Considering The Addams Family series—on the air between 1964 and 1966—can still claim one of the most macabre casts of oddballs of all time, one might expect just-surfaced photos of the original set to look, well, a bit less cheery. Shot by photographer Richard Fish—whose widow recently donated his photography collection to California’;s Oviatt Library—the images offer a peek into what the sets, which were pretty unambiguously creepy in black-and-white, looked like in real life. Sure there’;s a menagerie of taxidermied animals, a rogue noose, and a torture chamber, but they all happen to look quite charming sans grayscale filter. Just as unexpected is the real-life former home of the show’;s creator, which—somewhat disappointingly—was not a spooky Victorian, but instead a sweet little colonial. That twee Addams Family, who knew?
Thursday, November 7, 2013, by Lily di Costanzo
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