Sunday, February 18, 2018

Lufbery Now in U.S. Army -- February 18, 2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, 18-February-1918
100 years ago today, on 18-February-1918, the French Escadrille Lafayette, a squadron of American fliers, disbanded and its members transferred to the US Air Service's 103rd Aero Squadron (Pursuit).

Raoul Lufbery was born in France, but his father was American.  He had 16 confirmed victories while flying for the French and one more for the Americans.  He died in battle on 19-May-1918.  

Saturday, February 17, 2018

July Fourth 1934 -- February 17, 2018
JC Leyendecker created this fantastic cover for the 07-July-1934 Saturday Evening Post.  Some people seem to feel that images of Lady Liberty are insulting to our so-called president.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Strongheart -- February 16, 2018

Motion Picture News, 26-August-1922
In honor of the beginning of Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog, here is Strongheart, the Wonder-Dog. Strongheart was born in Germany and trained to work for the police and the Red Cross during World War One.  After the war, the dog's owner could not afford to keep him, so he placed him with a kennel in the United States.  Director Lawrence Trimble saw Strongheart and persuaded screenwriter Jane Murfin to purchase him.  Trimble trained Strongheart and directed him in four movies.  Strongheart got burned by a studio light in 1929 and died from a tumor caused by the burn.  Strongheart was one of the first dogs to star in a movie.  

Trimble and Murfin co-directed Brawn of the North.

If you were born in 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 or 2006, then it is your year.  Or if you're a dog. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Superman -- Support the Red Cross -- February 15, 2018

Superman asks his readers to give generously to the American Red Cross.  Always a good idea.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday -- February 14, 2018

Today is both Ash Wednesday and Saint Valentine's Day.  This is an odd combination.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mardi Gras at New Orleans -- February 13, 2018

Sisterville, West Virginia Daily Oil Review, 19-January-1903
Happy Mardi Gras, everyone.  The Illinois Central Railroad invited people to take their special "Tour Service" to New Orleans for Mardi Gras season in 1903.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Fourth Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon -- February 12, 2018
Lea at Silent-ology is hosting the Fourth Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon:

My entry for the blogathon is on my movies-mostly blog, The Big V Riot Squad:
Buster Keaton Goes to War:

I write about Buster Keaton's time in the US Army and its effect on his films.