Little Girls with their Dolls in Sleighs ~ c.1909
Australia might be able to claim the first feature film (1906), but here’s something from 1901!
As an appendix to our previous post on the interesting history of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, here is a link to a Youtube video containing the first known film adaptation of Dickens’s classic story. Directed by Walter R. Booth, the British-produced film was only a short piece, and the only surviving footage we have is incomplete. The film’s title was Scrooge, or, Marley’s Ghost. Until the 2011 discovery (or rather rediscovery) of a short film from 1900/1 called The Death of Poor Joe (based on the death of the crossing sweeper in Bleak House), this was the oldest known film adaptation of Dickens’s work.
Since the film was made in 1901, it is, of course, a silent film. As a result, a number of intertitles (pieces of filmed printed text edited into the midst of the photographed action of the film) had to be utilised. This was…
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Enmore Theatre lorry – free Christmas cake to each child, Sat. matinee 24 Dec 1938 / by Sam Hood
Christmas takes on an entirely different meaning when it happens in the middle of summer. However, it’s only in recent years that Australians have started to move away from the classic heavy, wintry British Christmas fare. Pre Second World War, 1930s Australia was (and still is for many) all about the pudding and the roast and the Christmas cake, as illustrated in the picture above.
Wealthy entrepreneur Rafe Bowman has come to London to marry Lady Natalie, an aristocratic bride who will help to further his ambitions. But two things stand in his way : Lady Natalie’s disapproving companion Hannah . . . and Rafe’s passion for a woman he should not want and can never have . . .
If you buy the paper version of this book, you’ll have a wonderful hardcover book with not only the most gorgeous cover in the historical romance genre, but also old-style paper. It’s really worth spending the money for it!
Then, as now, there were always girls who were overlooked and ignored by gentlemen who really should have known better.
Sometimes I think I’m too hard on some historical romance authors and start to wonder whether I should give books higher ratings. However, then I pick up a Lisa…
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