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 #31

Richard Dix
No. 16 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
"Christened Ernest Carlton Brimmer, Richard Dix was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 18th, 1894. His father wished him to become a doctor, like his brother, but Richard, upon graduating from college, decided upon a stage career. He scored a success, and then turned his attention to films, his first being Not Guilty. He was a popular star in silent pictures, and his popularity has not been diminished by the talkies. Among his recent successes are Ace of Aces, Day of Reckoning, Stingaree and His Greatest Gamble. He has been married twice, his second wife being Virginia Webster, his former Secretary."

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