Monday, 30 March 2015

Magazine Monday: Picture Show, February 1921

Picture Show was a weekly British film magazine which ran from 1919 to 1960. This issue, which hit the shops on February 19th 1921, features Nick Cogley on the cover, billed as a 'black white female impersonator'. By 1921 blackface had already begun to fall out of favour for serious roles, but was still a common sight for background characters and comedy parts. Said Picture Show (#9): 'It is difficult to realise that Nick Cogley is not always black and not always a woman'. Hmmm, if you say so.

This issue also has the expressions of Viola Dana (#7), reviews of the (long forgotten) best films of the week (#20), and some interesting things to say on dental care (#18) - 'One should visit a reliable dentist at least once every three months for a thorough examination ... Tincture of myrrh diluted is an excellent rinse for the mouth and gums; peroxide of hydrogen is also beneficial in killing any germs and whitening the teeth.'


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The correspondence page (#23) discusses that phenomena we're all so familiar with - the meteoric rise and fall of celebrity. 'You can put it down to a certain fickleness in human affection, and you will be right. But you will be right, too, if you take into consideration the keen spirit of competition which exists. ... Yet even in the saddened reflection concerning old favourites there is a grain of wisdom which might benefit the host of film aspirants. It is this: That the glory of stardom is, after all, a transient thing.'





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