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Will Hays Comes to Hollywood (The American Magazine, 1922)

This short notice is about Will Hays, an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, who was hired to be the conscience of the "Dream Factory" in 1922; he rode into Hollywood on the heels of a number of well-publicized scandals vowing to sober the place up. Widely believed to be a moral man, the Hays office was located in New York City - far from the ballyhoo of Hollywood. Hays' salary was paid by the producers and distributors in the movie business and although he promised to shame the film colony into making wholesome productions, he was also the paid apologist of the producers.

 

Helena Rubenstein on Youth, Beauty and Commerce (The American Magazine, 1922)

Prior to the creation of cosmetic surgery, with odd procedures like tummy tucks and butt lifts, there was Helena Rubenstein (1871 - 1965), who had a long and stunning career in the cosmetic business and who is remembered for once having said:

"There are no ugly women, only lazy ones."

In this interesting 1922 interview, the matron saint of cosmetics made some very bright remarks on the issue of beauty, glamor and vanity.

 

1920s Road Rage (The American Magazine, 1927)

"Is it possible for a person to drive an automobile and remain a human being?"

"Do gasoline and courtesy mix?"

"Can you tell me why Ottis Throckmorton Whoozies, secretary of the Golden Rule Society, will smile sweetly, lift his hat and say graciously, 'I beg your pardon. I'm really awfully sorry. Please excuse me,' when he accidentally steps on a strange woman's foot in a theater lobby, yet will lean out and make faces at his own grandmother if she fails to slow up her flivver and allow him to 'cut in' on a congested highway?"

"There's something about a windshield that distorts a man's outlook on life."

Click here to read about Lincoln, the joke teller.

 

The Re-Education of German Prisoners of War (The American Magazine, 1946)

During the earliest days of 1944, the U.S. Army's Special Projects Division of the Office of the Provost Marshal General was established in order to take on the enormous task of re-educating 360,000 German prisoners of war. Even before the Allies had landed in France it was clear to them that the Germans would soon be blitzkrieging back to the Fatherland and in order to make smooth the process of rebuilding that nation, a few Germans would be required who understood the virtues of democracy. In order to properly see the job through, two schools were set up at Fort Getty, Rhode Island and Fort Eustis, Virginia.

 

The Extraordinary Story of Eugene O'Neill (The American Magazine, 1922)

A marvelous interview with the thirty-four year old playwright, Eugene O'Neill (1888 1953) -coincidentally published just as it seemed his stock was on the rise.

Click here to read a 1930s article about Eugene O'Neill.

 

Harold Lloyd: The Man, The Cornball (The American Magazine, 1922)

An in-depth interview with the great silent film comedian Harold Lloyd (1893 1971) accompanied by a seldom seen picture of the man WITHOUT his glasses (he didn't really need them).

One blogger read the attached article and wrote the following:

"I've never read this before - it's great. It's always good to hear Harold's own thoughts on his films; I enjoyed his description of the stunt he did in on top of the locomotive at the mouth of an approaching tunnel in the film "Now or Never". It's a spectacularly funny gag, but we sometimes forget the effort that went into these scenes; Harold was one comedy star who was prepared to suffer for his art!"

*Watch a Harold Lloyd Film Clip*

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald at Twenty-Five (The American Magazine, 1922)

At the peak of his fame, F. Scott Fitzgerald penned this opinion piece for a popular U.S. magazine:

"For one thing, I do not like old people - They are always talking about their "experience," and very few of them have any! - But it is the old folks that run the world; so they try to hide the fact that only young people are attractive or important."

 

 
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