I doubt it could possibly be the same Lily as in the song 'she's been dead since 1929' so likely this is the who's Lilly
Originally Posted by Trask
Yeah I really can't figure out who this guy is talking about but this person could have possibly been a playboy bunny in the 50's or 60's.......I don't even know when playboy first came to be. I think she was definitely a model but narrowing that down would be impossible. Who ever she is though this particular camera was supposedly given to her by Herman Leonard which I think is the coolest part.
I was very curious about the story so I actually emailed Herman Leonard himself just on a goof not thinking I would hear anything back. Well wouldn't you know it Mr. Leonard responded an I must say it was a true honor.
Originally Posted by Mark Antony
Anyway he said that he didn't think........ah hell let me just post what he said:
Dear Mr. Eiser,
Your e-mail provoked a lot of memories for me. Those years were
wonderful. As for the Rollie, I can't conceive of having "given" a Rollie
to "Lily" since I was still a struggling photographer, not quite rich enough to give away
such an expensive camera. And the only "Lily" I can remember was that
well-known professional stripper Lilly Saint Cyr who I had photographed while
still in New York before moving to Paris.
Whoever she got the camera from was a very generous person and you are the lucky inheriter
of that beautiful piece of equipment.
So I now I'm on a mission because curiosity has gotten the best of me. I emailed the seller of the camera to see if this particular Lily is his mother......so hopefully he will respond and I can get to the bottom of this.
When I received the camera there was a roll of E6 in it..........Maybe I should develop it
Interesting story! I love it when gear has a history, makes it more personal. I'd love to know who owned my Rollei and see pictures taken with it. Your seller seems to think the camera took pictures of many musicians in the 50's and 60's, it would be great to verify that.
P.S Dev that E-6!!
I got a response from the seller of the camera and he said that this particular Lily was not his mother and that he was not in the "Mood" to go tabloid. He was completely pi$$ed about selling the camera for so cheap. He forgot to put a reserve on it and regrets selling it now. He apparently is mad at me for "burning" him on the deal.
Oh well I guess we'll never know the true story but this guy sounds like an a$$
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LOL he sold it! I'd develop the E-6 do a little blog on the images you find. Shame he is going to let the history die.
Enjoy the camera!
Any more news on this? Very interesting thread. I would love to know what was on that film.
Originally Posted by jerk151
I'm in the process of moving and haven't had a chance to develop it yet. I'm curious myself as to what is on it.
As far as the story goes, I've reached a dead end and I guess we will never know who the true owner was. I was able to talk to Herman Leonard though so it was worth it just for that since I really admire his work.
Alright Reverend, hope your move went well, but wondering what came of this. The history may have come to an end, but that film still has a story in it. Let's see it.
I'd be curious to know what's on the film.