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How Many Americans Had Cars in the 1920s? (Current Opinion, 1922)

The post-World War I American economy was humming along quite nicely when an inquisitive journalist took notice as to how many more cars there were on the streets (all told, there were 7.5 million). Perhaps there were no written studies documenting what we now call 'the order of durable goods' - that dependable yardstick we use to measure American opulence, and so this investigative journalist came up with a different way of figuring out just how many cars Americans could purchase -and we're mighty glad he did!


One Thousand Nasty Remarks About Silent Films (The English Review, 1922)

A much admired theatrical set designer was the author of this column - he was devoted to his craft and believed deeply that movies could only lead society to the lowest place. Yet he also recognized that theater could never compete with film, and that was the reason for his lament. The fact that such a high art form could be so easily unseated by something as base as "moving pictures" outraged and depressed him. His article makes for good reading.




Anticipating Elizabeth II (Literary Digest, 1937)

When Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated in 1937, thus interrupting the line of succession within the Windsor household, all eyes quickly settled on his younger brother George as he made ready for his coronation. It was natural that numerous articles began to also appear concerning George's eldest daughter Elizabeth, and to openly muse as to what sort of a monarch she would one day be. Yet what seemed most unnatural in journalistic circles took place five years earlier when King George V still ruled - in the VANITY FAIR issue of November, 1932, (page 42) the editors of that society rag were so smitten by the six-year-old Elizabeth that they took it upon themselves to predict that regardless of her place in the hierarchy, Elizabeth would one day be "Queen of England and Empress of India." (!)

The attached column makes no reference whatever to VANITY FAIR's foray into clairvoyance and simply served to introduce the future queen to the readers of North America.


The Party-Approved Foreign Movie in Soviet Russia (Photoplay, 1937)

Saturday night in the proletarian's paradise: so much to do! If you wanted to take your date to a Russian movie you could go to "Battleship Potemkin", or you could take her to "Battleship Potemkin", or to "Battleship Potemkin"! On the other hand, you might choose a foreign movie that was approved by the all-knowing Soviet apparatchik, and in that case the two of you would see a Charlie Chaplin movie:

"Charlie Chaplin's 'Modern Times', which I saw Charlie make more than a year ago in Hollywood and San Pedro,was the only American picture I ever remember having seen in Moscow. This film packed the theater and was shown twenty-four hours a day."

Click here if you want to know what films Hitler liked.


The Frenzy for Rudolph Valentino (Coronet Magazine, 1951)

Even as late as 1951, those eccentric little movie theaters that ran only thirty year-old flicks filled their seats with middle-aged women who still nursed a flame for Rudolph Valentino (1895 1926); their beau ideal from the mad Twenties who so many imagined to have been "the perfect lover.




The Discovery of Audrey Hepburn (People Today, 1952)

American audiences came to know Audrey Hepburn (1929 1993) when she was teamed up with Gregory Peck for the 1953 William Wyler production "Roman Holiday" (Paramount) - but the king makers of Hollywood sat up and took notice of her a year earlier, when she appeared in the European comedy "Monte Carlo Baby" (briefly reviewed herein). This movie was pretty quickly forgotten - and today "Monte Carlo Baby" cannot be found on DVD or cassette, and the film's producer, Ray Ventura (1908 - 1979), is primarily remembered for his talents as a jazz pianist.

A year after this small notice appeared in PEOPLE TODAY, Audrey Hepburn would have a boatload of awards and a comfortable place at the Hollywood trough.


Oscars for 1938 (Pathfinder Magazine, 1939)

Attached is short report listing some of the highlights of the 11th Academy Awards ceremony that was held on February 23, 1939 in downtown Los Angeles:

Director Frank Capra received his third "Best Director" statue for "You Can't Take It with You" .
Walt Disney was awarded an "Oscar" for the best animated short film, "Ferdinand The Bull" - in addition to a special award for his innovative work on "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs".
The Best Screenplay "Oscar" went to Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw for his efforts on "Pygmalion".


The Nazi's Man in British Palestine ('48 Magazine, 1948)

Written two and a half years after the Second World War, this article tells the story of Haj Amin Al-Husseini (1897 - 1974), the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem; he was the most prominent of Nazi-collaborators in all of Islam. Believed to have been a blood relation of Yasser Arafat (1929 2004), Al-Husseini was the animating force behind numerous attacks on the Jews of British Palestine throughout the Twenties and Thirties.

Making good his allegiance to the Nazis, Al-Husseini raised an infantry division from the Muslim Bosnians in Yugoslavia. Ultimately, it was his wish that the British be driven from North Africa in order that the Nazis be left alone to kill the Jews of Palestine.

Al-Husseini is also the subject of this article.

Here is an article from 1919 about Al Husseini.


The Boy Soldiers Who Joined the Rebels (Confederate Veteran, 1922)

The two page article attached herein served to alert the 1922 subscriber-base of Confederate Veteran Magazine that Boy Soldiers of the Confederacy (1905) - was no longer in print and isn't that too bad and just in case no one shared the reviewers feelings on this matter, she recalled some of the Civil War experiences of the boys who fought throughout that war.

One nice moment recorded for all posterity concerned a young rebel as he lay dying in a field hospital; a nurse approached him asking:

"Don't you think you had better make your peace with God?" He answered

"When a boy dies in defense of his country, he has made his peace with God already."


The Allure of the Private Bomb Shelter (People Today Magazine, 1955)

This is a consumer report concerning various bomb shelter plans that were commercially available to the American public in 1955:

"The most elaborate of five government-approved home bomb shelters is a combination tunnel and emergency exit in reinforced concrete, extending outward under ground from cellar walls It holds six persons and offers maximum protection from all effects of an atomic explosion... But the FCDA (Federal Civil Defense Administration) also recommends a practical type type that can be put together by any do-it-yourselfer for around $20.00."


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