I read a brief news article today about Dorothy Young, the last surviving assistant to Harry Houdini. She died a few days ago at the age of 103.
Accompanying the article was this absolutely stunning portrait of her. Clicking on it brought me to a high resolution version of it, which I’m very thankful for, as it made the watermark in the lower right hand corner visible. It says “Apeda NY”. A quick search led me to this page, which has a bit of background on the Apeda Studio, as well as other studios and photographers who captured the Vaudeville and Broadway scene in its infancy and golden era. Wow! I have only done a quick scan of the site, but it looks like a real treasure trove of both beautiful photographs and information on a bygone era. I’m going to have to revisit it when I have the time to sift through its contents.