Zepplins and Airships

I’ve always liked Airships and Zepplins. I find them strange and somewhat scary but I really like them.

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The Story of the Airship was written by Hugh Allen. This is the sixth edition. Editions were published from 1925 forward as annual reference books by The Goodyear Company.

This is the seventh edition.

This is the seventh edition.

It's the Akron.

It’s the Akron. The Akron crashed over the coast of New Jersey in April of 1933.

I don't know what the German says but I like it because it looks like a painting.

I don’t know what the German script says but I like the image because it looks like a painting.

I know what this says. When I bought it the dealer said it means, "To England."

I know what this says. When I bought it the dealer said it means, “To England.” England was bombed by Zepplins in World War I.

Zepplin. He was well known enough to be put on a postcard.

Count Ferdinand von Zepplin. He was well known and liked enough to be put on a postcard.

It's the R-34.

It’s the R-34.

Artwork designed by Ted Bedell of Lakewood, N. J.

Artwork designed by Ted Bedell of Lakewood, N. J.

It's the first story in this 1925 issue of the National Geographic. It's a really long article and it's fantastic that Junius B. Wood and Natioanl Geographic documented the Shenandoah.

The first story in this 1925 issue of the National Geographic is about the Shenandoah. It’s a  long article (47 pages) and it’s fantastic that Junius B. Wood and National Geographic documented the Shenandoah so thoroughly.

This story is filled with numerous photographs but I like this chart the best.

This story is filled with numerous photographs but I like this graphic the best.

I found this image in a book called, California Crazy by Jim Heimann and Rip Georges. It's a fun book with lots of great photos. The Zep Diner was located at 515 West Florence Avenue in Los Angeles.

I found this image in a book called, California Crazy: Roadside Vernacular Architecture by Jim Heimann and Rip Georges. It’s a fun book with lots of great photos. The Zep Diner was located at 515 West Florence Avenue in Los Angeles.

I found this postcard and the following two over at my friend Mark’s house.

That looks really creaky. You wouldn’t get me up in that.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was published on December 16, 2013.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was published on December 16, 2013.

 

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President U. S. Grant

For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a thing for U.S. Grant. I don’t know where my interest came from. I can’t pinpoint it to a certain time or day. I think it has something to do with the odds he overcame to not only become one of the greatest civil war generals during that rebellion but also President of the United States from 1868-1876. If you go to my Apartment Tour there is another Grant item there. I bought it 30 years ago (?) and it’s above a mission bookcase in one of the last photos of the Apartment Tour. It’s made out of copper, has Grant in the middle and highlights from his life around the sides.

This is the only other photo I have of myself from my New York Trip. I'm in front of Grant's Tomb.

This is one of two photos I have of myself from my New York Trip. I’m in front of Grant’s Tomb.

Grant's Tomb was opened in 1897. The last time I went to New York -- this is the landmark I wanted to see.

Grant’s Tomb opened in 1897. The last time I went to New York — this is the landmark I wanted to see. The architect of Grant’s Tomb was John Henenway Duncan.

A souvenir of the day.

A souvenir of the day.

Grant. Grant. Grant. Victorian die cuts. One is dated 1869.

Grant. Grant. Grant. Victorian die cuts. One is dated 1869.

U.S. Grant. After he exited the presidency, Grant, his wife, Julia, and their entourage traveled around the world for two years. This graphic recounts his many stops.

U.S. Grant. After he exited the White House, Grant and his wife, Julia, along with their entourage traveled around the world for two years. This graphic recounts their many stops.

This is a young Grant. Up until the time he was forty he was a complete and total failure. He couldn’t feed his family and was reduced to collecting wood and selling it. Whenever I feel like a failure, and it happens more and more as the years go by, I remember U. S. Grant and remind myself that I still have time.

This is Grant after his death. The “remember me” is the clue. Up until the time he was forty Grant was a complete and total failure. He couldn’t feed his family and was reduced to collecting wood and selling it. Whenever I feel like a failure, and it happens more and more as the years go by, I remember U. S. Grant and remind myself that I still have time.

This is a young image of Grant when he was a Lt. General.

This is a young image of Grant when he was a Lt. General.

This is Grant's house in Galena, Illinois. The townspeople gave it to him. I've been there three times.

This is Grant’s house in Galena, Illinois. The townspeople gave it to him. I’ve been there three times.       

An old Vanity Fair image. Grant was still president in 1875 so he does symbolize the United States.

An old Vanity Fair image. Grant was still president in 1875 so he does symbolize the United States.

It's a paperweight with an image of Grant's Tomb.

It’s a paperweight with an image of Grant’s Tomb.

I guess it would be a milk pitcher but I can't believe anyone would use it for that purpose. It's a souvenir.

I guess it would be a milk pitcher but I can’t believe anyone would use it for that purpose. It’s a souvenir.

The name of the book is: The Heroic Life of General U.S. Grant: General of the Armies of the United States. It's from 1902 and has some very colorful lithograph illustrations inside.

The name of the book is: The Heroic Life of General U.S. Grant: General of the Armies of the United States. It’s from 1902 and published by DeWolfe, Fiske and Co. of Boston, Mass. It also has some very colorful lithograph illustrations inside.

When I was in Illinois I came upon this sign. When I showed this photograph to a co-worker he said,

When I was in Illinois I came upon this sign. When I showed this photograph to a co-worker he said, “I’m surprised you didn’t unscrew it from the pole.” I never thought of that!

An early image of Grant.

An early image of Grant. If you click on this image once he kind of looks like the Wolfman BUT if you click on it a second time you can see, in close up, why he looks like the wolf man.

It's one of those fold out post card things. It has pictures of all the points of interest in Galena.

It’s one of those fold out post card things. It has pictures of all the points of interest in Galena.

The gold colored one commemorates the opening of Grant's tomb. The other one is a political item.

The gold colored one commemorates the opening of Grant’s tomb. The other one is a political item.

The backs of them.

The backs of them.

Some Grant spoons. The one on the left is a good likeness. The one on the left is not a good likeness. The one on the left makes him look like Homer Simpson.

Some Grant spoons. The one on the left is a good likeness. The one on the right not so much. The one on the right makes him look like Homer Simpson.

This is Grant's home outside of St. Louis. It's called White Haven.

This is Grant’s home outside of St. Louis. It’s called White Haven. I went there a couple of summers ago. I like his home in Galena better. The Galena home is more Victorian and everybody knows that means “over the top.” White Haven is pine floors, empty space and an occasional piece of furniture. FYI: Somebody needs to tell the NATIONAL PARK SERVICE that the house is green. What’s up with that? Shouldn’t it be called Green Haven?

This card was part of the Heroes of History Series and came fee with Pan Handle Scrap. Scrap was tobacco chew.

This card was part of the “Heroes of History Series” and came free with a package of Pan Handle Scrap. “Scrap” was tobacco chew.

The 19th century magazine Punch commented on world events. This appears to be from the year of Grant's death.

The 19th century magazine Punch commented on world events. This appears to be from the year of Grant’s death. I actually took pictures of these Punch images because they were too big for the 11 by 17 scanner I use. 

Another Punch image. They were in the center of magazines. This accounts for the small holes.

Another Punch image. They were in the center of the magazine. This accounts for the small holes.

This one has a bit of damage. Too much glue(?) in the gutter? Regardless, I bought it because it'll be a long time before I find another one.

This one has a bit of damage. Too much glue(?) in the gutter? Regardless, I bought it because it’ll be a long time before I find another one.

This is my favorite one because it has Grant and Garfield.

This is my favorite one because it has Grant and Garfield.

Yes, it's a doll but it's made by HASBRO who makes G.I. Joe so it's not really a doll. I posed him on my desk at work. Normally, he stands in my bookcase.

Yes, it’s a doll but it’s made by HASBRO who makes G.I. Joe so it’s not really a doll — it’s a MAN TOY. I posed him on my desk at work. Normally, he stands in my bookcase behind me.

I have a book coming out on December 16, 2013. It's called The Odd Fellows.

My book was released on December 16, 2013. It’s called The Odd Fellows.

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Ocean Liners

I have an unusual fascination with ocean liners. I think it stems from finding a book on the Titanic when I was twelve. All of the items below I’ve bought at “paper and postcard” shows or antique stores in the southern California area.
This is a scan of a photo so it's a little blurry. I'm outside the Cunard Building in NYC. For somebody who likes ocean liners this was a great day for me.

I’m outside the Cunard Building in NYC. For somebody who likes ocean liners this was a great day for me. The architects of this building were Benjamin Wistar Morris and Carrere & Hastings.

This is the Mauritania. Other Cunard ships are the Queen Mary and the Imperator.

This is the first Mauritania (with 4 stacks) from 1907.

It's a baggage label for the France.

It’s a baggage label for the France.

This is part of an envelope from the Cunard Line. The envelope was torn to take off the stamp but I really like what remains of the envelope. It's a great image.

This is part of an envelope from the Cunard Line. The envelope was torn to take off the stamp but I still bought it. The discarded remains are the real treasure.

I was at an antique mall and a dear overheard me say I was interested in ocean liners. He looked at me and said, "I've got some stuff in the back, that I haven't put out that I can show you." I followed him to the back and he pulled out of a clear, plastic, storage tote --- this.

I was at an antique mall and a dealer overheard me say I was interested in ocean liners. He looked at me and said, “I’ve got some stuff in the back, that I haven’t put out, that I can show you.” I followed him to the storage area and he pulled THIS out of a clear, plastic, storage tote. That is one amazing box.

When we opened the box this was inside. Okay, what kind of a crappy a** gift is this? You have to make your own Queen Mary. If you gave it to a kid you would have to give them a KNIFE too so they could wittle out the hull. This certainly wouldn't pass safety standards today BUT, of course, I had to have it.

When we opened the box up — these were the contents inside. It appears as if everything is there except the glue. Okay, what kind of a crappy gift would this be? You have to make your own Queen Mary. If you gave it to a kid you would have to give them a KNIFE too so they could whittle out the hull. This certainly wouldn’t pass safety standards today BUT, of course, I had to have it. I bought it on the spot.

I like the color. It's a dinner menu from May 19, 1935 for a ship called The Duchess of Richmond.

I like the color. It’s a dinner menu from May 19, 1935 for a ship called The Duchess of Richmond.

S.S. United States is referred to in this brochure as a superliner.

The S.S. United States is referred to in this brochure as a superliner.

In the S.S. United States brochure there is some information on how the ship won the Blue Riband.

In the S.S. United States brochure there is  information about the ship and the Blue Riband.

The Nieuw Amsterdam. It was so modern and up to date when it went into service back in 1947.

The Nieuw Amsterdam. It was so modern and up to date when it went into service back in 1938.

The Nieuw Amsterdam dinning room with a cool padded and tufted ceiling

The Nieuw Amsterdam dining room with a fantastic padded & tufted ceiling.

FLANDRE. This baggage label has seen better days but it too looks royal and it has a family crest thing going on.

Flandre. This baggage label has seen better days but it looks royal and has a family crest thing going on.

Another cool baggage lable from the ILE DE FRANCE. It looks very royal.

Another cool baggage label but this time from the Ile de France. That’s a fleur de lis.

A very cool baggage label for the France.

Super cool.

The cover for a White Star Line booklet concerning their ships.

The cover for a White Star Line booklet concerning their ships.

Here's the inside of the White Star brochure. The paragraph on stowaways seems harsh and firm.

Here’s the inside of the White Star brochure. The paragraph on smuggling seems stern.

Another great graphic from the Cunard Line. It would be great to sail in 1929 before the depression on the S.S. California.

Another great graphic from the Cunard Line. How fabulous would it be to sail on the S.S. California in January of 1929. That pesky stock market crash was still months away.

I would spend all my time here since it's the "man's room." The fact that it's smoking too is just a plus.

Photos from the California. I would spend all my time here since it’s the “man’s room.” The fact that it’s a smoking room too is just an added bonus.

The text under the photo says that when the furniture is pushed to the walls -- dancing can take place but the room doesn't look big enough (to me) for dancing.

Another photo from the California. The text under the photo says that when the furniture is pushed back to the walls — dancing can take place but the room doesn’t look big enough for dancing to me.

A cabin.

A cabin.

I like htis tinted photograph of the ship.

I like this tinted photograph of the ship.

These third class luggage labels are very nice in their simplicity.

These third class luggage labels are very nice in their simplicity.

This booklet is for a cruise through the Mediterranean and on to Istanbul and Egypt. It left two and a half months before the Titanic sank and arrived bank in England on the day the Titanic sailed. The Titanic was also a White Star Line ship.

This booklet is for a cruise through the Mediterranean and on to Istanbul and Egypt. It left two and a half months before the Titanic sank and arrived back in England on the day the Titanic sailed. The Titanic was also a White Star Line ship.

I've always wanted to go to Egypt so this German Line advertisement appeals to me.

I’ve always wanted to go to Egypt so this German Line advertisement appeals to me.

I like the color.

I like the color.

It's a lunch menu from the German line North German Lloyd. It's in German and English and dated March 14, 1904.

It’s a lunch menu from the German line North German Lloyd. It’s in German and English and dated March 14, 1904.

The Washington was launched in 1932 and scrapped in 1965. It's a nice baggage sticker.

The S.S. Washington was launched in 1932 and scrapped in 1965. It’s a nice baggage sticker.

Everybody who knows anything about ocean liners likes the Normandie.

One of my best friends likes the Normandie.

A Cunard baggage label with the Queen Mary.

A Cunard baggage label with the Queen Mary.

Evidently, crossing the equator was a big deal on an ocean liner. The document is from 1910 and the person who officiates is Poseidon so I kind of like it.

Evidently, crossing the equator was a big deal on an ocean liner. This document is from 1910 and the person who officiates over the proceedings is Poseidon.

That bunny is going to eat the ship.

That bunny is going to eat the ship.

This is a sailing schedule for the United States and America.

This is a sailing schedule for the United States and the America.

From the sailing schedule above are these listed rates.

These are the listed rates for the United States and America in 1963 and 1964. 

I don't see a lot of items for the Britannic so when I stumbled upon this I snatched it up. On the inside it states that rates start at $1,295.

I don’t see a lot of items for the Britannic so when I stumbled upon this I snatched it up. On the inside it states that rates start at $1,275.

This is from inside the Britannic brochure. It's the route the ship would take.

This is from inside the Britannic brochure. It’s the route the ship would take. The first stop is Madeira.

This is the outside. It's the size of a regular postcard.

This is the outside. It’s the size of a regular postcard.

This is the inside.

This is the inside.

This is one beautiful postcard. It appears to be from 1898.

This is one beautiful postcard. It’s from 1898.

This postcard was sent in June of 1910. I'm sure it was named AMERIKA to attract immigrants.

This postcard was sent in June of 1910. I’m sure it was named Amerika to attract immigrants.

This ship is from the German Line.

This ship is from the German Line.

I don't know how exactly this guy relates to the Olympic but I like him nevertheless.

I don’t know how exactly this sailor relates to the Olympic but I like him nevertheless.

A colorful brochure from the French Line.

A colorful brochure from the French Line.

Here's what the ship looked like.

Here’s what the ship looked like.

Some interior photos from the brochure.

Some interior photos from the Liberte brochure.

It's the Bremen's floorplan on some sort of architectural paper. It really should be framed.

It’s the Kaiser Wilhelm II‘s cabin plan on some sort of architectural paper. It really should be framed.

I know little about the B and N Line but that blue is beautiful.

That blue is beautiful.

I don't know much about the American Line but they produce great cover graphics for their programs.

The American Line produced amazing cover graphics for their programs.

scan267The name of the Ship is the ANTILLES. There are two things I really like about this cover: 1) all the marine life depicted on the cover and 2) isn't the ocean liner under the water line? That doesn't bode well. When you open up this brochure very big brochure there is a diagram of the ship. It must be about 2ft by 3ft when completely unfolded.

The name of the Ship is the Antilles. There are two things I really like about this cover: 1) all the marine life depicted on the cover and 2) isn’t the ocean liner under the water line? That doesn’t bode well. When you open up this very big brochure there is a diagram of the ship. It must be about 2ft by 3ft when completely unfolded. The following 4 images are from this Antilles brochure.

This is the Antilles "salon premier class."

This is the Antilles “salon premiere class.”

It's the Mexico suite.

It’s the Mexico suite. What this room needs is a serape draped over the couch and a ceramic burro for the coffee table.

The chapel. Evidently, they're not expecting a big crowd.

The chapel. Evidently, they’re not expecting a big crowd.

I like this cabin the best.

I like this cabin the best.

A great card from the Deutschland. There is a slight tear on the side and it appears to have been in a post card book. (Notice the half circles at the bottom of the card.)

A great card from the Deutschland. There is a slight tear on the side and it appears to have been in a post card book. (Notice the half circles at the bottom of the card.)

Another Deutschland view.

Another Deutschland view.

It's a great sticker for the Ile de France.

It’s a baggage sticker for the Ile de France.

Some Tourist Class labels from the United States Lines.

Some Tourist Class labels from the United States Lines.

A great baggage tag from the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique

A  baggage tag from the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique

This is the other side. It sailed 11 days before the Lusitania sank. The Lusitania sank on May 7, 1915.

This is the other side. It sailed 11 days before the Lusitania sank. The Lusitania sank on May 7, 1915.

Five or six years ago my family went on a cruise on this liner -- The Ms Oosterdam. It was one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done.

Five or six years ago my family went on a cruise on this liner — The Ms Oosterdam. It was one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done in my life.

When I was on the Oosterdam I bought this 138 page book on the ship.

When I was on the Oosterdam I bought this 138 page book about the ship.

Champaign Christens the Oosterdam.

Champagne christens the Oosterdam.

This is one of the staircases on the Oosterdam. It's very glitzy.

This is one of the staircases on the Oosterdam. It’s very glitzy.

This is a restaurant we dined in while on the ship.

We dined in this restaurant while on the ship. It reminds me of Las Vegas.

van Biljouw was captain of the ship when the Oosterdam was launched.

Captain van Biljouw was captain when the Oosterdam was launched.

A give away from the Compagnie Generale.

A give away from the Compagnie Generale.

It's a Cunard program for the Queen Mary.

It’s a Cunard program for the Queen Mary.

This is the inside for the Queen Mary Cunard program.

This is the inside of the Queen Mary Cunard program.

Stationary from the Berengaria.

Stationary from the Berengaria.

berengaria stationary

More stationary from the Berengaria.

City of Dublin Steam Packet Stationary.

Royal Mail Steamer Munster stationary. Uh, how did they come up with that name?

United States stationary.

S.S. United States stationary.

This brochure looks very patriotic.

This brochure looks very patriotic. The S.S. United States was launched in 1952. The following 4 images are from the S.S. United States.

Here's an image of the dining room. Very red. I would pass on the "Kangaroo Tail Soup." It sounds icky.

Here’s an image of the dining room. Very red. I would pass on the “Kangaroo Tail Soup.” Hey, the kangaroos need their tails not me.

More red. A whole room dedicated to smoking. It was a different time.

More red. A whole room dedicated to smoking. It was a different time indeed.

The gay decorator must have been on a break when this bedspread and those curtains were approved for this suite.

Oh, my. The gay decorator must have been on a break when this bedspread, those chairs and the curtains were approved for this suite. I hope I don’t sound catty. Too late?

I like this image of the ship from within the brochure.

I like this image of the ship from within the brochure.

R. M. S. Mauretania brochure. These brochures were very detailed.

R. M. S. Mauretania brochure. These brochures were very detailed.

Mauretania with two stacks.

The second Mauretania (with two stacks) from 1939.

The Mauretania's First Class Restaurant.

The Mauretania‘s First Class Restaurant.

First Class Grand Hall (which can be converted to a movie theater)

First Class Grand Hall (which can be converted to a movie theater).

The Mauretania's 1st class lounge.

The Mauretania‘s 1st class lounge.

A 1950s brochure for the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam.

A 1950s brochure for the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam. The following 8 images are from the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam.

I've seen a number of these brochures and it's unusual to see the crew depicted.

I’ve seen a number of these brochures and it’s unusual to see the crew depicted.

It looks like they're selling glamour.

It looks like they’re selling glamour.

Here's the first class dinning room.

Here’s the first class dining salon.

Here's the first class screening room.

The first class screening room.

Okay, this is still part of the first class area. Now, I included this photo because I find it odd. These people are inside. The guy is sitting very close to these women and he has his shirt off. I find that odd. If it was a married couple - not so weird but a guy with three women - weird. If they were out by the pool - not weird at all. Maybe, I'm just provincial.

Okay, this is still part of first class. Now, I included this photo because I find it odd. These people are inside. The guy is sitting very close to these women and he has his shirt off. I find that odd. If it was a married couple – not so weird but a guy and three women – weird. If they were out by the pool – not weird at all. Maybe, I’m just provincial.

Cabin Class with zodiac wall plaques!

Cabin class with zodiac wall plaques!

look at that small screen in cabin class

Tourist and Cabin class film viewing on a very tiny screen.

If I were her I would ring for the steward and ask him to pour my tea for me.

Cabin class. If I were her I would ring for the steward and ask him to pour my tea for me.

I bought this postcard years ago. That's the Kaiser Wilhelm.

I bought this postcard years ago. That’s the Kaiser Wilhelm II depicted. The card is from the Columbian Exposition which was held in Chicago in 1893.

This is the back of the card above. I think I like the back even better than the front because of the graphics at the top.

This is the back of the Kaiser Wilhelm World Exposition card. I think I like the back even better than the front because of the graphics and the text/typeface.

This appears to be a "trunk" label. It's a super label and I would love to stay at the Continental Savoy.

This appears to be a “trunk” label. It’s a super label and I would love to stay at the Continental Savoy.

Here's a chart I made up of all the ships depicted in this post.

Here’s a chart I made up of all the ships depicted in this post.

I went to San Francisco in 2015 and when we were walking toward the Ferry Building I saw this building. The Matson Line had ships that went between the west coast and Hawaii.

I went to San Francisco in 2015.  While walking to the Ferry Building I saw this building. The Matson Line had ships that sailed between the west coast and Hawaii. In the ceramic tiles that decorate this building there’s fish, water, seashells, anchors, steamships and rope.

This is an image from Wikipedia. They got the whole building. I didn't go into the building because it was closed but I'll plan on doing that during my next trip to San Francisco.

This is an image from Wikipedia. Wikipedia was able to get the whole building in the shot –something I wasn’t able to do. I didn’t go into the building because it was closed but that’s on my “to do” list next time I go to San Francisco.

I was looking through some architectural journals in December of 2015 and found this drawing.

I was looking through some architectural journals in December of 2015 and found this drawing.

I found this coll little brochure on Panama cruises online.

I found this cool little brochure on Panama cruises online.

This is the other side.

This is the other side.

I really like that image of the ship in the second panel. It makes me want to sail 3rd class.

I really like that image of the ship in the second panel. It makes me want to sail 3rd class.

The interior of the 3rd class brochure.

The interior of the 3rd class brochure.

I have a book coming out on December 16, 2013. It's called The Odd Fellows.

My book was released on December 16, 2013. It’s called The Odd Fellows.

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Silent Film Stars

I’m not always thrilled with their films but those silent film stars had lives and careers that are still fascinating to read about.

Louise Brooks. She's pretty sensational in Pandora's Box and she looks so modern. How is that possible? This photo was taken in the 1920s.

Louise Brooks. She’s sensational in Pandora’s Box and she looks ultra modern. This photo was taken in the 1920s.

GiIbert Roland. This is around the time he was dating one of the Talmadge sisters.

Gilbert Roland. On the back of this photograph is written in fountain pen: Nov. 21, 1927. He was involved with Norma Talmadge around that time. They made a series of movies together including a silent version of Camille in 1926.

Gloria Swanson. She lived like no other star in the history of motion pictures and she's in my favorite movie of all time Sunset Boulevard as Norma Desmond.

Gloria Swanson. She lived like no other star in the history of motion pictures and she’s in my favorite movie of all time Sunset Boulevard.

Thomas Meighan. He was very popular in the 1920s and was teamed with Gloria Swanson often.

Thomas Meighan. He was very popular in the 1920s and was teamed with Gloria Swanson often.

Joan Crawford. This is from around the time of Our Dancing Daughters.

Joan Crawford. This is from around the time of Our Dancing Daughters.

Lon Chaney. He's great in The Unholy Three and The Phantom of the Opera.

Lon Chaney. He’s great in The Unknown and The Phantom of the Opera.

Marlene Dietrich. Her big splash was in The Blue Angel but I prefer her in The Scarlet Empress and A Foreign Affair.

Marlene Dietrich. Her big break was in The Blue Angel but I prefer her in The Scarlet Empress and A Foreign Affair.

He created some -- lasting for all time -- images in Safety Last!

Harold Lloyd. He created some unforgettable images. Especially, in Safety Last! where he dangles from the hands of a clock tower over a busy Los Angeles street.

She's a

Lillian Gish. She was a “teens” star. She was in Birth of a Nation but by the mid twenties she wasn’t a big star anymore. She has great lips. I like her in Duel in the Sun, The Night of the Hunter and The Whales of August.

I can't remember ever seeing him in a movie or not but he did win an Academy Award in 1928 for In Old Arizona.

Warner Baxter. I can’t remember ever seeing him in a movie but he did win an Academy Award in 1928 for In Old Arizona.

I don't know if he's the biggest star of all time or not but he was pretty big. His hand and foot prints at the Chinese Theater were removed in the 1950s.

Charlie Chaplin. I don’t know if he’s the biggest star of all time but he’s probably in the top 3. His hand and foot prints (at the Chinese Theater) were removed in the 1950s.

He won the first Academy Award for best actor in 1927 for The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh. I've seen both of those films and they're both quite enjoyable. When sound came in Jannings went back to Germany due to his thick accent.

Emil Jannings. He won the first Academy Award for best actor in 1927 for The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh. I’ve seen both of those films and they’re both quite enjoyable. When sound came to Hollywood Jannings went back to Germany due to his thick accent.

It's not the best picture of him but I like it. Fatty Arbuckle was a big star in the early 20s and he lived down by AAA on Adams Blvd. in Los Angeles. His house is still there.

Fatty Arbuckle. It’s not the best picture of him but I like it. Fatty was a big star in the early 20s and he lived down by the old AAA building on Adams Blvd. in Los Angeles. His house is still there.

Douglas Fairbanks is one of my favorites. Probably because he was always that All-American guy who didn't take himself too seriously.

Douglas Fairbanks is one of my favorites. Probably because he was always that All-American guy who didn’t take himself too seriously.

That is until he started making all those costume epics and then he started running around half naked like a pagan.

That is until he started making all those costume epics and then he started running around half naked like a pagan.

Mary Pickford. I'm not always a fan of her films but I am a fan of her business sense. She was a smart woman.

Mary Pickford. I’m not always a fan of her films but I am a fan of her business sense. She was a smart woman. She was good with money and one of the founders of United Artists. She won an Academy Award in 1928 for Coquette.

More STARS.

Pola Negri. She wrote a great autobiography which is very readable.

Pola Negri. She wrote a revealing autobiography, Memories of a Star, which is very readable. She appears to be going for a bat look in this photo.

This is the way I think of Francis X. Bushman. This is an arcade card. Uh, he's wearing an awful lot of make-up. I'm not saying it's bad. I'm just saying wow, wow, wow.

This is the way I think of Francis X. Bushman. This is an arcade card. Uh, he’s wearing an awful lot of make-up. I’m not saying it’s bad. I’m just saying wow, wow, wow.

Here is a VERY young photograph of Bushman. His eyes are a giveaway but the name sure helps identify him. I don't think I've ever seen a picture of him this young before. When I found it I had to buy it.

Francis X. Bushman. Here is a VERY early photograph of Bushman. His eyes are the giveaway but the printed name helps identify him too. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of Bushman this young before. When I found it I had to buy it.

Mabel looks almost glamorous on this post card.

Mabel looks glamorous on this post card.

Ramon Navarro. I like him in Ben-Hur and I recently saw him in a Boris Karloff's Thriller.

Ramon Navarro. I like him in Ben-Hur and I recently saw him in an episode of Boris Karloff’s Thriller.

William S. Hart. I've never seen any of his films but I have gone to his home at the William S. Hart in canyon country. I suspect I like him because he is associated with the cowboy myth of the west and all it entails: cowboy gear, horses, Indians and the vast unknown.

William S. Hart on two cigarette cards. I’ve never seen any of his films but I have gone to his home at the William S. Hart State Park out near Valencia. I suspect I like him because he’s associated with the cowboy myth of the west and all it entails: cowboy clothes (who doesn’t want to dress up like a cowboy?), horses, Indians, homesteading and the wilderness.

Wallace Beery on a cigarette card. I had just seen Wallace Beery in 1932's Grand Hotel wear he played General Director Preysing. I told a friend,

Wallace Beery on a cigarette card. I had just seen Wallace Beery in 1932’s Grand Hotel where he plays General Director Preysing. I told a friend, “You know you look like Wallace Beery.” I meant it as a compliment. That friend doesn’t talk to me anymore.

Thomas Meighgan was a big 20s star. He wasn't as big as Charlie Chaplin or Mary Pickford or Douglas Fairbanks but Meighgan was still big.

Thomas Meighgan was a big 20s star. He wasn’t as big as Charlie Chaplin or Mary Pickford or Douglas Fairbanks but Meighgan was still BIG.

This is a piece of ephemera given away at a movie theater advertising a future film run.

This is a piece of ephemera given away at a movie theater advertising a future film run.

I found this on ebay for a very modest price. It looks like it was used on a cigar box.

I found this on ebay for a very modest price. It looks like it was used on a cigar box.

Fatty Arbuckle. It's a give-away from a theater. Fatty was involved in a scandal in 1921 that ruined his career.

Fatty Arbuckle. It’s a give-away from a theater. Fatty was involved in a scandal in 1921 that ruined his career.

If I remember correctly I found this at a

If I remember correctly I found this at a “paper and postcard” show. The scan doesn’t do the paper justice because it has a watermark. I bought it because I like Laurel & Hardy and Charley Chase.

Gilbert Roland. Gilbert is also one of my favorites due to his portrayal of Gaucho in The Bad and the Beautiful. He is so charming and so suave and so manly in that movie. In real life Gilbert Roland was married to one of the Talmadge sisters.

Gilbert Roland. Gilbert is also one of my favorites due to his portrayal of Gaucho in The Bad and the Beautiful. He is so charming, suave and manly in that movie.

Gilbert Roland is the kind of character that I had in mind when I wrote the character of Felix De la Santos in my book. Felix De la Santos is Gilbert Roland.

Gilbert Roland is the kind of man I had in mind when I wrote the character of Felix De la Santos in my book, The Odd Fellows.

Wallace Reid. It's unfortunate he had that drug problem. He's quite enjoyable in the movies I've seen him in despite his addiction.This is a Beutebox Canoco tin. They were used to store candy or cosmetics.

Wallace Reid. It’s unfortunate he had that drug problem. He’s quite enjoyable in the movies I’ve seen him in despite his addiction.
This is a Beautebox Canoco tin. They were sold with candy or cosmetics inside.

Rudolph Valentino. He's one of the few silent stars whose name is still recognized today.

Rudolph Valentino. He’s one of the few silent stars whose name is still recognized today.

Betty Compson. She was a Paramount star and looks beautiful on this tin.

Betty Compson. She was a Paramount star and looks beautiful on this tin.

Gloria Swanson. She appears to be going for a native American look.

Gloria Swanson. She appears to be going for a native American look.

Pola Negri. This time she looks like a gypsy.

Pola Negri. This time she looks like a gypsy.

Jackie Coogan. He co-starred with Chaplin in that film.

Jackie Coogan. He co-starred with Chaplin in The Kid and he played Uncle Fester Frump on The Addams Family TV show.

Here's Doug on the cover of Motion Picture.

Here’s Doug on the cover of Motion Picture. It’s the September 1921 issue.

This is from The Gaucho.

This is from The Gaucho.

Doug from The Thief of Baghdad. He's as dark as me in this photo.

Doug from The Thief of Baghdad. He’s as dark as me in this photo.

I've had this glass slide for years but was never able to get a good image for this site. Finally, I got one.

I’ve had this glass slide for years but was never able to get a good image for this site. Finally, I got one.

I think this post card is from Germany.

I think some of these cards are from Germany.

I know practically nothing about this silent film actor but I really like this photograph. He looks so confident.

I know practically nothing about this silent film actor but I really like this photograph. He looks so confident. Addendum: I found out that he was born in Dublin, Ireland. His films were released by Pathe and his first big success was in Peggy (1916) opposite Billie Burke.

Another image of Ramon.

Another image of Ramon.

He has the most amazing face. It's a great image.

He has the most amazing face.

It's Buster Keaton. My brother recently sent me a copy of Steamboat Bill, Jr. to watch. I had never seen the film. It was very amusing. I especially liked the hat scene. Some of those hats were pretty cool.

It’s Buster Keaton. My brother recently sent me a copy of Steamboat Bill, Jr. to watch. I had never seen the film. It was very amusing. I especially liked the hat sequence near the beginning of the movie and the wind  (tornado?) sequence near the end of the movie.

They're playing cards from the 1920s. On the backs there is a scene from Ben-Hur. Two great stars.

They’re playing cards from the 1920s. On the card’s reverse is a scene from Ben-Hur. Two big stars here. Antonio Moreno is the guy studios went to when Rudolph Valentino and Ramon Navarro weren’t available. Thomas Meighan starred in a series of provocatively titled movies including: Woman-Proof (1923), The Bachelor Daddy (1922), White and Unmarried (1921) and The Probation Wife (1919).

I suspect Antonio was put in when they created the walk in the 1960s.

I suspect Antonio was put in when they created the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the 1960s.

He's in pretty forgettable movies with great titles: The Mail Order Wife (1912), The Mysterious Stranger (1913) and Trinkets of Tragedy (1914). She was pretty big and died around 1930.

Bryant Washburn was in some pretty forgettable movies but they have great titles: The Mail Order Wife (1912), A Splendid Dishonor (1914), Mongrel and Master (1914), Trinkets of Tragedy (1914), and The Meanest Man in the World (1923). Mabel Normand was big in comedy, was involved with Producer Mack Sennet and had one of those drug problems that so many stars seem to have. She died from TB (!?) in 1930.

I don't know much about King but I like his name. Francis X. Bushman was in the original Ben-Hur with Ramon Navarro.

I don’t know much about King Baggot but I like his name. Francis X. Bushman was in the original Ben-Hur with Ramon Navarro.

His star is on Vine south of Hollywood Boulevard in front of the W Hotel.

His star is on Vine south of Hollywood Boulevard in front of the W Hotel.

I know nothing about Jack Kerrigan. I like this shot of William S. Hart because he looks so stylized. That handkerchief around his neck is perfectly tied.

I know nothing about Jack Kerrigan. I like this shot of William S. Hart because he looks so stylized. That handkerchief around his neck is perfectly tied.

His star was on Hollywood Blvd. on the north side in the 6300 block.

His star was on Hollywood Blvd. on the north side in the 6300 block.

If I remember correctly Wallace Reid died from complications during

If I remember correctly Wallace Reid died from complications during “withdrawal.” George Walsh posed for some “art photographs” when he was younger. G.M. Anderson was another cowboy movie star who went by the name Broncho Billy Anderson.

I like the cigarette up near the top. Wallace Reid was a smoker.

I like the cigarette up near the top. Wally was a smoker. There’s a famous photo of him smoking in Hollywood Babylon.

I went to his grave out in Whittier. I should have cleaned it before I took the picture.

I went to his grave out in Whittier. I should have cleaned it off before I took the picture.

Rudy opted for one of those crypt in the walls things. It's very nice.

Over the weekend I was in Hollywood and stopped off to see Rudy and Doug. Rudy opted for one of those crypt in the walls things. It’s very nice. I can see myself in one of them.

Douglas Fairbanks knew how to be buried.

Douglas Fairbanks knew how to be buried.

I went this past weekend and it was sunny and about 80 degrees.

It was sunny and about 80 degrees.

I hadn't been out here for years but I nice discovery was that Douglas Fairbanks

I hadn’t been out there for years but it was nice to see nothing had changed.

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I bought this postcard online recently. Maciste would be similar to Hercules. Maciste was in Cabiria (1914) and many other Maciste movies afterward and into the 1920s.

I bought this postcard online recently. Maciste would be similar to Hercules. Maciste was in Cabiria (1914) and many other Maciste movies through the teens and into the 1920s.

On the University of Southern California campus there is a statue of Doug.

On the University of Southern California campus there is a statue of Doug.

Here's what the plaque says.

Here’s what the plaque says.

Doug from the side. I don't know if this is the best representation of Doug. Doug is much handsomer than this statue but the statue certainly invokes his spirit.

Doug from the side. I don’t know if this is the best likeness of Doug. Doug is much handsomer than this statue but the statue certainly invokes his spirit.

I found this handbill for a Doug movie over the weekend. They're normally folded but this one hadn't even been folded.

I found this handbill for a Doug movie over the weekend. They’re normally folded but this one hadn’t even been folded.

The inside of the handbill.

The inside of the handbill.

Over the weekend I also went to DeLongpre Park in Hollywood. It's 2 blocks south of Sunset and 3 blocks east of Highland. There are 2 Rudolph Valentino statues.

Last Friday I went to DeLongpre Park in Hollywood. It’s 2 blocks south of Sunset and 3 blocks east of Highland. There are 2 Rudolph Valentino statues there. This guy looks like a rocket.

This is what it says at the base.

This is what it says at the base.

This was done in 1930.

It was done in 1930.

This is the other one from 1990.

The other one actually resembles him and is from 1990.

I found this plate a couple of weeks ago in Ontario at Trash & Treasure. Bryant was a star and certainly had many movies tailored for him.

I found this plate a couple of weeks ago in Ontario at a place called Trash & Treasure on San Antonio Street. Bryant Washburn was a star in the teens and into the early twenties and certainly had many movies tailored for him. The back of the plate says Star Players Photo Company, Chicago. [note: that white streak is the reflection of the scanner’s bulb on the plate.]

I found this old issue of Motion Picture online. I bought it because of Wallace Reid. It's from 1917. It's a hundred years old.

I found this old issue of Motion Picture Magazine online. I bought it because of Wallace Reid. It’s from 1917. It’s a hundred years old.

I have a book coming out on December 16, 2013. It's called The Odd Fellows.

My book was released on December 16, 2013. It’s called The Odd Fellows.

 

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