25 March 2017

Carte Blanche for Everything Croton

Everything Croton is a blog that reports on local issues in the village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York. But editor Maria also loves all things vintage and at least a third of the posts are reserved for movies, vintage Christmas, history, antiques, and such. We gave Maria carte blanche for this guest post and she chose some of her favourite EFSP posts, some with a 'Croton-on-Hudson' connection.

Imported from the USA: Gloria Swanson

Gloria Swanson in Stage Struck (1925)
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 1488/3, 1927-1928. Photo: Paramount / Parafumet. Publicity still for Stage Struck (Allan Dwan, 1925).

Maria: "Swanson lived in Croton-on-Hudson in the 1920s. You can read more about that here."

Erich von Stroheim

Erich von Stroheim
British postcard in the Picturegoer series, London, no. 20a. Photo: Fox.

"Erich von Stroheim, a most talented director and actor, rumored—but never confirmed--to have spent time in Croton at the Swanson estate."

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

German postcard by Ross-Verlag, no. 133/3. Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Publicity still for Ben-Hur (Fred Niblo, 1925) with Messala (Francis X. Bushman) and Ben-Hur (Ramon Novarro) during the famous chariot race. Mark how the tribunes are empty and the upper part of the circus is missing (it was projected into the film using a hanging model).

"Former matinee idol Francis X. Bushman also had a Croton-on-Hudson connection."

Charles Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin, The Circus
French postcard by Editions Cinematographiques, no. 499. Photo: United Artists. Publicity still for The Circus (1928). Collection: Didier Hanson.

Chaplin (1992)

Chaplin (1992)
French postcard by Editions Mercuri, no. 813. Photo: Tri-Star Pictures. Publicity still for Chaplin (Richard Attenborough, 1992), which featured Robert Downey Jr. as Charles Spencer Chaplin.

"Chaplin also had a Croton connection to the editor of The Masses, Max Eastman."

Our Gang's Jean Darling and Dickie Moore R.I.P.

Jean Darling RIP (1922-2015)
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 4356/1, 1929-1930. Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Publicity still of Our Gang a.k.a. The Little Rascals with Jean Darling, the blonde girl.

"The Little Rascals post from EFSP - because they still have lots of fans here in Croton!"

Merry Christmas!

Jayne Mansfield
Jayne Mansfield. French postcard by Edition Humour a la carte. Photo: Filmhistorisches Bildarchiv Peter W. Engelmeier.

"The 2016 EFSP Merry Christmas post."

Thank you Maria, and greetings from us here at EFSP to everybody in Croton!

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