Category Archives: 1910s

Working North from Patagonia

Source: Harry A. Franck, Working North from Patagonia; being the narrative of a journey, earned on the way, through southern and eastern South America (New York: The Century Co., 1921), pp. 357-358 Text: Long before the first session ended we … Continue reading

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Diary of Frances Stevenson

Source: Frances Stevenson, diary entry for 4 August 1916, Parliamentary Archives, FLS/4 Text: Friday, 4 August 1916 We went on Wednesday night to a private view of the “Somme Films” i.e. the pictures taken during the recent fighting. To say … Continue reading

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Is it right to let us see men dying?

Source: James Douglas, extracts from article in The Star, 25 September 1916, p. 2, quoted in Nicholas Reeves, Official British Film Propaganda During the First World War (London: Croom Helm, 1986), pp. 244-245 Text: Is it right to let us … Continue reading

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Kiddar’s Luck

Source: Jack Common, Kiddar’s Luck (Glasgow/London: Blackie & Son, 1974 – originally published by Turnstile Press, 1951), pp. 104-107 Text: Our enthusiasms were kindled or quenched often enough by the accident of possession. It was the devil’s own job for … Continue reading

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Indiscretions of the Naval Censor

Source: Douglas Brownrigg, Indiscretions of the Naval Censor (London, Cassell, 1920), pp. 215-217 Text: After dinner, spurred by ennui, my companion and I went, to the local cinema house, or barn, and, climbing up many stairs, we arrived among the … Continue reading

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The Promise of Air

Source: Algernon Blackwood, The Promise of Air (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1918), pp. 170-173 Text: The rush of the wonderful cinema then began, and he forgot himself. They experienced the sense such a performance leaves behind of having been—as Mother … Continue reading

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Im Kino

Source: ‘Im Kino’ series of chocolate cards, dated c.1916, from the Nicholas Hiley collection Comments: Gartmann was, and still is, a German chocolate manufacturer, based in Hamburg. These cards were given out with chocolate from vending machines. The series depicts … Continue reading

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