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 #46


Joan Marsh
No. 31 in a series of 50 from Players Navy Cut Cigarettes
Born on July 10th, 1914, in the San Joaquin Valley, California, this famous film star was christened Nancy Ann Rosher. Her father was Charles Rosher, a well-known camera-man who at one time photographed Mary Pickford's films. Nancy began her film career when nine months old, but left the screen when she was seven to be educated. When she was fifteen, she returned to the studios and adopted her present name, Joan Marsh. She specializes in tap and acrobatic dances, but she seldom displays this talent in her films, the latest of which include Rainbow Over Broadway and You're Telling Me.

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