Here are 10 things you should know about character actress Una O’Connor, born 138 years ago today. She wasn’t subtle, but she got the job done.
Here are 10 things you should know about the delightful Stan Laurel, born 128 years ago today in Ulverston, England.
Here are 10 things you should know about the delightful character actress May Robson, born 160 years ago today.
In this week’s Snapshot in Prose, we convene with Ray Noble‘s favorite vocalist (and one of ours, too), Mr. Al Bowlly. We learn that Bowlly had a fledgling career as a barber before he became a professional singer and that he grew up not in England, as we’d always thought, but in Johannesburg, South Africa. Join us for this 1935 tête-à-tête with Mr. Bowlly.
“They’re the only kind of songs I like to sing,” said the popular Al when we cornered him in Radio City’s luxurious Rainbow Room. “Of course, I often have to sing other types but I can’t put my heart into anything without a touch of romance.”
Albert Bowlly, who is currently appearing with Ray Noble at New York’s swanky Rainbow Room, 65 stories above the clatter and clamor of Manhattan, and can be heard over a coast-to-coast hook-up several times a week, was born on a farm near Johannesburg, South Africa, about thirty years ago.
Vintage travel posters inspire in us a two-pronged yearning: They give us the itch to roam, and they make us wish we could indulge in a little time travel, too.
The Boston Public Library is currently hosting an exhibition of vintage travel posters, and the organizers, bless their hearts, have posted the library’s entire collection of travel posters on the web, for those of us who might have trouble making our way to Beantown before October 17, when the exhibition ends. We’ve picked a few of our favorites for your consideration below, but we encourage you to check out the more than 340 others via this slide show. It’s the cheapest form of travel, both terrestrial and temporal, one could hope for.