Category Archives: USA

The Devil Finds Work

Source: James Baldwin, The Devil Finds Work (1976), included in Collected Essays (New York: The Library of America, 1998), p. 479 Text: Joan Crawford’s straight, narrow and lonely back. We are following her through the corridors of a moving train. … Continue reading

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The Nickelodeons: The Poor Man’s Elementary Course in the Drama

Source: Joseph Medill Patterson, ‘The Nickelodeons: The Poor Man’s Elementary Course in the Drama’ The Saturday Evening Post, 23 November 1907, pp. 10-11, 38. Text: Three years ago there was not a nickelodeon, or, five-cent theatre devoted to moving-picture shows, … Continue reading

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The Teleview

Source: Henry Albert Phillips, ‘The New Motion Picture: No. 1 – The Teleview’, Motion Picture Magazine, August 1923, pp. 35-36, 86 Text: The New Motion Picture A Series of Searching Articles Showing the Constant Efforts of the Moving Picture to … Continue reading

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Impressions of America

Source: T.C. Porter, Impressions of America (London: C. Arthur Pearson, Limited, 1899), pp. 193-194 Text: At dinner, some printed notices laid by our plates reminded us that the kinematoscope was at work in the town, showing in several separate scenes … Continue reading

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A Death in the Family

Source: James Agee, A Death in the Family (London: Peter Owen, 1965 – orig. pub. 1957), pp. 11-14 Text: At supper that night, as many times before, his father said, “Well, spose we go to the picture show.” “Oh, Jay!” … Continue reading

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Vaudeville and Motion Picture Shows

Source: William Trufant Foster (with the aid of sixty investigators), Vaudeville and Motion Picture Shows: A study of theaters in Portland, Oregon (Portland, Or.: Reed College, 1914), pp. 52-53 Text: “Picture 1 ‘A Seaside Samaritan.’ Robbers are reformed immediately by … Continue reading

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