Flippin' Burgers, 1938 by J.J. Lloyd
Colorized by J.J. Lloyd
based on an original 35mm negative nitrate
by Russell Lee
October 1938, Crowley, Louisiana, United States
(Library of Congress)
"A young man grills hamburgers the old fashioned way before fast food. I’m a big fan of everyday scenes that capture the tapestry of life in the early 20th century. This image was a great technical challenge, with a lot of signage, reflections and details that really tested my patience. My favourite detail is the hamburger patties browning on the side touching the grill, which has about 16 layers of colours on it.
The signage is as authentic as I can make it, if not sourcing the posters used, then branding from the same campaign or advertising run using the brand's colours. Royal Crown Cola is still sold today, and 7-Up’s signage was actually predominantly black and red until the 1940s. The billboards at the top were a challenge but I narrowed down the poster on the right to be Pan-Am Motor Oils’ ‘Ella Cinders’ character which appeared in comics, they are now collector's items.
The poster on the right is advertising the 1938 feature film Spawn of the North starring George Raft, Akim Tamiroff and Louis Platt - filmed in Alaska and produced by Paramount Pictures, whose logo you can see if you look closely."
Making hamburgers in concession stand, National Rice Festival, Crowley, Louisiana."
Please note that the listed sizes refer to the print stock with the photograph on it which comes with a white border. The printed image sizes are:
S – 5" × 7" (12.7 × 17.8 cm)
M – 8 ½" × 12" (21.6 × 30.5 cm)
L – 12" × 17" (30.5 × 43.2 cm)
XL – 15 ¾" × 22 ¼" (40 × 56.5 cm)
XXL – 19 ¾" × 28" (50.1 × 71.1 cm)
XXXL – 25" × 35 ¾" (63.5 × 90.8 cm)
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