Some of these are seriously off. the. walls
Rita Hayworth in Gilda (Charles Vidor, 1946)
"It is the very ideal of a library for young ladies, with cozy nooks and corners, where a book is twice a book; with sunny windows, some of them thrown out into deep bays; with galleries, reached by winding stairs, where the girls seem to have a keen delight in coiling themselves away in such mysterious fashion that you can only see above the balustrade a curly head bending over some book, doubtless found more fascinating than it could be if simply spread out on the table below."
—Edward Abbott on the library in Wellesley’s College Hall, as reported in the August 1876 issue of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine
I love the angle of this photo. Usually you only see photos of what’s on stage or of an empty proscenium. Here is where you come in contact with both worlds. The brink between stage and life. It’s magical.
Lupita Nyong’o at the 86th Annual Academy Awards
Snow Queen Victoria, c. 1890 (via V&A)