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Theda Bara - Forgotten Movie Star Theda Bara is a largely forgotten movie star for two reasons: Her career ended in 1926 so she did not make a single sound film, and most of her 40 feature films were lost in a 1937 studio vault fire. Although she was born in Cincinnati in 1885, studio publicists tried to make her ancestry more exotic than it really was. At one point Bara was listed as being born in a Middle Eastern desert to French and Arabian parents. Bara's faux first name was either a childhood nickname or an anagram of the word 'death'--depending on which fan magazine you read. Her birth name was Theodosia Burr Goodman. Be that as it may, Bara became very famous for her portrayal of Cleopatra in a 1917 feature film. She wore a risque costume and described herself as a 'vamp'--an abbreviation of the word vampire. Only a few seconds of her breakthrough performance survives. She declared she would continue playing vamps 'as long as people sin.' After getting married in 1921, Bara only made two more films before retiring five years later. She died of stomach cancer in 1955 at age 69. Only four of her films are known to exist.
Tags: Theda  Bara  silent  films  star  vamp  Cleopatra 
Added: 23rd June 2015
Views: 752
Posted By: Lava1964
Gain Weight Skinny Girls From sometime in the 1930s (I think) this print ad promotes a product called Ironized Yeast to help self-conscious skinny girls put on a few pounds to make them more desirable to men.
Tags: ad  skinny  girls 
Added: 22nd June 2015
Views: 955
Posted By: Lava1964
Pot Of Beans Thrown At Prince William July 10, 1910 a pot of beans was thrown at Prince Frederick William missing him and striking a police officer. The writing style of reporters have certainly changed!
Tags: July  10,  1910  pot  of  beans  rince  Frederick  William  crazy  woman  Grenadier  Guards  policeman  wound  maniac   
Added: 20th June 2015
Views: 456
Posted By: Steve
Reporting Changes From 1910 I own a local reporting website in the Bridgeport CT area called DoingItLocal.com and started researching papers from an earlier era. This was 1910 and the writing style sure was different!
Tags: The  Bridgeport  Farmer  Imbecile  mentally  challenged  insane  man  425  Hancock  Avenue  Bridgeport  CT  shanty 
Added: 20th June 2015
Views: 558
Posted By: Steve
Polio Ward Photo This photo from the 1930s shows a hospital's polio ward where children were placed in iron lungs to assist their breathing. Polio epidemics were a frequent occurrence in the first half of the 20th century in industrialized countries. They were actually a strange bi-product of affluence. By the beginning of the 20th century, a significant amount of babies were being born in the antiseptic conditions of hospitals rather than at home. This meant that many infants were not exposed to the polio virus and thus did not build up an immunity to it. Therefore when they were exposed to it later in life, they were vulnerable. Although the disease mostly afflicted children, adults were not necessarily immune. (President Franklin Roosevelt was crippled by polio at age 39.) The polio virus moved from one person to the next via human bodily fluids. Children who sneezed and coughed were the main culprits. The first symptoms varied. Sometime people had runny noses, sore throats, or aches. However, the minor discomforts could quickly change to partial paralysis if it struck one's central nervous system. Whenever a major polio outbreak hit, many public facilities such as swimming pools and parks would shut down. The last major outbreak occurred in 1952. By the mid-1950s the Salk and Saban vaccines had done much to eradicate the virus from North America.
Tags: polio  ward  photo 
Added: 16th June 2015
Views: 598
Posted By: Lava1964
Bedroom of WWI Soldier Unchanged Since 1918 In October 2014, a French publication reported on a remarkable tribute to one of France's fallen soldiers from the First World War. A home in Belabre, a small central French village, contains a young man's bedroom that has remained unchanged since its occupant died in the final year of the Great War. Dragoon officer Hubert Rochereau was killed in Belgium on April 26, 1918. His grieving parents, as a tribute to their late son, left his room exactly as it was the last time he set foot in it. Over the years the house has changed ownership numerous times, but each new owner has kept the promise not to alter the bedroom's appearance that accompanied the original sales agreement made by the Rocherau family--although it is completely unenforceable by law. The room contains several articles of clothing, photographs, books, and other personal effects. The mayor of Belabre hopes the recent publicity surrounding the bedroom will eventually lead to the house being converted into a museum.
Tags: bedroom  WWI  soldier  France 
Added: 14th June 2015
Views: 717
Posted By: Lava1964
Judy Garland - Zing Went The Strings of My Heart In 1935, 13-year-old Judy Garland sang Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart in her audition for MGM. Apparently the audition went well. He she is three years later performing it in the 1938 film Listen, Darling.
Tags: Judy  Garland  MGM  Zing  Went  the  Strings  of  My  Heart 
Added: 10th June 2015
Views: 862
Posted By: Lava1964
1917 Blackboards Uncovered In June 2015 workers doing renovations at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City, OK made a remarkable discovery. When they removed the old-style blackboards to replace them with modern "smart boards" they found that four older blackboards, last used in 1917, were hidden behind them. They were wonderfully preserved. They contained beautifully written cursive handwriting for a lesson about the Pilgrims, arithmetic exercises, a music lesson, and some very good drawings to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. They had been signed and dated by the school's janitor, the last one bearing the date 'December 4th, 1917.' It is suspected that the janitor left the old blackboards as they were as a something akin to a time capsule and then installed the new blackboards on top of them. School officials say the blackboards will be preserved for their historic value.
Tags: 1917  blackboards  found  school  Oklahoma 
Added: 9th June 2015
Views: 848
Posted By: Lava1964
Mark Twain in Teslas Laboratory 1894 Tags: Mark  Twain  in  Teslas  Laboratory  Nikola  Tesla   
Added: 6th June 2015
Views: 464
Posted By: Old Fart
Funeral of Queen Victoria - 1901 When Great Britain's Queen Victoria died at age 81 in 1901, it marked the end of a record reign lasting more than 63 years. Some historians claim the end of the Victorian Era also was the end of the heyday of the British Empire. Here is British Pathe's newsreel footage of Victoria's funeral cortege. Look at the enormous crowds lining the route.
Tags: Queen  Victoria  British  royalty  funeral 
Added: 4th June 2015
Views: 503
Posted By: Lava1964

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