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 was made to be published on October 23, 1946 byWarnecke and h is associate Cranston. She had already had many roles in the theater and film and had been a wartime pinup, but her major role as “My Friend Irma” was still a few years away in 1949. Her character paved the way for one of the personas of Marilyn Monroe.