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Ruth Etting This Photo of Ruth Etting was taken by Alfred Cheney Johnston, the official photographer of the Ziegfeld Follies and was taken in 1923. Ruth Etting (November 23, 1896 September 24, 1978) was an American singing star of the 1930s, who had over sixty hit recordings . . . as well as a quite colorful life: In 1937 she fell in love with her pianist, Myrl Alderman, who was consequently shot by her husband, Moe Snyder but survived. Snyder was jailed for the assault, and Etting divorced him on November 30, 1937. She married Alderman in December 1938, but the scandal effectively ended her career. . . today, she would just be MORE famous . .
Tags: glamour  photo  ruth  etting  singer  ziegfeld  follies  actress  roman  scandals  giftsof  gab  hips  hips  hooray 
Added: 16th August 2007
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Posted By: Teresa
OLD HOHNER HARMONICAS Hohner has probably made a bjillion harmonicas since 1896. This one, called 'The Up to Date,' was made sometime before 1945.
Tags: Harmonica  Hohner  instrument 
Added: 17th August 2007
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Posted By: jimmyjet
Connie Mack 1927 Baseball scholars will recognize the man on the cover of Time Magazine as Connie Mack, baseball's grand patriarch and most enduring manager. Born Cornelius McGillicuddy, Mack, a former catcher, managed the Pittsburgh Pirates for three seasons (1894 thorugh 1896) and the Philadelphia Athletics for 50 seasons (1901 through 1950) for the astonishing total of 7,755 games managed! The fact that he owned the Athletics ensured he never got fired. His teams fluctuated from greatness to ineptitude largely because he was reluctant to pay big salaries to keep his star players. (His 1931 Athletics won 107 of 154 games. In contrast, Mack's 1916 Athletics won just 36 games.) Mack never wore a uniform on the bench, always a business suit. Much beloved by the baseball establishment, Mack was once quoted as saying he preferred his teams to start well but finish in fourth place. That way he would make a profit for the season but his players couldn't demand raises!
Tags: Connie  Mack  baseball 
Added: 16th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
1920 Olympic Games Poster This is a poster advertising the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. Antwerp was awarded the 1920 Olympics largely for sentimental reasons. It had been the first war-ravaged country during the Great War. (It is interesting to note that Germany was not invited to participate in these Olympics.) Of all the official posters made for the modern Olympic Games since they were revived in 1896, this one appeals to me the most.
Tags: 1920  Olympic  Games  poster 
Added: 29th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
New York City 1896 Here is 40 seconds of ancient archival film footage. It was shot in New York City in 1896. This is the intersection of Broadway and Union Square.
Tags: New  York  City  1896 
Added: 23rd December 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Kiss 1896 Another famous early film was The Kiss (1896) starring May Irwin and John C. Rice. The two were actually performing a scene from a play titled The Widow Jones. Some newspapers of the day thought this 20-second film was too raunchy.
Tags: The  Kiss  May  Irwin  John  Rice 
Added: 24th December 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Tzar Nicholas II Coronation 1896 Here's a treat for you history buffs: This is actual footage of the coronation of the last Russian tzar, Nicholas II, in May 1896. (It might be the oldest newsreel footage in existence!)
Tags: Tzar  Nicholas  coronation 
Added: 20th May 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
First Automobile Fatality 1896 On August 17, 1896, Mrs. Bridget Driscoll, age 44, became the first recorded autombile fatality. She stepped off a curb in the Crystal Palace section of London, England and was struck by a demonstration car travelling 4 miles per hour driven by Arthur Edsel. (Really! That was his true name!) She was knocked to the ground and suffered a severe head injury which killed her. At the inquest following Mrs. Driscoll's untimely death, the cause was ruled to be an accident and Edsel was absolved of all blame. Coroner William Percy Morrison stated that he hoped such a tragic mishap would never happen again.
Tags: first  automobile  death 
Added: 14th July 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
1896 Five-Dollar Silver Certificate Controversy A new series of $1, $2 and $5 banknotes were printed by the U.S. government in 1896. Known to collectors as the "educational series," the banknotes used classical art motifs to promote advancements in science. For example, the $5 silver certificate's design (shown below) highlighted the new importance that electricity brought to modern society. However, the naked breasts on the female figures sent some prudish folks into a tizzy. Some merchants and bankers in Boston considered the $5 bills to be obscene and refused to accept them--thus creating the term 'banned in Boston.' Despite the controversy, many banknote collectors consider the 1896 series to be the most beautiful ever produced by the U.S. government.
Tags: 1896  banknotes  numismatics  controversy 
Added: 17th July 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Canadian Five-Dollar Spock Banknotes Since at least 2009, pranksters in Canada have been 'Spock-ing' $5 banknotes as an ongoing practical joke. The portrait on the Canadian $5 bill actually is of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, who served as Canada's prime minister from 1896 to 1911. Someone apparently realized there was a resemblance between Laurier and Mr. Spock from Star Trek. With a pencil or a black marker and a little artistic talent...Voila! You have a Spock-ed $5 bill! It is not a crime to deface Canadian banknotes, but officials at the Bank of Canada advise against it as it may make merchants reluctant to accept such bills and some people may find the gag disrespectful. Although there have been reports of renewed interest in the Spock-ed fives because of the recent death of Leonard Nimoy, the practice is doomed to extinction. The Bank of Canada unveiled a new-look $5 note in 2013 that uses a frontal view of Laurier's face rather than the more Spock-able profile. Moreover, the new $5 bills are printed on polymer--a surface which makes drawing on them more difficult.
Tags: Mr  Spock  Wilfrid  Laurier  Canadian  fives  currency  prank 
Added: 3rd March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964

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