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Biograph Girl Florence Lawrence Canadian born Florence Lawrence was America's first big movie star--but no one knew her name. During the first decade of the twentieth century, movie companies did not publicize their actors' names in order to keep their salaries down. Florence Lawrence made dozens of films for D.W. Griffith's Biograph Company and became the studio's most noteworthy star. Nevertheless she remained anonymous. Known to her fans only as 'the Biograph girl,' she was earning just $25 per week. When she left Biograph in 1910 to join the newly formed IMP company, her new studio started a false rumor that she had been killed in a streetcar accident in St. Louis. It then announced that 'the Biograph girl' was Florence Lawrence. She was alive and well and about to star in a new film for IMP. This was likely the first Hollywood publicity stunt. Lawrence appeared in more than 300 films, but her popularity waned almost as quickly as it had grown. By the 1920s she had only uncredited bit roles and was earning $75 per week. The Great Depression ruined her finanacially and she endured three unhappy marriages. In December 1938, a week before 53rd birthday, Lawrence committed suicide by ingesting ant paste.
Tags: Florence  Lawrence  Biograph  girl 
Added: 4th March 2008
Views: 925
Posted By: Lava1964
Shirley Temple Early Bird Shirley Temple sings 'Early Bird' in the film Captain January (1936).
Tags: Shirley  Temple  Early  Bird 
Added: 3rd March 2008
Views: 1008
Posted By: Lava1964
The First Remote Controlled TV
Tags: The  First  Remote  Controlled  TV  RCA      Color      TV      Remote      Control      Wireless      Wizard     
Added: 2nd March 2008
Views: 872
Posted By: Cliffy
Philo T. Farnsworth Inventor of TV Tags: philo      farnsworth      television      video      technology      game      show      science      history      invention      breakthrough      quantum      leap      electronic     
Added: 2nd March 2008
Views: 765
Posted By: pfc
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire 1911 On March 25, 1911, 146 employees of the Triangle Shrtwaist Company in New York City--mostly female Jewish immigrants--perished when fire engulfed their factory. Death came in many hideous ways: Some workers were trampled to death in the panic. Others suffocated on the smoke-filled ninth floor. More than 50 chose to jump to their deaths rather than burn once they discovered the emergency doors had been locked by their employer to keep them from leaving work early. Though nearly forgotten today, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire was responsible for many fire safety regulations and labor laws that exist today.
Tags: Triangle  Shirtwaist  Factory  Fire 
Added: 2nd March 2008
Views: 1003
Posted By: Lava1964
Remembering Obsolete Things Here is a great link for things we use to do but just forgot about: http://obsoleteskills.com/Skills/Skills
Tags: Remembering  Obsolete  Things 
Added: 1st March 2008
Views: 900
Posted By: Old Fart
FDR Assassination Attempt 1933 In February 1933, less than three weeks before being sworn in as the chief executive of the United States, president-elect Franklin Roosevelt survived an assassination attempt in Miami. Unfortunately, Chicago's mayor Anton Cernak, was struck by a shot intended for Roosevelt. He died of his wounds. The assassin said he didn't personally dislike Roosevelt. He just hated all rich people.
Tags: FDR  assassination  attempt  Miami 
Added: 26th February 2008
Views: 1658
Posted By: Lava1964
Frances Folsom Cleveland Reputed to be America's most attractive American First Lady, Frances Folsom was the wife of Grover Cleveland. Cleveland was a bachelor when he became president in 1885. He married Folsom in 1886 when he was 49 and she was not quite 22, making her the youngest First Lady ever. (Attaboy, Grover!) Her father, Herbert Folsom, had been Cleveland's best friend. When Herbert died in 1875, Cleveland became the executor of his estate and 11-year-old Frances became Cleveland's ward. That Cleveland's relationship with Frances eventually evolved from guardian to romantic interest would likely be considered scandalous today, but little was made of it in 1886. They had a happy 22-year marriage that ended with the former president's death in 1908. She died in 1947.
Tags: Frances  Folsom  Cleveland 
Added: 24th February 2008
Views: 1114
Posted By: Lava1964
First World War Draft Begins On July 20, 1917, a blindfolded Secretary of War, Newton D. Baker, drew a random number from a fish bowl. This number determined the first American draftees for the First World War.
Tags: First  World  War  Draft 
Added: 24th February 2008
Views: 674
Posted By: Lava1964

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