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The Mission of the Motor Car

Friday, May 1, 2015


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From The Booklovers Magazine, 1905.

Navigating the Air

Monday, April 27, 2015

It is very striking that, in this article published in 1905, no mention is made of the Wright Brothers’ success in 1903. Their experiments were generally unknown until 1908.


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From The Booklovers Magazine, 1905.

Here is a priceless description of how a motion-picture spectacle was presented in 1912: with a lecture explaining the action, an orchestra (of six or eight pieces), and a sound-effects man who has to be warned to keep it subtle.


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From Moving Picture World, 1912.

Monoplane Versus Biplane

Monday, April 20, 2015


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From Outing, 1911.

From a magazine published by the leading scenarist’s training school. Bebe Daniels is best remembered in America as the slightly superannuated Broadway star Dorothy Brock in Forty-Second Street, but she was known at the time of this article for her comic roles in Harold Lloyd films. She later became a well-known writer and producer. She was, in other words, the type of young woman who was perfectly capable of quoting Whitman, and she probably wrote this article herself without the benefit of a ghost writer.


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From The Photodramatist, July, 1921.