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 #24


Jack Buchanan
No. 9 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes.
Jack Buchanan, the son of an auctioneer, was born in Scotland on April 2nd, 1891 and educated there. He made his first stage appearance in Glasgow in 1912 and in the autumn of the same year, made his London debut at the Apollo Theatre. Fame first came to him while he was touring in Tonight's the Night and he speedily became a West End musical comedy favourite. He now mixes his stage work with screen work, and his films include Goodnight Vienna, Yes Mr. Brown, That's a Good Girl and Brewster's Millions.

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