Thursday, April 29, 2010
Mystery History -- Solved
Joseph wins with his Tuesday 8:27 a.m. guess "It's the Pasadena playhouse in 1959. Students are Colin Campbell and Lynn Preston. The instructor is Joseph Vince, if I'm not mistaken." But who are you, Joseph? The link goes nowhere, so please e-mail me to find out about your fabulous prize.
In the 1959 photo above, Pasadena Playhouse drama students Colin Campbell and Lynn Preston learn fencing tips from master instructor Joseph Vince, who had been a U.S. fencing champion in the 1920s.
The Pasadena Playhouse got its start in 1917 and opened for business in its present location in 1925 after the citizens of this community contributed a whole lot of funding.
It has a long history of being the "Star Factory" where renowned actors including Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Mature and Raymond Burr got their training.
More recently, the Playhouse closed its doors -- temporarily, we all hope -- due to funding issues.
The City of Pasadena owns the building, which was designed by architect Elmer Grey.
Many thanks to the University of Southern California.