Lost in the Movies: Descriptions/credits for "Seven American Generations"

Descriptions/credits for "Seven American Generations"

This entry lists all of the actors, events, and photographers (for the era collages, where available) in my "Seven American Generations" post. I didn't want to disrupt the flow of that piece but knew readers might be curious. Where there's an accompanying video, it's linked in the description. The above image, by the way, is of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds with a space man (how prescient) on the opening day of Disneyland in 1955. It didn't fit with the collage I created but I'm glad I found a place for it somewhere.

Also, since there are no repetitions here and everything is full-size you can use this as an image gallery too (click an image to fill your screen).

If you stumbled across this post via a Google image search or another similarly blind route, you're probably confused...click below for context:


Clockwise from top left: Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page after stock market crash, 1929 / Charles Lindbergh with the Spirit of St. Louis, in which he flew the first solo transatlantic crossing, 1927 / Maybelline eyelash beautifier advertisement, 1928 / Charleston dance contest at Parody Club, 1926

Clockwise from top left: Dust storm in Rolla, Kansas, 1935 (Charles P. Willaims) / Franklin Roosevelt presidential campaign button, probably 1932 / U.S. marshals escort George "Machine Gun Kelly" Barnes after his kidnapping conviction, 1933 / refugees from the Ohio River flood in Mississippi, 1937 / Joe DiMaggio receives award from Joe E. Brown, 1936 / "Bonus Army" March: World War I veterans clash with D.C. police, 1932

Clockwise from top left: first-ever atomic explosion at Trinity test site in New Mexico, 1945 / German SS soldiers during the invasion of Poland, 1939 / Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941 / poster for wartime employees of Westinghouse Electric, 1943 (J. Howard Miller) / Allied troops land at Normandy on D-Day, 1944 / V-E Day celebration after German surrender, 1945

Clockwise from top left: L.A.-area suburban housing development, 1952 (J.R. Eyerman) / U.S. soldier crosses into North Korea, 1950 / Joe McCarthy and Roy Cohn during Senate investigation into Communist infiltration of the U.S. Army, 1954 / "Winky Dink" encouraging children to draw on a plastic screen over the TV, c. 1950 - 54

Clockwise from top left: John F. Kennedy's motorcade in Dallas just before his assassination, 1963 / Rosa Parks seated up front after the Montgomery bus boycott, 1956 / Soviet technician working on Sputnik satellite, 1957 / aerial surveillance of Soviet missile sites in Cuba, 1962 / opening day of Disneyland, 1955 / "Long Island Teenagers", 1963 (Henri Dauman)

Clockwise from top left: Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon, 1969 (Neil Armstrong) / Robert F. Kennedy on Ambassador Hotel floor after assassination, 1968 (Boris Yaro) / Civil rights leaders pointing toward shooter after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, 1968 (Joseph Louw) / Napalm attack in South Vietnam, 1966 / Joe Cocker's band at Woodstock, 1969 (Elliot Landy) / The Beatles arrive in the U.S., 1964 / Tommie Smith and John Carlos make Black Power gesture at Mexico City Olympics, 1968 / "Hippie Hill" in Golden State Park, 1967 (Ted Streshinsky)

Clockwise from top left: Paul Cortez & another child receive Star Wars toys for Christmas, 1978 / Richard Nixon after resigning the presidency, 1974 / Evacuation of South Vietnamese from U.S. embassy as Communists reach Saigon, 1975 (Hugh Van Es) / Iranian students display U.S. hostage, 1979 (Alain Mingam) / Disco Demolition Night anti-disco rally at Comiskey Park, 1979 (Hank DeGeorge)

clockwise from top left: Challenger space shuttle explosion, 1986 (Bruce Weaver) / Oliver North testifying in Iran-contra hearings, 1987 / Michael Jackson receives award from Ronald and Nancy Reagan, 1984 / Teddy Ruxpin toy commercial, 1986 / Cabbage Patch Kids doll on magazine cover, 1983 / Alyce Designs, Inc. advertisement, 1987

clockwise from top left: East German soldiers removing the Berlin Wall, 1989 / burning oil fields in Kuwait during Gulf War, 1991 (John Gaps III) / 2Pac & Snoop Dogg at the MTV Video Music Awards, 1996 / Sega Genesis vs. Super Nintendo commercial, 1991 / O.J. Simpson murder trial, 1995 (Vince Bucci) / Pearl Jam & Soundgarden backstage at the Shoreline Amphitheater, 1992 (Jay Blakesberg) / Fastlane Video rental store in L.A., 1996

Clockwise from top left: firefighter approaches World Trade Center after terrorist attack, 2001 (Jose Jimenez) / U.S. troops in Baghdad during Iraq occupation, 2003 (Sgt. John L. Houghton, Jr.) / Harry Potter book display at J.K. Rowling signing in New York, 1999 (Jonathan Elderfield) / celebrating the new millennium in Times Square, 2000 / New Jersey bar patrons watch George W. Bush announce that the U.S. will invade Iraq, 2003 (Don Murray)

Clockwise from top left: group selfie at the Academy Awards, 2014 / Steve Jobs announces the iPhone, 2007 / San Antonio home after the 2008 financial crisis, 2009 (Eric Gay) / Barack Obama poster, 2008 (Shepard Fairey) / Lehman Brothers sign sold at auction after the 2008 financial crisis, 2010 (Kirsty Wigglesworth) / Occupy Wall Street protest at Zuccotti Park in New York, 2011 (Stan Honda) / selfie collage created for NBC Nightly News, 2013

Top (l-r): Donald Trump after winning the presidential election, 2016 (Chip Somodevilla) / Painters cover "Go Fuck Ur Selfie" graffiti on the Instagram-popular Paul Smith store pink wall in L.A., 2018 (Sarah Reingewirtz) / Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses Bernie Sanders at Queens rally, 2019 (Kena Betancur)
Middle (l-r): "This is fine" meme popular during the 2016 election (originally from a 2013 KC Green comic strip, so not technically this era but it was too perfect...) / Tesla Model X electric car getting charged, 2017 (Jason Reed) / Colin Kaepernick takes a knee to protest police violence alongside Eli Harold and Eric Reid, 2016 (Nhat V. Meyer)
Bottom (l-r): Trump protester & supporter in D.C. around his inauguration, 2017 / Counterprotester at Charlottesville the day Heather Heyer was killed, 2017 (Chip Somodevilla) / Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally, 2017 (Samuel Corum)

Henry Clay

Sojourner Truth

Frederick Douglass

Sitting Bull

Doc Holliday

Emma Goldman

Georgia O'Keeffe

Top (l-r): Paul Robeson, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Crawford, Anna May Wong, Louise Brooks
Bottom (l-r): Katharine Hepburn, John Wayne, Burgess Meredith, Jessica Tandy, Gloria Stuart

Top (l-r): Orson Welles, Olivia De Havilland, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Dorothy Dandridge
Bottom (l-r): Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Andy Griffith, Eartha Kitt, Sidney Poitier

Top (l-r): Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, Rita Moreno, Elizabeth Taylor, Pat Morita
Bottom (l-r): Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Jane Fonda, Natalie Wood

Top (l-r): Cheech Marin, Wes Studi, Samuel L. Jackson, Cybill Shepherd, Robin Williams
Bottom (l-r): John Travolta, Ron Howard, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Madonna

Top (l-r): Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Salma Hayek, Vin Diesel, Will Smith
Bottom (l-r): Jennifer Lopez, Uma Thurman, River Phoenix, Ethan Hawke, Leonardo DiCaprio

Top (l-r): Macaulay Culkin, Chris Evans, Kirsten Dunst, Misty Upham, Michael Cera
Bottom (l-r): Michael B. Jordan, Brenda Song, Jennifer Lawrence, Dakota Fanning, Timothee Chalamet

Top (l-r): Chloe Grace-Moretz, Lana Condor, Zachary Gordon, Karan Brar, Sophia Lillis
Bottom (l-r): Finn Wolfhard, Storm Reid, Neel Sethi, Jacob Tremblay, Brooklynn Prince

Ages are approximate based on release year of the film

Louise Brooks at about 23 in Pandora's Box (1929)

Anna May Wong at about 27 in Shanghai Express (1932)

Paul Robeson at about 43 in The Proud Valley (1941)

Humphrey Bogart at about 52 in In a Lonely Place (1951)

Joan Crawford at about 58 in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)

John Wayne at about 62 in True Grit (1969)

Burgess Meredith at about 69 in Rocky (1976)

Katharine Hepburn at about 74 in On Golden Pond (1981)

Jessica Tandy at about 80 in Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Gloria Stuart at about 90 in Million Dollar Hotel (2000)

Carla Laemmle at about 104 in A Sad State of Affairs (2013)

Ruthie Tompson at about 105 in Walt Disney (2015)

Frankie Darro at about 7 in Roaring Rails (1924)

Olivia De Havilland at about 19 in Captain Blood (1935)

Rita Hayworth at about 23 in You'll Never Get Rich (1941)

Marlon Brando at about 27 in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Dorothy Dandridge at about 35 in Island in the Sun (1957)

Lana Turner at about 44 in Madame X (1966)

Orson Welles at about 59 in F for Fake (1974)

Sidney Poitier at about 61 in Shoot to Kill (1988)

Eartha Kitt at about 69 in Harriet the Spy (1996)

Paul Newman at about 77 in Road to Perdition (2002)

Andy Griffith at about 83 in Play the Game (2009)

Cicely Tyson at about 92 in Showing Roots (2016)

Darla Hood at about 5 in Our Gang Follies of 1936 (1936)

Elizabeth Taylor at about 12 in National Velvet (1944)

Natalie Wood at about 14 in The Star (1952)

Rita Moreno at about 30 in West Side Story (1961)

Dustin Hoffman at about 32 in Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Jane Fonda at about 41 in Coming Home (1978)

Pat Morita at about 52 in The Karate Kid (1984)

Jack Nicholson at about 60 in As Good as It Gets (1997)

Clint Eastwood at about 74 in Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Robert Duvall at about 78 in Get Low (2009)

Shirley MacLaine at about 84 in The Little Mermaid (2018)

Sally Jane Bruce at about 6 in Kids Will Be Kids (1954)

Ron Howard at about 8 in The Music Man (1962)

Cybill Shepherd at about 21 in The Last Picture Show (1971)

John Travolta at about 23 in Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Madonna at about 27 in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

Wes Studi at about 46 in Geronomio: An American Legend (1993)

Samuel L. Jackson at about 52 in Shaft (2000)

Tom Hanks at about 57 in Captain Phillips (2013)

Cheech Marin at about 70 in Dark Harvest (2016)

Kim Richards at about 7 in The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove (1971)

Kelly Reno at about 13 in The Black Stallion (1979)

River Phoenix at about 18 in Running on Empty (1988)

Will Smith at about 28 in Independence Day (1996)

Uma Thurman at about 33 in Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

Robert Downey, Jr. at about 43 in Iron Man (2008)

Keanu Reeves at about 53 in John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Macaulay Culkin at about 8 in Rocket Gibraltar (1988)

Kirsten Dunst at about 12 in Interview with a Vampire (1994)

Chris Evans at about 20 in Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

Misty Upham at about 26 in Frozen River (2008)

Michael B. Jordan at about 31 in Creed II (2018)

Chloe Grace Moretz at about 8 in The Amityville Horror (2005)

Karan Brar at about 12 in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2013)

Lana Condor at about 21 in To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)

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