Thursday, June 3, 2010

Gene Marshall: A Toast at Twelve

It took some patience and a lot of watching and betting on ebay, but I finally nabbed this circa 1949 classic which I thought was probably the most breathtaking Gene I ever saw when I first glimpsed a photo of this beauty. Oftentimes, the hairdo on the real doll doesn’t match the actual doll; fortunately in this case, the real thing was a gem as well. For this photoshoot, I placed Gene at Hearst Castle in San Simeon; can’t think of a better place to spend New Year’s Eve! From the story card:

It was three hundred and sixty-four days, eleven hours and fifty-nine minutes into 1949. A hush had fallen over the happy crowd at the New Year’s Eve party in the Grand Ballroom. The M.C. had asked Gene Marshall to join him onstage to call out the final seconds of the last decade and to lead the toast as the clock struck twelve.

People held their collective breath as Gene counted out the 1940s. “Five. Four. Three. Two. One! Here’s to all of you—and may the Fifties be, well, nifty!”

The crowd laughed at Gene’s clever wordplay—then raised their glasses to toast the new decade.

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