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 #36

Janet Gaynor
No. 21 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
Born in Philadelphia on October 6th, 1907, and christened Laura Gainer, Janet's present success is due to her stepfather, who stood by her and encouraged her when she was making the rounds of the film studios looking for a job. She began as an extra, and after rising to play lead in one or two Western comedies, was given a chance with a dramatic role in The Flood (a.k.a. The Johnstown Flood). It was Seventh Heaven that swept her to success and began her popular partnership with Charles Farrell, with whom she appears in Change of Heart. Her other films include Paddy the Next Best Thing, The House of Connelly and Servants' Entrance.


operator_99 said...

The players series is very nice - there many cig.companies that included collector cards of movies stars and often they also sold/gave away a book for you to paste them in. Cool stuff. And no push here, but a visit to my blog Http:// features postcards (well actresses primarily) of stars from the same era. They were also very popular, especially in Europe. Love the images. Thanks.

swac said...

These cards are actually from a completed collector's album of them (the official one issued by Player's) that I picked up at a flea market for a measly $20 a number of years ago.

I have a few other random stray cards from other series, but it's enjoyable to have a complete set, especially one as handsome as these.