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 #23

Mary Brough
No. 8 in a series of 50 from Players Navy Cut Cigarettes
The late Mary Brough was born in London on April 16th, 1863, and educated at Clapham High School. Her father, Lionel Brough, was well known on the stage--he was the original Taffy in Trilby. Mary first appeared in Nine Points of the Law in 1881, and after a long and successful career on the stage she became even more popular on the screen. Her first picture was Beauty and the Barge, and she made others before appearing in Rookery Nook, one of the series of Aldwych farces in which she was best known. Among her latest pictures are Up to the Neck and Turkey Time. This versatile Actress died on Sept. 30th, 1934.

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