Home Magazine Cover from the 1920s for a travel issue; Essie Davis as Miss Fisher.
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Using sources including the Treasures of the Film Archives, an international registry maintained by the International Federation of Film Archives, and conversations with American film archivists, Pierce determined that 1,575 of the 10,919 movies produced during the silent period still survive today in their complete, original form (on 35mm film), 1,174 exist as foreign releases or in lower-quality formats like 28mm or 16mm film, and 562 exist as fragmentary or abridged edits of the original features. 70 percent of those silent movies are gone forever.
"Our instructor, he told us all it takes is everything you got, and it’s true… Once you are committed to a goal, you can make it if you put everything into it."
Pfc. Cristina Fuentes Montenegro, First female Marines to graduate infantry training: ‘It takes everything you got’ | Marine Corps Times | marinecorpstimes.com
Google’s the most popular search engine in the world, but can it solve one of history’s more intractable problems? A new ad from the company’s India branch tries to show the power of the search engine by showing two old friends divided by the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan — reunited, sort of, by Google.
if this ad doesn’t make you cry, you have no soul.
These are the first four women to complete a 59-day grueling infantry training course for the U.S. Marines. Fifteen women began the course; these four completed it, but only three will graduate since the fourth woman was too injured to complete the combat fitness course.
CNN reported that the women won’t join infantry forces and instead will be assigned to non-combat roles.
Mavis Batey MBE, codebreaker extraordinaire at Bletchley Park during World War II, died this week at the age of 92.
Ironically, perhaps - to cryptographers and computer scientists, at least - her MBE was awarded in recognition of her work in preserving and conserving British gardens.
This was a task to which she applied herself with conspicuous success after her secretive work as a cryptanalyst during the war.
Batey’s big cryptographic breakthrough, tackling the Italian military’s use of the Enigma encryption machine in the early 1940s, gives us an fascinating insight into how cryptanalysts think.
Witnesses rushed to the aid of Nell Theobald, a model held in the toothy grip of a 223-pound lion until the lion’s jaws were pried open, at a BMW auto show press preview. Ms. Theobald’s woes continued after the mauling — although doctors saved her leg intact, the $3 million lawsuit she filed was settled, to her disappointment, for $250,000. Later, she became a predator of sorts herself, stalking a Swedish opera singer for nearly 10 years. Ms. Theobald committed suicide in 1977, asking that her ashes be scattered on the singer’s garden in Sweden. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times
The German recluse who hid his late father’s trove of Nazi-stolen art may be its legal owner today, but Germany has the authority — and moral obligation, some argue — to return the art to their Jewish owners and/or heirs.
The status of the haul is ambiguous nearly 70 years after World War Two, subject to conflicting claims and obscured by the secretive world of art dealing. The man in whose Munich flat it was found, Cornelius Gurlitt, may even get to keep it. Last year customs investigators seized 1,400 art works by European masters dating from the 16th century to the avant garde which had been hoarded by his father, one of the men Adolf Hitler put in charge of selling so-called “degenerate” art.
Hailed as one of the most significant discoveries of art looted by the Nazis, it has fueled feverish speculation about its provenance and likely claims from the heirs of Jewish collectors robbed, dispossessed or murdered by the Nazis.
"The legal situation as far as I can tell is that Gurlitt is the rightful owner of a large share of the work in question - even if that is questionable from a moral and ethical point of view," said Uwe Hartmann, head of the government agency charged with researching the provenance of art in public collections.
But Germany, already under fire for keeping the hoard secret for nearly a year, could face further criticism if it allows Gurlitt to keep the paintings, sketches and sculptures.
Photos: first image is of previously-unknown artwork by Marc Chagall; second image is by Henri Matisse (‘Sitting Woman’); third image is of artwork by Franz Marc ‘Pferde in Landschaft’ (‘Horses in Landscape’); fourth image is of two formerly unknown paintings by German artist Otto Dix. Photos by REUTERS/Michael Dalder.
Stieve drew two conclusions that continue to be cited (for the most part, uncritically). He figured out that the rhythm method doesn’t effectively prevent pregnancy. (He got the physiological details wrong but the conclusion right.) And he discovered that chronic stress—awaiting execution—affects the female reproductive system.
In August 2012, Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri said that women can prevent themselves from getting pregnant after a “legitimate rape.” Following an uproar, Akin lost his bid for re-election. Still, a few other Republicans have followed along, arguing that rape rarely results in pregnancy, to explain why they oppose an exception for rape victims in laws that restrict access to abortion. Whether they know it or not, Stieve’s work is the source for their discredited claim.
Author Cate Lineberry tells the story of twenty-six Army nurses and medics who crashed in Nazi-occupied Albania in November 1942, and their months-long struggle for survival behind enemy lines.
Join us on Friday, November 8, at noon. Enter through the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue. (Or watch live on our Ustream channel.)
A signing of Lineberry’s book The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines will follow the program.
Image: "Nurses are needed now. Army Nurse Corps.", 1941 - 1945 National Archives Identifier: 513647