A Few More Favorites from Arnold Genthe

The Library of Congress had a few more really good Arnold Genthe photographs I’d like to share. The first two are from San Francisco, around the time of the great earthquake.     Genthe also photographed famous people. I like this one of the dancer Anna Pavlova and the next of Theodore Roosevelt, near the…

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A Defining Moment for San Francisco, 111 Years Ago Today

One hundred eleven years ago today, on April 18 at 5:12 a.m., a violent earthquake shook San Francisco.   This was 30 years before the Richter scale was developed to measure an earthquake’s magnitude, and nearly 70 years before the system we use today, the Moment Magnitude scale. The scale ranks an earthquake on a scale…

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Frisco Jenny Reigns in the San Francisco Underworld

Finding a copy of Frisco Jenny (1932) is not the easiest thing to do. This pre-code flick isn’t on Netflix or iTunes, and you probably can’t find a copy at Best Buy. However, it is well worth the effort of ordering a copy. The term “pre-code” refers to a narrow window of time in Hollywood history, starting in 1929 with the advent…

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