That’s Dave Fleischer in the center, at the Paramount gates in Hollywood, with his two big stars of 1939, Gulliver and Popeye.
I found this image in my collection and contributed it to my new daily Facebook visit, the Popeye Look-alike Fan Page. It’s an incredible (and hilarious) archive of oddball live action photographs of the Popeye character.
Facebook has become an invaluable resource of pop culture ephemera and animation history, as collectors and fans are scanning their collections and sharing it with the world. I’ve joined in myself whenever I find something of interest to share. For example, I just found this (below) in my research files, the first model sheet for Little Audrey, drawn in 1946 by Bill Tytla! Check it out at larger size on the Harvey Comics facebook page.
While I’m at it, I should once again plug the Cartoon Brew Facebook page, where our readers run the show with additional commentary, films and event announcements.