Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter, or Ēostre.

Easter, or Ēostre in Saxon English, was formerly a pagan celebration held during the month of Ēastermōnaþ or April, to celebrate the coming of spring. Its namesake is the Germanic goddess Ēostre or Ostara.

Pictured here are four Easter cards from the Museum collection.

Each card delivered a piece of candy to the recipient either attached to the front of the card as on the top two cards, or hidden in a pocket behind a decorative flap.

On the cards to the left, the candy was hidden in the Easter bonnet and the Easter basket.

The back of the card on the left, is pictured below, showing the enclosure for the candy.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Scenes from a lost movie.

Anne Shirley Wikipedia Page
The photograph on the right, from the Museum's Martha Fritch Pilger collection, depicts the young actress best known as Anne Shirley, a name she took from the "Anne of Green Gables" movies in which she later starred.

Her real name was Dawn Evelyeen Paris, though in this movie, "The Man Who Fights Alone", she was billed as Dawn O'Day.

This silent movie, which is now lost, was shot here in the San Lorenzo Valley, around Ben Lomond.

Pictured to the left, with leading actor William Farnum's chair, is Boulder Creek resident Amedro Piccioni. Piccioni had opened an Italian boarding house in 1914, on Big Basin Way.