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Wednesday, March 29, 2017


When I think of Louise Brooks, the first thing that comes to mind is that haunting final scene in Pandora's Box (1929). Brooks portrays a reckless young woman named Lulu, who is eventually driven to prostitution on the London streets. On Christmas Eve, she inadvertently invites a man to her room who turns out to be a killer (supposedly Jack the Ripper). There is an incredible innocence and poignancy in the way Brooks plays this scene.....finding a desperately-needed solace in the arms of the man who kills her.

Louise Brooks (1906-1985) was an American actress and dancer. She made 17 silent films and 8 sound films. Three of her most memorable films were made in Europe under the guidance of German director G.W.Pabst (Pandora's Box, Diary of a Lost Girl, and Miss Europe).

Fiercely independent and destructively reckless, Brooks retired from films in 1938 and eventually drifted into alcoholism and obscurity. She worked as a dance instructor, a sales clerk at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, and also became a "call girl" (ironically, like the film character Lulu).

Her faded fame was revitalized when her memoirs, Lulu in Hollywood, were published in 1982. Louise Brooks died of a heart attack in 1985.

 Louise Brooks and Gustav Diessl in the final scene from Pandora's Box (1929)

Brooks in later years

Thursday, March 9, 2017


It's painfully obvious that I'm desperate for post titles....

This is a hodgepodge collection of old automobile photos. My information concerning them is limited (I have no clue about the makes or models of the cars) but they're fascinating to look at.

 "Fill 'er up!"

Mrs. F. Blevin and daughter - 1907

George Earl Chamberlain in 1919
(former governor of Oregon)
Just like new
 Taxi cabs at Union Station
Washington D.C. 1914
George P. Wetmore and wife
in 1909
Senator and former governor of Rhode Island 
 Sunday drive - circa 1905

 Ralph Coffin jumping over Sylvanus Stoke's Rolls Royce in 1916.
That horse looks pretty darn close to the car. I imagine that's Mr. Stokes on the left - - screaming.
 It's that pesky horse jumper again
sailing over the same Rolls Royce. It was hard to tell in the first photo, but the car is occupied.
 Red Cross Motor Corps, 1918

Ft. Myers, around 1916

Armored car, 1917
Captain Renwick
J. Pierpont Morgan, 1914
 Herbert Hoover, 1917
 Hudson Autos, Washington D.C.
(year unknown) 
Underwood Typewriter Company truck
 Mrs. John E. Harris
The dame has a great set of wheels
 Mechanics working in garage
date unknown

Heck, they all break down now and then....

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