Mantrap 1926

The above clip is from Mantrap a 1926 American black-and-white silent film based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis.

Harry Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 – January 10, 1951), better known as Sinclair Lewis, was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was awarded “for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters.” His works are known for their insightful and critical views of American capitalism and materialism between the wars. He is also respected for his strong characterizations of modern working women. Source Wikipedia

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Book Review: Vallejo

Vallejo native (Brendan Riley) pens book on Vallejo’s old ‘barbary coast,’ holds book signing Saturday

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen, Vallejo Times-Herald

POSTED: 08/14/17, 3:11 PM PDT | UPDATED: 1 WEEK AGO

“There’s a chapter on Baby Face Nelson that was really fascinating for me,” Riley said. He came as a “guest” of  Tobe Williams, an old safe cracker, who ran Vallejo General Hospital. According to FBI reports, though (Nelson) “committed no crime here that we know of, there was a murder during that time that was never solved.”

Nelson and his wife felt safe enough in Vallejo to “walk around town like anybody else, going to the movies, and so on,” despite being, at one point, the most wanted man in the United States, he said.

“The technology we have now didn’t exist which is why he came out to the West Coast; because the FBI was doing most of its searching in the Midwest,” Riley said.

Nelson wasn’t just hanging out in the Bay Area, but ran a bootleg liquor operation from Marin and San Francisco, while on the lam, he said.

Nelson returned to the Chicago area from Vallejo, and was soon killed in a shootout with two FBI agents, Riley said.

“At that time, he was Public Enemy No. One, after John Dillinger died in July 1934,” he said. “Nelson left Vallejo in October 1934 and died that November.”

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Book Review: Flappers

Lost Girls: The Invention of the Flapper by Linda Simon

With bobbed hair and flat chests Flapper Fanny and her friends were the scourge of polite society, says Ysenda Maxtone Graham

The ladies’ solo Charleston champion Miss Hardie in 1925
The ladies’ solo Charleston champion Miss Hardie in 1925GETTY IMAGES


I (Ysenda Graham) always thought flappers were mainly a 1920s phenomenon. This book shows how wrong I was. As long ago as the 1890s the term flapper, already being used to mean “young prostitute”, came to be generalised and sanitised to describe thin, long-legged adolescent girls who were “flapping their butterfly wings”. By 1910 the flapper movement was going strong, much to the horror of mothers and the despair of clergymen. Read more.

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Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939. The book won the National Book Award] and Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962.

Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they are trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other “Okies“, they seek jobs, land, dignity, and a future. [Source Wikipedia]

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Model A Fords

Classic Model A Fords to invade Port Alberni

Members of the Lions Gate Model A Club will take over Port Alberni this week as they have chosen the Alberni Valley and surrounding locales for their 2016 summer tour.


Seven or eight Model As and will be in town, and a few other members will follow in their modern cars, trip organizer Hugh Hunter said.

Model As were the Ford Motor Company’s second most popular car (behind the Model T), built from 1927–31. The first cars off the lot were built in October 1927 but considered a 1928 model. More than one million Model As were sold in their first year of production, so they are one of the most commonly photographed vehicles from their era.

“It was the second generation mass production of any car,” said Hunter of Powell River, who owns a 1931 Model A.” Read more.

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Model A Ford Day

Alliston Herald –

June 4, 2016

Model A Ford day raises money for Alliston hospital foundation

New Tecumseth Mayor Rick Milne, Trillium Ford Lincoln general manager Eric Vant Spyker, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson, and the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation's Marg Barber. Dozens of Model A Fords rolled into Trillium Ford Lincoln for the annual inspection day, which also supports the Alliston hospital foundation. The event raised $1,550 for the foundation.

New Tecumseth Mayor Rick Milne, Trillium Ford Lincoln general manager Eric Vant Spyker, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson, and the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Marg Barber. Dozens of Model A Fords rolled into Trillium Ford Lincoln for the annual inspection day, which also supports the Alliston hospital foundation. The event raised $1,550 for the foundation.

Alliston Herald

Dozens of Model A Fords rolled into Trillium Ford Lincoln for the annual inspection day, which also supports the Alliston hospital foundation.

The event saw 45 vehicles from the 1920s and 1930s owned by members of the Huronia Wire Wheels Club get a pre-summer safety inspection at the Alliston dealership

A charity barbecue hosted by Jack Astor’s Barrie raised money for the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation to purchase an automated medicine cabinet for the OB/GYN Unit.


1920 The Drowsy Chaperone

Chico Theater Company makes the ’20s alive again in ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’


By Verda Mackay, Correspondent May 28, 2016


Chico Theater Company brings those questionable items to audiences with the Tony Award winning musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” opening June 3-26.

It is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s and opened on Broadway in 2006 to major audiences.

“I like this show because it pays homage to the late ’20s and ’30s that was the golden age of Broadway,” explained director Garry Hibbs. “That’s when there were all the chorus girls and the bald headed men would sit in the front row because the chorus girls were wearing abbreviated costumes. It was a fun, fun time for the theatre.


For information and tickets, call the Chico Theater Company Box Office at 894-3282 or go online to


Immersive Theater Concept ‘The Speakeasy’ Returns With New Home This Summer

SPEAKEASY by Geri Koeppel

The Speakeasy, an immersive theater experience in which audience members are engaged in the show, will reopen this summer in its permanent home, bringing flappers, mobsters and more to a secret location near the Chinatown-North Beach border every weekend.

The show started as a production of Boxcar Theatre, founded in 2005 by Nick A. Olivero, and had an initial sold-out run of 75 shows in 2014 at a “secret” location in the Tenderloin. It was done up to look like a Prohibition-era nightclub complete with a dance hall room and “gambling” den. The audience is required to dress in cocktail attire, and they’re encouraged to wear period clothing.


Presale tickets will go online at 10am June 9th to members of Club 1923 and affiliated groups. Tickets for the general public will go on sale June 13th. For information, online sales and to register as a Club 1923 member, which will have an annual fee, visit Tickets for previews will be $85 and the regular run will be around $100; the cost of Club 1923 hasn’t been determined. READ MORE

Hayward Exhibit Salutes Model A Ford


Hayward exhibit salutes Model A Ford

Staff Report

POSTED: 05/05/2016 09:09:16 AM PDT

A new Hayward exhibit salutes the Model A, one of the best-selling cars in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Acorn A’s Model A Ford Club of Castro Valley is lending some of its cars to “The Model A Era” exhibit at the Hayward Area Historical Museum of History and Culture. The exhibit opens Saturday and runs through June 19.

The car enthusiast club developed the show.

Three examples of Model A Fords will be displayed, along with interactive exhibits and clothing and jewelry from the era of the popular car. Sales of the Model A, which replaced the Model T, were high until the Great Depression hit.

“Fashions of the Model A Era,” an informal fashion show highlighting the clothing worn then, is planned for May 21. The fashion show starts at 1 p.m. and is included in the price of museum admission.

The museum, at 22380 Foothill Blvd. in Hayward, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free for historical society members. READ MORE