Happy birthday to Christopher Robin Milne!
In 1950, Milne’s childhood stuffed animals, which served as the inspiration for his father A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories, paid a visit to DC Public Library’s Central Library where they were exhibited for several months, as pictured above. In 1987, the animals were given permanently to nypl. #tbt
Exhibit photo from the DC Public Library Archives in Washingtoniana.
I feel that it’s an honor to continue to do this blog, and in keeping with Harold Lloyd’s good manners and humility, you will never read any criticism or rude words about his peers here. Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel, Charlie Chaplin and other peers of his from the silent era and beyond, all had…
Coney Island at night in Harold Lloyd’s Speedy (1928)
A pair of fires in 1944 damaged Luna Park, destroying much of it. It was not rebuilt and did not open for the 1945 season. After a legal battle and a third fire in 1946, the land was used for other purposes. This film contains a lot of wonderful footage of the famous amusement park in the 1920s, with it’s rides and other attractions, which was located on Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City from 1903 - 1944.
DURHAM COTTAGE, HOME TO LAURENCE OLIVIER AND VIVIEN LEIGH FOR 20 YEARS, IS AT RISK OF BEING DEMOLISHED OR DEVELOPED ON IF IT SELLS AT AUCTION.
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Composer John Philip Sousa, hands over his baton to Charlie Chaplin - 1916.
Though 27 years old, Charlie Chaplin looks like a teenager.
Harold Lloyd c. 1919
Photo by Albert Witzel (It was at this portrait sitting at the Witzel studios, and in a different pose that the infamous “prop” bomb exploded, landing Lloyd in the hospital and permanently injuring/disfiguring his right hand).
The Rolin Film Company, founded by Hal Roach in the Bradbury Mansion at the corner of Court Street and Hill Street in Los Angeles - 1915
Harold Lloyd started his climb to fame at this studio. It was so drafty, that he dubbed it “Pneumonia Hall”. Sadly, it was demolished in 1929.
The birth of movie merchandising
The Lost World is believed to be one of the first films to have a product tie-in. The movie was released in 1925, at the height of a “puzzle craze" in the United States, and plans were quickly drawn up to bring the two together.
While today we are all too familiar with the merchandising associated with films (usually the big blockbusters) watching the sincere and up front use of it in The Lost World’s promo film is almost sweet compared to today’s more subtle and sneaky product placement. Today, even films that don’t seem like they’d lend themselves naturally to merchandising still seem to find a way.
Watch: Into the Archives of Animation →
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) also had make-up, candy, and even shoe tie-ins during its initial release.
R.I.P. Carla Laemmle (October 20th, 1909 - June 12th, 2014)
Among the guests at her 100th birthday party in 2009 were Ray Bradbury, Bela Lugosi Jr., Sara Karloff, and Ron Chaney.
Carla Laemmle c. 1920’s - (October 20th, 1909 - June 12th, 2014) R.I.P.
The beautiful niece of producer Carl Laemmle, who made her (uncredited) film debut in The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) as a ballet dancer. Her book entitled “Growing Up With Monsters” details her times at Universal studios from 1921 to 1937, has a foreword by Ray Bradbury, and is full of wonderful anecdotes, illustrations and photographs which document the era. Hers is the first voice heard in “Dracula” 1931), in an uncredited role as a bespectaled passenger in the coach which is carrying Renfield to Dracula’s castle. May she rest in peace, and I hope someone writes a book about this lovely lady, who lived to the age of 104, and truly was there at the beginning of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Vivien Leigh’s early passport.
Height: 5’3 1/2”
Harold Lloyd dances with his daughter Gloria - 1943
Husband goes above and beyond the call of duty for wife during Downtown Dollar Days in Los Angeles, CA - September, 1933
75 Years ago today, the New York World’s Fair opened. (1939)
Covering over 1200 acres in Flushing Meadows, the New York World’s Fair of 1939 showcased the latest in technological and scientific advances, as well as exhibits from 60 countries, including Soviet Russia.
Some of the most notable displays included the Futurama, a massive model of the world of 1960, RCA’s television sets, Borden’s fully automatic milking parlor (which introduced Elsie the cow), the Westinghouse time capsule, Electro the Moto-Man, and even hosted the very first sc-fi convention. In addition to the technological, educational and social purpose exhibits, the fair included a massive midway that was described as “The greatest amusement park ever…. at least until Disneyland”. This amusement area featured a roller coaster, the Lifesavers Parachute Drop (which still stands in Coney Island), and rather shockingly, an array of shows featuring topless girls - including one designed by Salvador Dali.
More posts on the fair to come!