Going on public view THIS SATURDAY for the first time ever is an autographed manuscript of Jack London’s The Sea Wolf. Now get this: Out of concern about the risk of fire on their Sonoma Valley ranch, London and his wife, Charmian, put this manuscript in a “flameproof” bank vault in San Francisco. That vault—and this manuscript—burned in the devastating fire that erupted in the wake of the 1906 earthquake. We got the charred manuscript—along with some other pretty great London items—from his widow back in the 1920s, and our curators have never removed this delicate charred work from its metal box. And now it’s going on view in our newly reimagined, redesigned, and reinstalled Library Exhibition Hall, opening this Saturday (Nov. 9). COME CHECK IT OUT.
|—||Marilyn Harris - child actress who played the little girl in “Frankenstein” (1931)|
“I’ve had enough… I don’t want to be remembered as somebody who couldn’t do nothin’ but take her clothes off. I want somethin’ real now.”
Clara Bow (d. September 27, 1965), on retiring from films in 1933.
Buster Keaton’s Recipe For His Famous Pork Pie Hats (in his own words):
1 Stetson Hat
3 Heaping Teaspoons of granulated sugar
1 Teacup Warm Water
Mix water and sugar. Wet the top and bottom of the brim. Smooth it out on a clean, hard surface. Allow to dry until stiff.
I did the early ones myself myself, always - and then I trained my wife.
(The first one was created in 1917 for “The Butcher’s Boy”)
Happy Birthday, Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton - (October 4th, 1895 - February 6th, 1966)
|—||Harold Lloyd to Buster Keaton, on his move to MGM in 1928 (via fyeah-haroldlloyd)|
The Bradbury Mansion in Los Angeles, CA - Occupied for years by various film companies and onetime home to Hal Roach’s Rollin Film Company. It was so drafty that Harold Lloyd dubbed it “Pneumonia Hall”. c. (Sadly, it was demolished in 1929).
Charles Dickens reads to his daughters Mamie and Kate in the garden at Gad’s Hill, Kent. 1865
Happy Birthday Lucille Désiréé Ball!
(August 6, 1911 - April 26, 1989)
"On an August the sixth, this world of ours took little note then but will long, long remember. Be proud Lucy of your legacy, very proud. Be aware as you sit here among your grateful friends, the sun never sets on Lucille Ball."
-Sammy Davis Jr.
Nickelodeons were the early motion-picture theaters, so named because admission typically cost a nickel. Nickelodeons offered continuous showings of one- and two-reel films, lasting from 15 minutes to one hour and accompanied by a piano. The success of the Pittsburgh nickelodeon established in 1905 by Harry Davis made it the model for their rapid proliferation throughout the U.S. By 1910 they numbered 10,000, fueling a huge demand for silent films and projection equipment and providing the impetus for the development of the modern motion-picture industry.[*] The heyday of the Nickelodeon lasted less than 10 years. When the studios began making feature-length films, theaters were charged higher rentals. Admission prices climbed to 10-cents or more. Larger, more ornate theaters were built, complete with balconies, carpeting and even proscenium arches. One by one, the nickelodeons either went out of businesses or were renovated to accommodate larger, more sophisticated crowds.[*]
Harold Lloyd and Bebe Daniels in “Look Out Below” (1919) - The first of Lloyd’s silent “thrill” comedies, and filmed beside the Hill Street balustrade in downtown Los Angeles. In the film, the railing wasn’t visible, thus giving the illusion that they were several stories above the ground.
Get well notes from Mildred Davis and Bebe Daniels to Harold Lloyd after the bomb accident on August 24th, 1919 which permanently injured his right hand.
Jobyna Ralston and Harold Lloyd sit in John Aasen’s lap - 1923
John Aasen was 8’ 4” and played the giant in Harold Lloyd’s “Why Worry” (1923)
Mildred Davis and Harold Lloyd smooch in the finale of “Safety Last” (1923)
Mildred Davis had a terrible fear of heights, and was very afraid to do the scene, so Harold sweetened the deal by giving her a beautiful diamond brooch as an incentive. There were also two men holding her ankles, out of camera range, to make her feel more secure.