Posts tagged history
Posts tagged history
“The world’s first colour moving pictures dating from 1902 have been found by the National Media Museum in Bradford after lying forgotten in an old tin for 110 years.”
(video at the link)
See people, they are out there! Hunt of Buster films!
Buster films the underwater sequence in The Navigator, 1924.
Buster’s WWII draft card. During WWII, the demand for manpower was so high that a law was enacted that required men from 18-65 to register for the draft. The Old Man draft was in acted in 1942. Most of the men in this category would serve stateside and in restrictive duty such as clerical or motor pool :)
Buster Keaton, age 5, in promotional photos for his family’s vaudeville act, The Three Keatons, 1900.
He started smoking early huh…lol…but he’s just soo adorable!
If anyone is interested in Vaudeville, a friend of mine recommended this book to me. Happy Reading!
Buster Keaton, age 15, dressed as an old Irishman for an act with The Three Keatons, 1910.
He still looks like a tiger to me…*raaawwrrr*
Many of you were interested in the Hammerstein Victoria Theater and Roof Top Garden. Here are some more pictures, a bit of history of the theater and other prominent theaters in the area. Buster Keaton praised the Victoria as “vaudeville at its all time best.”
Oscar Hammerstein built the Victoria Theatre in 1898 originally as an Opera house. In 1904, he turned it into a vaudeville theatre which was considered to be the top vaudeville house. It was managed by his son, Willie Hammerstein. He also built the Republic Theater in 1900 and leased it to eccentric producer David Belasco, in 1901. Belasco quickly named it after himself. If you look closely in the picture, you will see the Belasco marquee behind The Victoria.
The Rooftop Garden covered the top of both theaters and had an elevator, a new invention at the time. Because there was no air conditioning, theaters had to close during the summer. However, with rooftop garden theaters, many could stay open and have performances year round.The Victoria was built on a small budget with left over building materials and the walls stuffed with hay for insulation.
In 1915, the Victoria was demolished and the Rialto movie theater was built. It was later demolished in the 1930s.
After the Victoria was demolished, The Palace Theater became the premier vaudeville house. The theater still stands and has hosted Broadway Hit shows like Beauty and the Beast, Aida, and Legally Blonde The Musical.
The Republic/Belasco theater also still stands and is called The New Victory Theater. It changed hands several times and at one point was used as a burlesque and XXX movie theater. Gypsy Rose Lee was one of the headline strippers when it was Minsky’s Burlesque.The theater was renovated along with the rest of 42nd Street in 1995 and now hosts theater for children and families. It is currently hosting The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It is the oldest theater to survive in the theater district.
The Republic circa 1900
A weekend celebration for the Great Locomative Chase, th story that inspired Buster Keaton’s The General. There will screenings about the history of the event and The General. Should be interesting, especially for Civil War buffs.
Late 1920’s diner car.
Fun Fact: Diner’s originated from old diner train cars. Once road transportation became popular, people would buy the cars and place them on the side of the road so people could stop and eat. New Jersey is the diner capital of the world with over 600 statewide.
For The Cameraman, 1928