
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Posted 28 May 2012 - 03:12 PM


Open Letters


Wow..


Thank you for sharing these.


(the one to the Dutch... "Hitler hath murdered sleep" Oh my.)


I say again.. wow.






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Posted 28 May 2012 - 01:53 PM

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 10:11 AM

_Works by Ralph Iligan for the National Association of Manufacturers_

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The Washington Monument is built of stone contributed by all the nations of the earth to honor the founder of this republic. From Arlington, across the river, where sleep the men who died for freedom, it looks like a giant spike that God might have driven into this earth, saying "Here I stake a claim for the home of liberty."
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Posted 28 May 2012 - 09:05 AM

More of the incredible tributes to enlistment in the service to our country. I think now of what it is like, fewer than 3% serve this nation. It is enough to make one cynical, especially a mother of an Airman who served.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 02:37 AM

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