This is a companion post to one just published on Photobooth Journal.
Vic Parks was Lou Costello’s stunt man for many years. He met Lou while both were working in vaudeville. They became lifelong friends. The photos below date from Vic’s time as an acrobat. He worked with George LaMarr, (variously spelt Lamar, and Lamarr and La Marr) with whom he travelled and performed in the United States.
These are all 8 x 10 inch photos from Chicago photography studio, Bloom. They were probably taken in the early 1930s.
According to Dr David S. Shields, author of the website Broadway Photographs, Bloom was one of very few studios whose photos were “sufficiently artistic to provide illustrations for national circulation magazines.”