Today it's another preview of Clippings, the feature that will replace the Serials for a year. Or forever.

It's 1928. We start with a reminder that ships sunk all the time. When I research vessels for the Ships feature in Misc, it seems like half rolled over and went down.

We start the story after the event, which is when you learn things.

The wreck of the Vespris.



SS Vestris was a 1912 passenger steamship owned by Lamport and Holt Line and used in their New York to River Plate service. On 12 November 1928 she began listing about 200 miles off Hampton Roads, Virginia, was abandoned, and sank, killing more than 100 people. Her wreck is thought to rest some 1.2 miles (2 km) beneath the North Atlantic.

The sinking, which attracted much press coverage at the time, remains notable for the loss of life, particularly of women and children, after the vessel was abandoned.  The sinking and subsequent inquiries may also have shaped the second International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) in 1929.

A ship sinking had the same news impact as a plane crash, but it had stories.

The author said he woke when the other bed in his cabin tore loose from its fastenings, and his nightstand contents fell to the floor. He found a crew member, who said it was all fine. He found the captain, who said everything was fine.

BTW, Wiki says:

Vestris' sinking was covered by Associated Press reporter Lorena Hickok. Her story on the event became the first to appear in The New York Times under a woman's byline.

"Covered" might not be the most accurate word.

  Another account from the long-vanished North American Newspaper Alliance.

I'm cutting for relevant moments. The "he" was the captain.

And what's with the passengers? Oh sure we’re listing 20 degrees, but don’t be such a worrywart.

  Eventually the captain made the decision:

The author jumped, swam to a boat “occupied by five Negroes only,” perhaps because no one else wanted to get in a boat with them. GREAT MOVE.

Now the fun part. Do we have pictures of the two? Yes. There's video.





Theater news:

It’s an ad. The play Rio Rita keeps coming up when I look at the end of the 20s; it must have been a smash hit. Filmed in sound and color, too.

They give her address.

They give her ADDRESS.

I just think this ad is cute. And timeless.




Ooooh, sin!

De Putti came to America in February 1926. De Putti generally was cast as a vamp character, and often wore her dark hair short in a style similar to that of Louise Brooks or Colleen Moore. De Putti starred in D.W. Griffith's The Sorrows of Satan (1926). The film was released in two versions, one in the U.S. and the other in Europe. In the U.S. version, one scene had de Putti fully dressed whereas the same scene in the European release had de Putti topless.

Don’t think they didn’t let that fact slip out.



Also in lesser Hollywood news. They’re literally printing press agent bits, but who cares? Everyone wants to know what’s going on in Tinseltown.


  Wonder whatever happened to her.


Finally, a cartoon by Fontaine Fox, who’d go on to draw the popular Toonerville Folks cartoon. Great style. When you compare to the rest of the strips of the day, it’s quite distinct, and has a nice take on the usual “rural” one-panel comics. And there were a lot of those.


His work was considered innovative for many reasons. He presented the panel in a rather distinctive illustration style. At first glance, Fox's drawing style seems deceptively simple, but under scrutiny, bits of his interesting technique become apparent. Vehicles and telephone poles are oddly tilted and, frequently, so is the horizon. He also illustrated his cast and landscape with a slight aerial perspective, so that it always seemed that the reader was looking down at the events of each tale.

Believe me: no one else did that. Everyone else was literally on the level.


Why yes, I will give you more Bela, and you'll LIKE IT. Polly want a pawn shop?

Solution on Friday! Don't bother clicking ahead or reverse-engineering the link. You won't find it.




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