Thursday, March 6, 2014

Clarence Day, Jr. ~ Life With Father

                                                                                                    -Postcard, c. 1944


Judging from the above caption, this postcard must date from around 1944 
when the play, Life With Father was running on Broadway in the Empire 

How generous of the Empire to stamp and mail this post card for audience
members.  Clever advertising!

Clarence Day (1874-1935), author of a set of short stories, Life With Father,
died shortly after completing them in December of 1935. They were published
posthumously in the New Yorker magazine in 1936.

Had he lived, Clarence Day would have enjoyed the phenomenal success
of these autobiographical tales about his own boyhood growing up in upper
middle-class New York City in the 1890s.

Headed by a domineering (yet lovable) father , this madcap clan of redheads
was inspiration for a play based on the stories, also entitled Life With Father.  
It was brought to life for the Broadway stage in 1939 by Howard Lindsay
and Russel Crouse.  Life With Father enjoyed a record-breaking run from its
1939 opening at the Empire Theatre, to its closing at the Alvin Theatre in 1947.
A Hollywood film followed in 1947, and a television version in 1954.

Day's stories poked fun at Victorian mores regarding child rearing and the
changing role of women in society during the late-19th Century.  Day himself
was a champion of the suffrage movement.

Clarence Day, Jr., a quintessential New Yorker, was born there in 1874.  After
his graduation from Yale, where he edited the campus humor magazine, The Yale
Record, Day returned to the City to work on Wall Street in his father's brokerage
firm.  An attempt to launch a Naval career was scuttled because of chronic bouts
of arthritis, which kept him a semi-invalid for the rest of his life.  Clarence Day
died in New York in 1935 at the age of 61.

The New York Public Library is home to the Clarence Day Papers, an archival
collection of his short stories, essays, and magazine columns.



Monday, August 13, 2012

Nijinsky & Pavlova

                                 Vaslav Nijinsky (March 12, 1889 - April 8, 1950)

                                  Vaslav Nijinsky in Le Spectre de la Rose, c. 1911

                                -Photograph by E.O Hoppe - The Mansell Collection
                                                         ©Fotofolio - EH 11

Nijinsky, the Legend - Russian Ballet History


                            Anna Pavlova (February 12, 1881 - January 23, 1931)

Anna Pavlova, Théatre des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1927

-Photograph by James Abbe
© Kathryn Abbe, Private Collection

Anna Pavlova, the Legend - Russian Ballet History

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mozart Concerto by Dufy, Ed. Stehli

                                            Mozart Concerto by Raoul Dufy (1877-1953)

                                              - Edition Stehli, Switzerland, 1960s,
                                                                Postcard No. 6017




Saturday, January 14, 2012

I Gatti di Venezia

             -Renzo Narduzzi, "Ponte dei Gesuiti", Venezia;  Filippi Editore Venezia

                                                      I gatti de Venezia - YouTube



Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"Glædelig Jul!" by Carl Røgind

                            GLÆDELIG JUL!  by Carl Røgind (1871 - 1933)  Danish Illustrator
                                                  Nissen og Katten på Gave-Uddeling
                                                                                                       - Postcard ca. 1910                                              

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Postcards of Paola, Kansas, c. 1912

                                                              ~ City Park, Paola, Kansas, c. 1912 ~
                                                                    Real Photo Postcard (RPPC)
                                 Note Henson-Woodman Hardware & Stoves across the street.

Real Photo Postcards (RPPC), in popular use from around 1903 to 1930,
provided an opportunity for everyone to produce their own cards for mailing.

The photograph was taken by a special Kodak camera that could make postcards
using special postcard-sized film.  The image would be developed directly from
the negative onto postcard backs.  The picture postcards produced were good
quality photographs, in both matte or shiny finishes.

The blank side was divided like any commercially-made postcard, with places
for the address and the message provided.  Postcard stamps in 1912 were 1¢.

                                   Real Photo Postcard ~ Typical look of the reverse side, c. 1912.

If you can remove old black and white photographs from family albums, you
might discover that some are in fact postcards ~ a ready-made card with a
custom photograph taken by your grandparents or great-grandparents!

                                 Water Works Dam ~ Paola, Kansas, c. 1912, RPPC

                                 Julia at the Water Works Dam, Paola, Kansas, c. 1915
                                                             (family photograph)                                                

Watch a video about the history of Paola, Kansas, 
produced by the Chamber of Commerce, courtesy of YouTube. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Vintage Thanksgiving

                                         ~ GOOD WISHES FOR THANKSGIVING DAY ~
                                           Embossed ~ Printed in Saxony c.1910, No. 870