Harry Warnecke (1900 – 1994) and associates at the New York Daily News used the complex three color carbro process to make vibrant color portraits of various scenes and celebrities from the entertainment, political and other realms. They developed a camera that could take three separate color images of the subject. These were printed one on top of each other to make startlingly rich color prints that would then be used to make the color covers of the Rotogravure section of the Daily News, one of the first uses of color in newspapers.
An exhibition of Warnecke’s color portraits, “In Vibrant Color,” took place at the National Portrait Gallery in 2012.
This is a unique original color print with a 16 x 13 – inch image. The edges of some of the separate color images can be seen at the border of the picture.
This portrait of June Allyson was made on January 24, 1952 by Warnecke’s associates Cranston and Jacino, as indicated by crayon notations on the verso. It also has the “Sunday News Roto” stamp with the date “Apr 13″ filled in, plus other notations. The print is mounted, as original, on a 22 x 18- inch board.
June Allyson started out as a dancer in musical theater, and had numerous roles in the movies, specializing in the “sweet girl next door” roles.