Fox Archives: Photographs of company parties and events dating back to 1918

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Who doesn’t love a party? After all the holiday and New Year’s Eve parties, it seems fitting to share a few favorite photographs from the Archives’ “Company History: Events” collection.

This smaller collection dates back to 1918, and it contains photography of awards ceremonies, dignitaries’ lot visits, sales conventions, stockholders’ meetings, employee picnics, studio club events, sports tournaments, charity drives, dinners, luncheons, celebrations, etc.

Elsa Maxwell’s party at Constance Bennett’s home, in honor of the Duchess of Westminster (1939)

Claudette Colbert and Cesar Romero sharing a laugh
Left to right: George Sanders, Loretta Young and James Stewart on the dance floor
Tyrone Power and Annabella in conversation
Left to right: Constance Bennett, Elsa Maxwell and Darryl F. Zanuck dining and conversing

Milton Berle’s “Old Time Bathing Suit Costume Party” at the Beverly Hills Hotel (1941)

Chas Hall and Dave Rose (dressed as police officers) holding a pie, while Milton Berle holds on to Judy Garland
Milton Berle singing along with The Andrew Sisters
Left to right: Marie Wilson, Buster Keaton and Judy Garland
Left to right: Milton Berle, Buster Keaton and Tom Brown

Jayne Mansfield’s champagne party (1957)

Jayne Mansfield with Mickey Hargitay
Jayne Mansfield with photographers
Jayne Mansfield with photographers

Louella Parsons’ birthday party for Jimmy McHugh (1959)

Tony Curtis accompanying the band on bongos

The Fox Archives is mandated to collect, catalog, preserve and make accessible the following assets of the 20th Century Fox studios: props, set decoration, photographs, art department and publicity materials from our film and television productions, and from the 20th Century Fox studio itself. We work primarily with internal Fox groups but also from time to time with outside organizations such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.