Pix of Thursday’s Talk at the NYPL

As promised, here’s a little photo record of Thursday’s talk at the NYPL main branch on “W.C. Fields in Vaudeville”. As they say on social media, “Pictures — or it didn’t happen!” This batch was taken by the talented and generous Jonathan Smith (except for the one he appears in below of course). I’ll be converting the talk into an essay and sharing it here later this month. As always, the NYPL staff were impeccable hosts and they brought me a terrific crowd of interested civilians. This event was part of Fields Fest, our celebration of the life and career of W.C. Fields. For info on upcoming Fields Fest events go here.

re-talk
Previous to the talk. They don’t have a green room, you just have to stew in your own juices in full view of the audience. I tried to think of nice thoughts like young fawns and bunnies frolicking in a glen. Oh, wait, no! That’s “Bambi”! [BLAM!]
Hawkin' the merch. Ya know, like you do
Hawkin’ the merch. Ya know, like ya do

 

Dr. Harriet Fields. W.C.'s one and only granddaughter was om hand, to add magic to the proceedings
Dr. Harriet Fields. W.C.’s one and only granddaughter was on hand to add magic to the proceedings

 

I like this close-up because you can see her grand-dad on screen behind her
I like this close-up because you can see her grand-dad on screen behind her

 

The Happy Glow of Aftermath
The Happy Glow of Aftermath

 

Photobombed by Smith! But he's earned a bow for taking these excellent pix. Thanks, Jonathan!
Photobombed by Smith! But he’s earned a bow for taking these excellent pix. Thanks, Jonathan!

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