Friday, October 9, 2015

News of the Week October 9, 1915 -- October 9, 2015

The 09-October-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

"Harry K. Thaw arrives in San Francisco after cross country drive.  Copyright 1915, by Mutual Weekly."  Harry Kendall Thaw was the son of a rich industrialist.  Harry had mental problems.  On 25-June-1906 he murdered architect Stanford White, who had been involved with Evelyn Nesbit, Thaw's wife, who had been a chorus girl and a model.  He was found not guilty because he was legally insane.

"Pageant to raise money for university at Dallas, Texas.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  Perhaps this has something to do with Southern Methodist University, which opened on 22-September-1915.  The school immediately launched a campaign throughout the south to raise $1,000,000 for its permanent endowment.

"Wreckers board schooner dismantled by hurricane, Key West, Fla.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  Galveston, Texas got wrecked by a hurricane.  It must have been a bad season.

"World's biggest jack-knife bridge constructed at Chicago, Ill.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."   I'm not sure which bridge this is.  Chicago has a lot of bascule bridges.

"Solemn ceremonies at burial of victims of Submarine E-13 sunk by Germans.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  HMS E13 ran aground in Denmark and was attacked by German torpedo boats.  The Germans kept firing at the men in the water after the British abandoned ship.  14 men were killed and one was missing. 

"Scene of dynamite explosion at Ybor City, Fla.  Copyright 1915, by Mutual Weekly."  A saloon blew up on 11-September-1915.  It cold have been related to labor unrest. 

John Lennon 75 -- October 9, 2015

Happy 75th birthday to the late John Lennon, who was the favorite Beatle of many people.  I went to school with people who tried to look and dress like him.  Many of them made fun of me.  Despite that, I have always liked his music.
He could draw and write poetry and act and sing and play and write music.  Despite his many talents, people always seemed to be trying to tear him down.  I recently read an essay claiming he wasn't a very good musician.  People get jealous.
He certainly did bad and selfish things, but so have lots of other artists, and other human beings.
I suppose some of the disdain comes from people who don't like Yoko Ono.  But I remember when that jerk murdered him.  I saw people more hurt and upset by the death of Elvis Beatle than they were when Elvis Presley died.

Ringo Starr is my favorite Beatle:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Southern Pacific Makes Travel Carefree and Enjoyable for Theatrical People -- October 7, 2015

Variety, 20-December-1932

I have always loved the Southern Pacific's sunset logo.  Here the company offered its services to theatrical people. Vaudeville and the "legitimate" stage probably could not have operated as they did without the railroads. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

El Gran Houdini -- October 5, 2015

Cine-Mundial, August, 1918

Escapologist Harry Houdini wanted to expand his exposure to the public, so he began to appear in movies starting in 1918 with the serial The Master Mystery. It was shown around the world. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Feast of Saint Francis, 2015 -- October 4, 2015

Benny Bufano's "Saint Francis on Horseback" stands at Hillsdale Mall.  Saint Francis was one of Benny's favorite subjects. 

Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon of St. Francis of Assisi

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord, All praise is Yours, all glory, all honour and all blessings.

To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.

Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
And fair and stormy, all weather's moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.

Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water,
So useful, humble, precious and pure.

Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You my Lord through our Sister,
Mother Earth
who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon for love of You and bear sickness and trial.

Blessed are those who endure in peace, By You Most High, they will be crowned.

Praised be You, my Lord through Sister Death,
from whom no-one living can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Blessed are they She finds doing Your Will.

No second death can do them harm. Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks,
And serve Him with great humility.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Birds Are Flying South -- October 3, 2015
Aviation was a hot topic in 1927 after Charles Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic.  the cover of the 24-November-1927 shows what appears to be a well-off lady heading south for the winter, like a migratory bird.  The original Life Magazine was a humorous weekly that was published from 1883 to 1936.

Congratulations to Matt Duffy, the first rookie to win the Willie Mac award.  Many previous recipients were at the ballpark, along with Willie McCovey, who is in a wheelchair. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

News of the Week October 2, 1915 -- October 2, 2015

The 02-October-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

 "English and French commissioners seek loan for allies.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  The Allies depended on US loans to continue buying US food and material.

"Famous warship Portmouth set on fire to get iron from hull.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  USS Portsmouth was a sloop of war launched in 1843.  She served in the Mexican War and the Civil War.  On 09-July-1846 a detachment of her marines raised the US flag in the plaza of Yerba Buena, now called San Francisco.  The plaza is called Portsmouth Square.  After serving as a training ship and a quarantine ship, she was burned in Boston on 06-07-September-1915.

"Sant' Anna leaving New York for Italy.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  Italian reservists headed back to Italy on the French liner Sant Anna, which had been launched in 1912.  She became a troopship in 1915.  Sant Anna caught fire on 12-September-1915 in mid-Atlantic.  People suspected German sabotage.  She made it to Europe.  She was torpedoed in the Mediterranean on 11-May-1918.  605 died. 

"Dr. Dumba, Austria-Hungary Ambassador, leaving the Embassy.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  The Ambassador tried to foment trouble among his nationals working in US steel plants.  He said that they could prosecuted for helping the enemy. 

"Envoys from the allies arrive in New York to negotiate big loan.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  I assume these are the same men seen in the first photo. 

"President Wilson throws out the first ball, at opening of baseball park.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  I'm guessing this is the opening of Braves Field in August.  On 09-October-1915, Wilson became the first president throw out the first ball at a World Series game, when the Boston Red Sox played the Philadelphia Phillies at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia.  Wilson was a big baseball fan.