Friday, May 22, 2015

News of the Week May 22, 1915 -- May 22, 2015


The 22-May-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.


"The liner 'Lusitania' leaving New York on her last voyage.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial." On 01-May-1915, Cunard liner RMS Lusitania sailed for Britain.  The German embassy in Washington DC placed an ad warning that the ship was liable to be sunk:
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com/2015/05/lusitania-warning-may-1-2015.html
On 07-May-1915, U-20 torpedoed and sank Lusitania near the coast of Ireland:  
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com/2015/05/great-liner-lusitania-torpedoed-and.html

"King Victor of Italy reviews his troops in the city of Rome.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News." Italy was neutral until 23-May-1915, when it declared war on Austria-Hungary.  Victor Emmanuel III is looking at a troop of Bersaglieri, who wear feathers in their hats and jog rather than march. 


"Heavy guns being loaded in Paris for shipment to the front.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News." I don't know what gun that is.  Since they call it heavy, I assume it is bigger than a 75. 

"Chancellor von Bethmann-Holweg and Prince Wilhelm honor Bismarck at Berlin.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial." Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg was the German Chancellor.  I think he is in uniform.  I don't see Wilhelm the Crown Prince and his son Wilhelm was too young to be one of these men. 


"U. S. torpedo boat destroyer "Tucker" is launched at Quincy, Massachusetts.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial." USS Tucker (DD-57) was a destroyer which served the Navy and the Coast Guard until 1936. 

"A naval and military parade at Norfolk, Virginia.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News." Naval Station Norfolk is a key part of the economy of the area. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

1924 Hispano-Suiza Model HBC Tulipwood Torpedo -- May 21, 2015



We visited the Blackhawk Museum in June, 2013 to drool over their collection of classic autos.  Here is another view of the 1924 Hispano-Suiza Model HBC, which has a torpedo body built by Nieuport, the airplane manufacturer for André Dubonnet, of the aperitif-making family.   He wanted an extra-light body suitable for racing or travel, so the frame of the body is covered with strips of thin tulipwood.  (051/dsc_0103)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Señorita Rio -- May 19, 2015

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The cover of Fight Comics number 47, from December, 1946, featured a cover drawn by Lily Renee, one of the rare female comic book artists in the early industry.  Her character, Señorita Rio, was beautiful and fun.  Fiction House comics were famous for having lovely women on the covers.  Notice that, in a reversal of usual practice, the man is in peril and the woman is defending him. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Two Fairs for One Fare -- May 17, 2015

Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 9, 1915
With expositions in both San Francisco and San Diego dedicated to the newly opened Panama Canal, and with tourism to Europe cut off, railroads like the Santa Fe tried hard to get people to take the train.  I like the "Two Fairs for One Fare" slogan.  I'm not sure why they claimed to be the "Only Line to Both Expositions."  Southern Pacific went to both. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

B. B. King RIP -- May 16, 2015

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B. B. King, often called "The King of the Blues", has passed on.  He had a powerful way of playing the guitar. 


Friday, May 15, 2015

News of the Week May 15, 1915 -- May 15, 2015


The 15-May-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.


"English and Belgian prisoners of war interned in Holland.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly." Holland stayed neutral during World War One.  Perhaps these prisoners escaped from German captivity to Holland.  Holland would have interned them until the end of the war. 

"Fire sweeps Boston factory causing much damage.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  I have not been able to identify this fire. 


"Vincent Astor's safety first hydroaeroplane.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  Vincent Astor flew the unique Burgess-Dunne airplane, which had swept wings and no tail. 

"A scene of desolation on main road to Paris, near Revigney, France.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  Revigny is a small town in eastern France. 


"New York City police department holds its annual parade.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  The parade was held in late April on Fifth Avenue. 

"Turkish forces take up positions along the Dardanelles.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  This was early in the Gallipoli campaign. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Film Preservation Blogathon IV -- May 13, 2015


Over at my movie blog, The Big V Riot Squad (http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/), I am participating in the The Film Preservation Blogathon IV, hosted by Ferdy on Films (http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/ -- Wednesday, Thursday), This Island Rod (http://thisislandrod.blogspot.com/ -- Friday, Saturday) and Wonders in the Dark (https://wondersinthedark.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/film-preservation-blogathon-anchors-at-wonders-in-the-dark/-- Sunday).  The theme this time is science fiction, and the organizers hope to raise $10,000 to restore and stream a 1918 one-reel comedy, "Cupid in Quarantine."   


My post is about a science fiction western, The Miracle Rider, a Mascot serial starring Tom Mix:
Idol of Every Boy in the World
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/2015/05/idol-of-every-boy-in-world-may-13-2015.html