Monday, May 20, 2013

But Watch My Smoke When I Get Going -- May 20, 2013

After he left Mack Sennett, Harry Langdon's first feature on a lucrative First National contract was Tramp Tramp Tramp, the story of cross-country walking race.  This ad is from the 04-March-1926 Film Daily. It is the second of a series of cross-country ads to parallel the race. Yesterday he was in Philadelphia and today he is in Pittsburgh.  Notice that the sign leaves off the "H", which was common in the first part of the Twentieth Century.  Pittsburgh's primary features are smokestacks and pollution.  My dad remembered visiting relatives in Pittsburgh and sitting on the porch watching soot settle on the rails.  Next stop, Detroit. 

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