The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Collect 'Em All #15


Elizabeth Allan
No. 1 in a series of 50 from Players Navy Cut Cigarettes.
"The daughter of a doctor, Elizabeth Allan was born in Skegness on April 9th, 1910 and was educated at a Quaker school in Darlington. She studied elocution and taught in a kindergarten, but turned to the stage, making her debut at the Old Vic. In 1931 she appeared in her first film (Alibi-a British production), and immediately became in great demand at all the British studios. Her work in Service for Ladies brought her an American contract. Her latest pictures include The Mystery of Mr. X, Men in White, Java Head (British) and David Copperfield. She is married to W.J. O'Bryen, her manager."

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