Saturday, August 23, 2014

from Amusements for Park Resorts -- August 23, 2014

"Amusements for Park Resorts" is an article from the 11-March-1905 Street Railway Journal.  Many transit companies operated amusement parks to encourage weekend travel.  This is part of my mutoscope series, but I had to throw in the Puss in Boots Slot Machine as well. 


The mutoscope, made by the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company, of New York, is one of those novelties which appeal equally to all classes. The mutoscope is a handsome silver gilt cast-iron cabinet, provided with a coin slot and a crank. When a coin is dropped in the slot the beholder views some interesting scene, embracing the use of over 700 moving pictures, greatly magnified and brilliantly illuminated by electric light. When one subject has lost its earning power, another can be substituted in a few minutes. The mutoscope does not use films, the pictures being bromide photographs mounted on reels. The mechanism of this device is extremely simple. The parts are few and are all interchangeable, so that repairs can be made readily.

The weight of the boxed machine is 325 lbs.; the height to the eye piece is 4 ft. 6 ins., and the floor space needed is 2 ft. square.

Roovers Brothers, of Brooklyn, N. Y., whose aluminum name plate machine has proved a most profitable slot device, have placed on the market an amusing and ingenious vending or fortune-telling apparatus known as “Puss in Boots.” This machine is mounted on handsomely carved legs, which, however, are not shown in the accompanying illustration. By placing a coin in the slide recess, drawing down the handle on the right-hand side of the machine and then letting it return, the cat is caused to greet the customer with a bow, then to move its left paw, which holds a pan, to the chute containing the article to be delivered, the head moving in unison with the pan so as to see that the latter is in the correct position to receive the article from the chute delivery opening; next the cat moves its head toward the right paw, which holds a nickel-plated rod, with which it carefully opens the lid of a basket in front, the paw holding the pan containing the article having taken a position over the lid. On lowering the pan, the article drops on the lid, then the pan is raised again to allow the lid of the basket to be closed a second time. The cat follows these movements with its head, and ends with a bow of thanks. The article falls through the basket into a receptacle in front of the machine. The figure is dressed in satin. and the seat and floor are covered with velvet. The net weight of the complete machine is 136 lbs., and the weight crated, 190 lbs. The size of the case is 32 ins. high x 14 1/2 ins. square. The stand is 30 ins. high x 16 ins. square. The full height with sign is 6 ft. 2 ins.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Half Shot at Sunrise -- August 22, 2014

Photoplay, November, 1930.

Service comedies set during World War One became quite popular during the 1920s, after the success of What Price Glory on stage and screen.  Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey were a popular team in the late 1920s and into the 1930s.  Some people can't stand them.  Cute Dorothy Lee was their frequent costar.  "...park the grouch and toddle to wherever they're showing 'Half Shot at Sunrise.'  It's one of the most absurdly ridiculous, nonsensical messpots of assorted comedy that ever was cooked up from celluloid."  Messpots -- that is a good word. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Grauman's Chinese #41 -- August 21, 2014

In July, 2012 we paid a return visit to Hollywood and Grauman's Chinese Theater. Sid Grauman was a San Francisco showman who came to Los Angeles and built three major houses, the Million Dollar, the Egyptian, and the Chinese. The theater has hosted many film premieres, but is most famous for the hand and footprints (and hoofprints and nose prints and other types of prints) in the forecourt.

Red Skelton played in medicine shows, showboats, stock theater, circuses, vaudeville, movies, radio, television and night clubs. I remember his television show and his pantomime routines. On 18-June-1942, Red Skelton left his hand and footprints in the forecourt. "We dood it" refers to a popular catch-phrase from his radio shows, when he played Junior, the Bad Widdle Kid. Junior would say "If I dood it, I'll get a whippin' --- I dood it."

Next month will be the last entry in this series.  I think I'll start over again because until I moved to this new site, I didn't include other photos, like this poster with Red Skelton and Ann Rutherford. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Violet MacMillan With Oz -- August 20, 2014

The Oz Film Manufacturing Company, located in Los Angeles, was formed in 1914 to produce movies based on stories by L Frank Baum, the creator of The Wizard of Oz. The company made some movies, but was not a financial success. Actress Violet MacMillan appeared in their first movie, The Patchwork Girl of Oz and some others. Here she appears on the cover of the 24-October-1914 Motography.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

War and More War -- August 19, 2014

Moving Picture World, 14-August-1914.
The Austro-Servian Film Company released "With Serb and Austrian" within a few weeks of the outbreak of the First World War.  "This is Not a Bawling Bull but Good Hard Facts."  I'm not sure what they are trying to tell us. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Is Pauline Working for You? -- August 18, 2014

Motography, 01-August-1914

The Perils of Pauline was a big hit in 1914. The 20 chapter serial was not the first movie serial, but it was one of the big ones. It starred Pearl White, the first serial queen. The Eclectic Film Company distributed Pathé movies in the United States. The film exists only in a mutilated form, based on a copy exported to France. The subtitles has been translated into French, then translated back into English. I like the balloon image from the 01-August-1914 Motography.

Motography, 08-August-1914
This ad mentions the Colonel Heeza Liar animated cartoons created by JR Bray as a satire on Theodore Roosevelt. 

Motography, 15-August-1914
I don't know what a Hartigan Comedy is. 

Motography, 20-June-1914.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Colorful Tom Mix -- August 17, 2014

Tom Mix was the biggest cowboy star in silent movies. He and his horse Tony had many adventures in Fox films. I like this image from the March, 1918 Moving Picture World