Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


This postcard shot of downtown Des Moines, taken from the Grand Avenue bridge, goes out to BLUES HISTORIAN, who can give you a case of the blues that no amount of anti-depressants can cure!
(photographer unknown)


They went all out.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


photo: Ernst Haas

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Old Times Square

...lest we forget.

(photographer unknown; scanned from GAF viewmaster slide; one half of stereoscopic view; as always, click for enlarged image.)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Boys

One of the most stylin' FOUND PHOTOS in our collection. Who were they, and did they record any albums?

Friday, August 1, 2008

The Gang

Part of our GREAT MOMENTS IN TV HISTORY series. In many versions of this photo appearing on the web, the two characters on the right, Andrea Zuckerman and Scott Scanlon, have been cropped out. We suppose because Andrea was Jewish and didn't really fit in, and Scott was a mixed-up kid who started playing with guns; the eventual and natural conclusion being his blowing his head off at his own tragic birthday party.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

World Affairs

Goddang, that RATKO is a slippery fella. Now just where in tarnation is that rascal?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


We had much to celebrate recently here at the offices of OMR. Suddenly champagne corks were popping and a regular wing-ding ensued. It got a little wild and some of the employees were becoming randy. (--resulting in grounds for a sexual-harrassment suit, which could effectively bring down this house of cards.) Once the smoke cleared, the revellers began indulging themselves in revery. Tears flowed as sentiment bubbled over. We all began sifting through the OMR photo archives in a disgusting display of maudlin reminiscence. It was decided between swigs that we post some of our classic photographs from the bad old days. So sit back, fire up a Chesterfield and enjoy.

(The photos you have just enjoyed are the express property of OTTO MANNIX. Visitors to this site are encouraged to use them for recreational, educational or masturbational purposes. Any attempt to use them for capital gain will result in immediate service of subpoenae by our crack team of Harvard-educated attorneys-at-law. And be advised: our jews are better than your jews. --O.M.)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Lost New York

Tavern formerly located on Eighth Avenue, near 31st Street.

Store formerly located on Sixth Avenue, near 22nd Street.

Tompkins Square Park, 1989; with the old bandshell, home to many an honorable drunk or junkie.

Store formerly located on 23rd Street, near Park Avenue.

photographs copyright 1989, Rick Rodine.
(terminated from OMR in 1992 for drinking on the job)


The image-scanning system here at OMR has been down for months due to a fried integrated circuit card. We are sorry for the inconvenience to your daily media regimen. The card has been replaced and the UNIVAC is now purring like a kitten after a saucer of fresh whole milk.

Sunday, April 27, 2008


A young Otto Mannix in Des Moines.

Friday, February 29, 2008


“Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.”

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


OMR is joining the ranks of the many bloggers who have referred to the work of FRED HERZOG, German-born photographer who documented Vancouver in the 1950s. Scroll through the forty-five photographs presented on this website.

Thursday, February 7, 2008


photo: Jürgen Schlächtendörfer, 2008


There was a time when reading a comic book was a worthwhile activity.


This place has the FAMILY-SIZE tube of Preparation H .