Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Ford tried opening another plant in a different part of Brazil, but between blight and the invention of synthetic rubber in 1945, his industrial Utopian ideal dried up and the land was sold at a loss of $20 million. (Eh, probably needed the tax write-off anyway.)
For more information, you can read about Fordlandia in fiction, non-fiction, a French comic book, or hear an orchestral piece named after it. You industrial types will have plenty of time do your research before the movie comes out next year.
Monday, February 27, 2012
The first film shot in the Los Angeles area was by the Biograph Company (based in New York), "A Daring Hold-Up" in 1906.
The first studio in the Los Angeles area - but not Hollywood - was established by the Selig Polyscope Company in Edendale, with construction beginning in August 1909.
D. W. Griffith was the first to direct a motion picture in Hollywood proper. His 17-minute short film "In Old California" was released in March 1910, by the Biograph Company.
Nestor Motion Picture Company was the first Hollywood-based studio. They started filming production in October 1911.
The first feature film (over an hour) made at a Hollywood-based studio was "The Squaw Man," directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel in 1914.
Not till 1915, however, did California beat the East Coast in film output.
(Photo courtesy of Wikipedia. Ah, the Black Maria – the epitome of movie romance!)
*Attributed to me, just now.
Friday, February 24, 2012
(Cover of Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss, courtesy of Wikipedia.)
Thursday, February 23, 2012
(Baby playing with yellow paint, work by Dutch artist Peter Klashorst, entitled Experimental, 28 February 2007, from Wikimedia Commons.)
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
(African American boy, sitting on debris in the wake of the 1900 hurricane, Galveston, Texas, from Wikimedia Commons.)
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
(Still frame from the 1936 animated cartoon Little Swee' Pea, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)
Monday, February 20, 2012
(Olaf Stapledon, from Wikipedia.)
Friday, February 17, 2012
(Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, Folio 2, verso: February, from Wikipedia.)
Thursday, February 16, 2012
(James Howard Kunstler, 27 December 2007, from Wikimedia Commons.)
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
(Digitally restored version of the damaged portrait of the Brontë sisters by Patrick Branwell Brontë, from Wikimedia Commons. From left to right: Anne, Emily, and Charlotte.)
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
(Black Americana Valentine, circa 1940, from Wikimedia Commons.)
Monday, February 13, 2012
(Pastel drawing of Charles Darwin by Samuel Laurence, 1853, from Wikimedia Commons.)
Friday, February 10, 2012
(Portrait of Charles Dickens, daguerreotype, circa 1867-1868, from Wikipedia.)
Thursday, February 9, 2012
(Maud Lewis, from the Folk Art Canada website.)
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
(Chrysanthemums, c. 1875, by James Tissot, from Wikimedia Commons.)
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
(Cover of the award-winning and controversial In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak.)
Monday, February 6, 2012
(Kate Barker, ca. 1930, courtesy of Wikipedia.)
Friday, February 3, 2012
(Wordsworth on Helvellyn, by Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1842, from Wikimedia Commons.)
Thursday, February 2, 2012
(Richard Haydn in "The Return of Edwin Carp," The Dick Van Dyke Show.)
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
(Mary Tyler Moore in "How to Spank a Star," The Dick Van Dyke Show.)