Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford stands on a staircase, holding the train of her evening dress, in a still from the film Dancing Lady, 1933.
Joan Crawford
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Joan Crawford in a still from Dancing Lady (USA, Robert Z Leonard, 1933). From the Taussig film stills collection.

From Garbo to Valentino, the Taussig Film Stills Collection features the world's first movie stars. The NFSA now preserves this collection of thousands of American and European film stills from the beginning of cinema to the 1930s. 

A postwar migrant from Austria, Hans Joseph Carlsson Taussig (1907-1989) developed the collection during his early career in film and journalism in Europe. At the time, film studios employed photographers to create glamorous images of performers to capture the ‘it’ factor of stardom and present it to the world. 

Notes by Stephen Groenewegen