Sunday, July 31, 2011

Monday, July 31, 1933

Mother and I went downtown today. I got me some white shoe polish and cleaner and Mother bought some ink.

Heap Big Chief Root Beer stand, July 1933, Kansas City Mo.
Heap Big Chief Root Beer Stand, July 1933, Kansas City Missouri

This fifteen feet tall, ten feet wide likeness of an Indian Chief attracts passing motorists on
 U. S. Highway number 40 at Kansas City, Missouri, to the refreshment sold within.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sunday, July 30, 1933

Pauline and Nadine and I went up to the church on 27th and Prospect. I read my magazine today.

Jean Harlow (March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937)
July 30, 1933 supplement from The Philadelphia Record

Jean Harlow was born Harlean Carpenter in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911.
The daughter of a successful dentist, she had a comfortable upbringing. But teenage
rebellion got the better of her and when she was 16 when she ran away from home and
 eloped with a young Kansas businessman by the name of Charles McGrew.

The couple relocated to Los Angeles, where Jean's natural beauty and ease in front
 of the camera led to some work as an extra in movies. Jean soon caught the acting
bug and over the next couple of years she was able to make a living on bit parts. However
her marriage to McGrew was a disaster and they divorced after 2 years. Jean then threw
all her energies into pursuing an acting career.

In 1930 she landed a dream role in a big budget movie called "Hell's Angels".
The movie was a hit, and Jean became MGM's newest starlet - complete with her own
 $60,000 contract. With her sassy attitude and voluptuous figure she became the ultimate
 object of desire for red blooded males across the globe. In 1931 MGM paired Jean with Clark 
Gable. The duo were terrific together, creating an unforgettable onscreen chemistry, and
they wound up doing a total of six films together.

Tragedy struck Harlow twice while paired with Gable. During the filming of their second movie,
"Red Dust," Jean received the news that her second husband of only a few weeks, Paul
Bern, had apparently committed suicide. Then during the filming of their sixth movie,
"Saratoga," Jean was hospitalized and diagnosed with uremic poisoning. Ten days later a
shocked world heard the news that she was dead.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Saturday, July 29, 1933

Aunt Kate and Uncle Laten and Helen were by again today. Helen and I went down and got us eacher magazine.

Cover art copyright (c) Russell Sambrook

Sambrook's career was eclipsed by other Saturday Evening Post regulars like E. M. 
 Jackson, Douglass Crockwell, Ellen Pyle, Andrew Loomis, and, of course, Norman Rockwell.
But from the 'twenties through the 'fifties, Sambrook's workmanship was called upon for the
cover of the Post, The People's Home Journal, The American Boy, and others.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Friday, July 28, 1933

Jennie and Bobby Mallin left this morning for San Francisco. He's going to work on that new bridge. Cal, Helen and Kate and Laten were by this afternoon.

From the Albany (NY) Knickerbocker Press - July 28, 1933

Vanishing America

The last big trolley of the Schenectady Railway Company will disappear
 up State Street hill in the dusky dawn and two hour later the first bus to
 substitute for this 32-year-old service will make its appearance in Albany (NY).

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Thursday, July 27, 1933

I went out and played with the kids around here this morning. I read my magazine, then I let Pauline read it. Went to the ballgame.

                             Until 1933 every Coke served at a soda fountain was
                             mixed by hand. The Coke syrup was put in a glass, the
                             carbonated water added, and they were stirred together
                             with a spoon.

                             When Coca-Cola debuted the first automatic fountain
                             dispenser (pictured below) at the Century of Progress
                             Exhibition in Chicago, people were amazed to see an
                             already-mixed Coke served by just pulling a handle.
1933 Coke Dispenser

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wednesday, July 26, 1933

Pauline and Gweyn and Baby Doll were over. Mother is up today. Today was girl's day at the swimming pool but I didn't get to go.

George "Machine Gun" Kelly being led from the
Shelby County, TN, jail for his trip to Oklahoma
City, where his and Kathryn's trial was held

Continued from July 25 ...

In October 1933, George and Katherine Kelly were convicted and sentenced to life
imprisonment. Their accomplices were tried separately but received the same
sentence. The trials were held at the Post Office, Courthouse and Federal
Office Building in Oklahoma City. Eventually all chages against Kathryn
Kelly were dropped, and she was released in released from prison in 1958.

The kidnapping of Urschel and the two trials that resulted were historic in several ways:
 1) they were the first, last, and only federal criminal trials in the United States in
which moving cameras were allowed to film; 2) the first kidnapping trials after the
passage of the so-called Lindbergh Law, which made kidnapping a federal crime; 
3) the first major case solved by J. Edgar Hoover's evolving and powerful FBI.
For that, and for bragging he was going to break out of Leavenworth and get
Kathryn out in time for them to spend Christmas together, Kelly got sent to
 Alcatraz; 4) the first crime in which defendants were transported by airplane.
At the time, it was the largest ransom ever paid in the United States.

George "Machine Gun" Kelly was eventually transported back to Leavenworth,
where he died of heart trouble. After she was released from prison, Kathryn
returned to Oklahoma and worked as a bookkeeper until her death.

The End (of this crime story, anyway)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tuesday, July 25, 1933

Aunt Kate, Uncle Laten and Helen were by this morning. I got me a book to read and an ice cream cone today. I cooked the dinner and supper.

George "Machine Gun" Kelly and Kathryn Kelly's hideout
1408 Rayner Street in Memphis, TN 2010

Continued from July 24, 1933

Having been blindfolded throughout his ordeal, Charles F. Urschel made sure to
foil his kidnappers by noting all possible evidence of his experience such as
background sounds, counting footsteps and leaving fingerprints on every surface
in reach. This proved invaluable for the FBI in their investigation, as they soon
learned that Urschel had been held in Paradise, Texas. The house there was
raided and several of the Kellys' accomplices were arrested.

After bouncing around different states, dyeing their hair, and enjoying a lavish
lifestyle on the ransom money, the Kellys finally headed to George's hometown.
An investigation conducted at Memphis disclosed that after 56 days on the run,
the Kellys were staying at the residence of J.C. Tichenor. Special Agents from
Birmingham, Alabama, were immediately dispatched to Memphis, where, in the
early morning hours of September 26, 1933, a raid was conducted. George and
Katherine Kelly were taken into custody by FBI Agents and the Memphis Police.

Caught without a weapon, George Kelly supposedly cried, "Don’t shoot,
G-Men! Don’t shoot, G-Men!" as he surrendered to FBI Agents. The term
 (which had applied to all federal investigators, meaning simply 'Government Men')
became synonymous with FBI Agents. Reports of the raid, however, indicate
 that George Kelly came to the door, dropped his pistol and said, "I’ve been
waiting for you all night." Recent research revealed a 1933 newspaper interview
 with one of the federal agents at the arrest. He commented that, upon their arrest,
Katherine Kelly put her arms around George and said, "These G-men will
never leave us alone." The FBI press machine generated the G-Man
story to build its own reputation

To be continued . . .

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Monday, July 24, 1933

Mother got sick today like I am. She washed clothes this morning. I went out and played a little in the evening. Sure was hot.

John Gray
Kathryn Thorne Kelly (Mrs. George "Machine Gun" Kelly)
Born Cleo May Brooks, 18 March 1904 — Died 28 May 1985
Kidnapper and Gun Moll - gave her husband his first machine gun
Considered by the U. S. Department of Justice as the "brains of the Urschel kidnapping"

Continued from July 23, 1933 . . .

Having been burned once already when an Indiana kidnapping she and George carried
out  resulted in no ransom being paid, Kathryn was determined that the kidnapping of
Oklahoma oilman Charles F. Urschel would pay off big time. Urschel was held for nine
days, during which time several letters were sent to his family and friends demanding
 $200,000 for his release.

Following the instructions in the letters, $200,000 in used $20 notes of the Federal
Reserve Bank, Tenth District, was obtained and the serial numbers recorded. They
were placed in a new, light-colored leather Gladstone bag. At the same time,
another identical bag was purchased and filled with old magazines, in case of a
hijacking attempt. As a precaution, it was decided that two of Urschel's trusted
friends would take the money to Kansas City, as instructed. By prearrangement, 
one man sat just inside the rear end of the observation car, while the other sat on
the observation platform with the bag containing the magazines. Unbeknownst to
 them, Kathryn Kelly was also on that train.

Once the ransom was paid, Urschel was returned to his family. He was exhausted and
still in shock, but otherwise unharmed. That was when the FBI went to work . . .

To be continued . . .

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sunday, July 23, 1933

I felt better today. Went to church. I got some oranges and lemons. Raiferts went over to Mart's yesterday, but Mr. Raifert was over today.

George Kelly Barnes (July 18, 1895 – July 18, 1954)
AKA "Machine Gun" Kelly

At 11:15 p.m., on Saturday, July 22, 1933, Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Urschel, one of Oklahoma's wealthiest couples, were playing bridge with their friends, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Jarrett, on a screened porch of the Urschel residence at Oklahoma City. Two men, one armed with a machine gun and the other with a pistol, opened the screen door and inquired which of the two men was Mr. Urschel. Receiving no reply, they remarked, "Well, we will take both of them." After warning the women against calling for help, they marched Urschel and Jarrett to where they had driven their car, put them into the back of the Chevrolet sedan, and drove rapidly away.

Mrs. Urschel, in accordance with the Attorney General's advice to the public, immediately telephoned J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Department of Justice. Special Agents were sent to Oklahoma City, where an extensive investigation commenced.

At 1:00 a.m., Sunday, July 23, 1933, Jarrett made his way back to the Urschel residence. The victims had been driven to the outskirts of the city, where they had turned right on a dirt road parallel to the 23rd Street Highway and had proceeded northeast to a point about twelve miles from the city. After crossing a small bridge and arriving at an intersection, they had put Jarrett out of the car after they had identified him and had taken fifty dollars which he had in his wallet, warning him not to tell the direction the kidnappers had gone. He stated that after he was released the car proceeded south ...

To be continued

Friday, July 22, 2011

Saturday, July 22, 1933

I went swimming with Gweyn and Pauline. I got sick at my stomach and vomited three times. I think it's because I ate something.

Wiley Hardeman Post (November 22, 1898 – August 15, 1935)
July 22, 1933: Wiley Post Flies Around the World Alone

Pilot Wiley Post returns to Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York,
7 days, 18 hours, 49 minutes after leaving. Aided by new technology, his flight
is the first solo circumnavigation by air, and it’s also the fastest-ever around-the-world-trip.

Born in Texas, Post wanted to be a pilot after seeing his first airplane at a county fair at the
age of 15. His dream was almost ruined while working in the oil fields to earn money for an airplane:
He lost his left eye in an accident. Despite the lack of depth perception, Post was able to
earn his pilot’s license and, with his workers’ compensation checks, bought his first airplane.
Post quickly advanced his flying skills and became the personal pilot for wealthy oilman F. C. Hall.
His boss encouraged Post to use the plane when it wasn’t needed for business, and the now
32-year-old pilot promptly went out and won a prestigious air race from Los Angeles to Chicago.

With the success, Hall allowed Post to use the sleek Lockheed Vega aircraft, named Winnie Mae
after Hall’s daughter, to pursue any air records he wished. Post wasted no time, and in 1931 he and
navigator Harold Gatty broke the around-the-world record that had been held by an airship, the
Graf Zeppelin. Their 15,000-mile-flight lasted 8 days, 15 hours, 51 minutes and included 13 refueling
stops. The Winnie Mae had slashed more than 11 days off of the previous record.

In 1933, Post set out to fly around the world solo and, using a radio detection finder instead of
a human navigator, he did exactly that. In 1935, the record-setting pilot set off on a flight with his
good friend Will Rogers. The famous humorist had hired Post to fly him around Alaska in search
of new material for his newspaper column. The plane crashed into a lake and both men were killed.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Friday, July 21, 1933

I went swimming today with Gweyn and Pauline in the afternoon. I got my Beginner's Button. Mother is sick. Uncle L(aten) is sick.

Release Date: July 21, 1933
Directed by: John Cromwell
Produced by: Merian C. Cooper
Written by: Edward Poor Montgomery (Play) and Jane Murfin
Distributed by: RKO Pictures
Running Time: 69-70 minutes

A woman (Harding) tricks a playboy (Powell) into marrying her and then
 tries to make him legitimately fall in love with her.

Note: On 4 April and 11 April 2007, Turner Classic Movies premiered six films
produced by Cooper at RKO but out of distribution for more than 50 years.
Among the six films was Double Harness.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thursday, July 20, 1933

I read some magazines and sewed on the machine. Daddy went over to Raiferts' to play pinochle. Mother was sick.

Red Crown Tavern and Tourist Court
Platte County, Missouri

Built in 1931 by Parkville, Missouri, banker and developer Emmett Breen
at the junction of US 71 and Route 59 (now 1-435), the Red Crown was the site
of the July 20, 1933 gun battle between lawmen and outlaws Bonnie and Clyde and
three members of their gang. The outlaws made their escape, but would be tracked down
and cornered four days later near Dexter, Iowa, and engaged by another posse.

Uncharacteristically, Clyde Barrow was looking for a place the gang might hole up for
several nights. It was his usual practice to keep moving and never spend more than one
night in any given spot, but the previous weeks had been difficult. Bonnie had been badly
burned in a car wreck and two gang members had bungled a robbery and killed a town marshal.
With the police after them, they needed a place to stay that was out of the way. Unfortunately
for the gang, the clerk was suspicious of them from the beginning of their stay, and soon the
sheriff and numerous other lawmen descended on the two rooms at the back of the Red Crown.

All five members of the gang got away, but not without consequence. Blanche and Buck Barrow
got the worst of the shootout: his head wound would prove mortal, and flying glass would leave
 her blind in her left eye. Buck died in Iowa and Blanche was captured there. As for Bonnie and Clyde
and W.D. Jones,they got away again (on foot this time) to rob and fight another day.

(The shootout at the Red Crown was depicted in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, though the
sign on the motel in the movie reads "Platte City, Iowa," not Missouri.)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wednesday, July 19, 1933

Pauline and I went swimming in the afternoon. In the evening we went down to the Water Carnival and went swimming again.

Miss America 1933 Whistle Stop Tour

The Whistle Stop Tour -- the seven MidWest contestants -- from left: Iowa, Missouri,
Kentucky, Kansas, Arkansas, Idaho and Illinois - photo taken July 19, 1933 in Chicago
- four were subsequently disqualified in Atlantic City: Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois and Iowa

For seven weeks prior to the September Atlantic City Pageant, the seven MidWest
contestants went on a "Whistle Stop Tour," billed as "The Pageant Beauties." Traveling
 by train to small towns and large cities throughout the MidWest, they were exhibited and
they performed at various small theatres on their way to Atlantic City, probably for
 publicity, but also to raise money for their expenses.

Miss Connecticut, Marian Bergeron, was ultimately crowned Miss America 1933.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Tuesday, July 18, 1933

I straightened up the house today. Pauline and I climbed trees. I gave her back her magazine. Went over to Gweyn's.

Craig Stevens (July 8, 1918 – May 10, 2000)

Born Gail Shikles, Jr., in Liberty, Missouri, Stevens studied dentistry at Kansas City
University, from which he received a bachelor's degree in 1936. Acting with the university's
drama club prompted him to halt his studies and instead to audition in Hollywood. Adopting the
stage name Craig Stevens, he debuted in a small role in 1939 and thereafter played mainly secondary
parts. In 1944, he married Canadian actress Alexis Smith to whom he was wed for almost fifty years
until her death in 1993.

After nearly twenty years in film, Stevens gained national prominence in 1958 for his starring role
as private detective Peter Gunn, a television series which aired on NBC (and later ABC.) The
series was produced by Blake Edwards, who also wrote and directed many of the episodes.
The theme music was composed by Henry Mancini and helped establish his early fame. After
the series ended, Stevens worked in television, movies and stage work. He and his wife co-starred
in nationwide tours of the musical Plain and Fancy and the comedy Cactus Flower.

Stevens died from cancer at the age of eighty-one in Los Angeles, CA. The Stevenses were childless.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Monday, July 17, 1933

We washed today. Daddy got some tickets to the ballgame so we all went. Pauline went with us. They played under lights.

Kansas City Monarchs - 1920-1965
Satchel Paige (far right) and Buck O'Neill (4th from right)
Home Field: Blues Stadium, 22nd and Brooklyn, Kansas City, Missouri

The Kansas City Monarchs were the longest-running franchise in the history of
baseballs' Negro Leagues. Operating in Kansas City, Missouri, and owned by J. L. Wilkinson,
they were charter members of the Negro National League. Wilkinson was the first Caucasian
owner at the time of the establishment of the team. In 1930, the Monarchs became the first
professional baseball team to use a portable lighting system which was transported from
 game to game in trucks to play games at night, five years before any major league team did.
The Monarchs won ten league championships before integration, and triumphed in the first
Negro League World Series in 1924.

Following the death of the original league, the Monarchs spent several years as an
independent team, mostly barnstorming through the AmericanMidwest, West, and western Canada.
They became charter members of the Negro American League  in 1937, winning the first league title.
Even after the team was sold and moved to Michigan, they retained the name Kansas City
Monarchs. The Negro American League ceased operations in 1962 and the Monarchs finally
disbanded in 1965.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sunday, July 16, 1933

Went out to Winnwood Beach with Kate's. Went swimming. I found a "free milk" nickel. We won a box of candy.

1933 Joan Crawford M23 Philadelphia Record Supplement
Joan Crawford - July 16, 1933

Measuring 7-1/2" X 9-1/2", these dated black & white supplements were
included in Sunday issues of various newspapers and became collector's items.
The above photo came from the July 16, 1933 issue of The Philadelphia Record. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Saturday, July 15, 1933

Pauline and her mother and Sugar and Johnnie and I went down to the Grove but they closed the pool. Pauline gave me a magazine to read.

Street and Smith's Love Story Magazine - July 15, 1933 issue.
Love Story Magazine - July 15, 1933

Dramatic dames and daring rogues... Such characters filled the pages of Street & Smith's
 Love Story Magazine. This popular pulp magazine for women told tales of loves lost and
found, terrifying treacheries, broken hearts, tearful reunions, Prince Charmings and ladies
spurned. It also gave fashion advice, social tips, and detailed horoscopes-- all with lush

In business from 1864 to 1971, Street & Smith was the premier publisher of pulp fiction and
general interest publications. Among its pulp fiction periodicals, Street & Smith published
 adventure and sea stories (Air Trails, Do and Dare Weekly, Red Raven Library, Sea Stories
 Magazine, Tiptop Weekly); detective and mystery stories (Clues, Doc Savage, Mystery Story
Magazine, Nick Carter Weekly, Old Broadbrim Weekly, The Shadow); romances (Love Story
 Magazine, Romance Range); science fiction (Astounding Stories, Unknown); sports stories
(All-Sports Library, Athlete); westerns (Buffalo Bill Stories, True Western Stories, Pete Rice
Magazine, Western Story Magazine, Wild West Weekly); and young adult fiction (The Boys
of the World, Bowery Boy Weekly, Live Girl Stories, My Queen).

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Friday, July 14, 1933

I went down swimming with Pauline to the Grove. Helen came down there with her mother and my mother.

Emanuel and Avram Rosenthal, killed at Majdanek
Emanuel and Avram Rosenthal, killed at Majdanek

July 14, 1933: The Nazi Party is declared the only legal party in Germany.
The Nazis also pass a law stripping Jewish immigrants from Poland of their German citizenship. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Thursday, July 13, 1933

I didn't do much today. Pauline and Edda Mae were over. It sure was awfully hot.

July 13, 1933 was a truly historic day in the life of the resort town of Shediac,
New Brunswick, Canada. This was the day that Italian General Italo Balbo, Minister
of Aviation in Benito Mussolini’s cabinet, and his armada of twenty four Savoia Manchetti
S-55 flying boats alighted on Shediac Bay. They were on their way to the Chicago Century
of Progress Exhibition. This was the first massed flight of aircraft ever to cross the Atlantic.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wednesday, July 12, 1933

Went over to the hospital today. Aunt Katie and them were here. Went swimming in afternoon. Evening, too.

"Boots" of "Boots and Her Buddies" comic strip fame

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) July 11, 1933

Here she is, youngsters! “Boots,” the famous star of the comic strip, “Boots and Her Buddies,”
with two of the garments from her new summer outfit. The outfit will include 12 garments in all.
The water’s fine today, so her new bathing suits especially appeal to her. And now you can have
 the fun of trying them on “Boots” trim little figure. Just cut them out and color them.
Tomorrow (July 12) there will be two dresses for “Boots.” (See below)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Tuesday, July 11, 1933

Mr. Raifert is in General Hospital. Helen and Aunt Katie and Uncle Laten are coming over tomorrow to take us. Going to go swimming.

Kate "Ma" Barker (October 8, 1873 – January 16, 1935)
Born Arizona Donnie Clark in Ash Grove, Missouri

"Ma" and her husband, George Barker, had four boys named Herman, Lloyd, Arthur,
and Fred, all of whom were juvenile delinquents from an early age. In the early 1920s,
the family moved from Aurora, Missouri, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the four Barker boys
continued in their errant ways. Herman shot himself on August 29, 1927, after a shootout
 with police that lasted hours; in 1928, Lloyd was incarcerated in the federal penitentiary at
Leavenworth,  Kansas; shortly after Arthur went to the Oklahoma State Prison, and Fred to
the Kansas State Prison. At this point, George gave up on his wild family and left, and "Ma"
took up with a ne'er-do-well alcoholic named Art Dunlop.

Arthur and Fred Barker teamed up with Alvin Karpis and several other criminals to commit a
spree of robberies, kidnappings, and other crimes. In 1933, as the Barker-Karpis gang began to make
headlines, rumors spread that "Ma" was the gang's leader and its criminal mastermind. Some in the
FBI even worried that when they finally caught up with the gang, they would have to shoot the old
woman, too. The rumors were just that, however. Ma Barker certainly knew of the gang's
activities, and even helped them before and after they committed their crimes. This would make
her an accomplice, but there is no evidence that she was ever an active participant in any of
the crimes themselves or involved in planning them. In fact, notorious bank robber and Barker
cohort Harvey Bailey once said, "Ma Barker couldn't plan breakfast" let alone a criminal enterprise.

As the youngest, Fred was stuck with the job of caring for his mother. He hauled her and, sometimes,
 Dunlop around the country with him. Eventually he and his mother wound up renting a house
on the northern banks of Lake Weir, near the town of Ocklawaha, Florida. The FBI tracked them there
and engaged them in the longest gunbattle the FBI was ever involved in. It lasted four hours and there
 are reports that a minimum of 1500 rounds of ammunition were poured into the house. The bodies of Ma
and Fred were held in a morgue for eight months in hopes of attracting criminal visitors before they
were transported to Welch, Oklahoma and buried alongside Herman in the Williams Timberhill Cemetery.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Monday, July 10, 1933

Daddy gave me a quarter to put in my bell bank for my school books. I went swimming. Called Kate.

Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966)

Born in Piqua, Kansas, into a vaudeville family, Keaton spent his childhood on the road with
his family. Legend has it that he earned the nickname Buster after he fell down a flight of steps at a
theater, and a magician on the bill, Harry Houdini, said to the elder Keaton, "What a buster your
kid took!" Keaton's career took off when he met Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle (see June 29 entry), who
invited him to play a small role in The Butcher Boy. The two went on to star in a string of comedies.
It was at this point that Keaton developed the deadpan expression that earned him yet another
nickname, "The Great Stone Face." He also began wearing his trademark porkpie hat, many of which
he made himself by cutting down a Stetson and stiffening the brim with concentrated sugar water.

While professionally successful, Keaton had a fairly miserable personal life. He was married three
times, had two sons that he didn't really get to know until they were older, and was an alcoholic. His
third wife helped him stop drinking and salvage his career. He went on to star in any number of movies
and television shows and worked until right before he died of lung cancer. Keaton has two stars on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame: 6619 Hollywood Boulevard (for motion pictures); and 6321 Hollywood
Boulevard (for television).

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sunday, July 9, 1933

Today sure was hot. I went out and played with Betty a little while. Pauline and Sugar and I bought some candy.

*Note: The Great Depression ushered in a golden age of candy bars. Back then, they were referred to as "nickel bars" and marketed as a cheap source of quick calories.
Consisting of a lump of cherry foundant covered by a chocolate-and-peanut hash
the Twin Bing has been manufactured by the Palmer Candy for five generations. 

Abba-Zaba are taffy candy bars with peanut butter centers have been around since 1922.
Originally manufactured by Colby & McDermott, today they're made by Annabelle Candy Company.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Saturday, July 8, 1933

It rained for a while today. We all went swimming again (except Joyce). Daddy got a big roaster for dinner tomorrow.

Amelia Earhart.jpg
Amelia Mary Earhart (July 24, 1897 – missing July 2, 1937)
Born in Atchison, Kansas

Following are just a few of her Aviation Achievements

October 22, 1922 - Set women's altitude record of 14,000 feet

June 17-18, 1928 - First woman to fly across the Atlantic; 20hrs 40min (Fokker F7, Friendship)

Fall 1929 - Elected as an official for National Aeronautic Association and encouraged the
Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) to establish separate world altitude, speed
and endurance records for women

April 8, 1931 - Set women's autogiro record with 18,415 feet (in a Pitcairn autogiro)

May 20-21, 1932 - First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic 14hrs 56min
(It was also the 5th anniversary of Lindberg's Atlantic flight)

August 24-25, 1932 - First woman to fly solo nonstop coast to coast
Set women's nonstop transcontinental speed record, flying 2,447.8 miles in 19hrs 5min

July 7-8, 1933 - Broke her previous transcontinental speed record by making the
same flight in 17hrs 7min

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Friday, July 7, 1933

Pauline and Gweyn and Joyce and Edda May and I all went swimming. We swung in the swing up there, too. Concert was there.

Hold Your Man
Starring Clark Gable and Jean Harlow
Release Date (US wide): July 7, 1933
Screenplay by Anita Loos and Howard Emmett Rogers
Drama and Romance

In short, Ruby falls in love with small-time con man Eddie. During a botched blackmail scheme,
Eddie accidentally kills the man they were setting up. Eddie takes off and Ruby is sent to a
reformatory for two years. Then Eddie is caught and sent to prison, but not before he and
Ruby are secretly married.  When Eddie is released from prison, he and Ruby are reunited.

This was the third of six films that Gable and Harlow made together.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Thursday, July 6, 1933

Aunt Katie and Helen were over this afternoon. Helen and I exchanged magazines. We got some ice cream cones.

July 6, 1933: Major League Baseball's First All-Star Game
Above: Babe Ruth with a Chicago White Sox and a Chicago Cubs player

Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, came up with the idea for the game,
originally called “Game of the Century” to coincide with the celebration of the city’s
 “Century of Progress” Exposition. The game was conceived as a single, one-time event
to help lift the spirits of a country during our Great Depression.  However, its enormous
 popularity made the game an annual event. Scheduled for a day when no other games were
being played, it was held July 6, 1933 at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Retired Giants manager John
McGraw was chosen to manage the National League, while Athletics manager Connie Mack
 led the American League. To everyone's surprise, 47,595 fans filled the stands.

The first run was scored in the second inning, when AL starting pitcher Lefty Gomez drove in
Jimmie Dykes with a single. In the next inning, Babe Ruth gave fans what they came to see,
hitting a two-run homer into the right-field stands. The crowd were said to have “roared
in acclamation” for the homer, according to Baseball Almanac. The AL went on the win the game
4-2, bolstered by Ruth’s home run, Jimmy Dyke’s two hits, and 7 innings of two run pitching
 by Lefty Gomez, the winning pitcher. The National League was led by the "Fordham Flash,"
Frankie Frisch of the Cardinals, who had two hits, including a home run and two
hits by Bill Terry, the Hall of Fame first baseman of the NY Giants.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wednesday, July 5, 1933

I went swimming today with Mrs. Mitchell and Edda Mae. In the evening Gweyn and Pauline and I went swimming.

Sally Rand
Sally Rand (1904–1979) was born Helen Harriet Beck in Hickory County, Missouri.
During the 1920s, she acted on stage and appeared in silent films. Cecil B. DeMille gave
her the name Sally Rand, inspired by a Rand McNally atlas. After the introduction of sound
she became a dancer, known for her ostrich feather fan dance and balloon bubble dance. She
also performed under the name Billie Beck.

In 1936, she purchased The Music Box burlesque hall in San Francisco, which would later
become the Great American Music Hall. She starred in "Sally Rand's Nude Ranch" at the Golden
Gate International Exposition in San Francisco in 1939 and 1940. She continued to appear on stage
doing her fan dance into the 1970s. Sally Rand died in Glendora, California from undisclosed causes.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Tuesday, July 4, 1933

Went to Swope Park today and ate our lunch. In the evening we came home and had some fireworks.

July 4, 1933: Fireworks at the Chicago World Fair

Happy 4th of July!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Monday, July 3, 1933

I went swimming twice, with Pauline first and this evening with Gweyn and Pauline.

1933 Camel Cigarettes "Mind Reading" Magic Trick

"It's Fun to be Fooled, It's More Fun to Know"
Camel Cigarette Advertising
Magic tricks cartoon



Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sunday, July 2, 1933

As it was so hot today, Mother and I didn't go to church. I cut my foot again in the grass.

Randolph Scott and Vivian Gaye at the July 2, 1933, Los Angeles National Air Races. (Photo submitted by Bobby Copeland.)
July 2, 1933: Randolph Scott and Vivian Gaye
Los Angeles National Air Races

Randolph Scott (January 23, 1898 – March 2, 1987) was an American film actor whose
career spanned from 1928 to 1962. He appeared in a variety of genres in over 100 movies,
but his most enduring image in 60 of those movies is that of a tall-in-the-saddle Western hero.

With all those Westerns under his belt, Scott was inducted into the Western Performers
Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma, in 1975. He also received an In Memoriam Golden Boot Award for his work in
Westerns. Randolph Scott has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6243 Hollywood Blvd.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Saturday, July 1, 1933

It sure was hot today. The Grove swimming pool opened up today so Pauline and I went swimming.

The Grove, Swimming Pool
The Grove Swimming Pool, Kansas City, Missouri
Courtesy Missouri Valley Special Collections - KCMO Public Library

View of the pool at the Grove in Kansas City, Missouri. A lone swimmer
is visible with more people standing along the balcony looking down at the pool.
Believe it or not, this photo was taken on July 5, 1915!