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POST-GAZE'n'E, JULY 14, 2017 PAGE 5 A Frank De Pasquale Venture ABOUT THIS & THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso A Short Comedy about Baseball www~depasc Baseball and Bloomers In the eleven years it oper- ated (1909 to 1920), New York's Thanhauser Film Cor- poration produced over a thou- sand films. Neither the studio nor the movies produced under its roof are well remembered today, though one, the socially conscious The Cry of the Chil- dren from 1912, was inducted into the National Film Registry. The studio itself resulted from the labor of Edwin Than- hauser and, until 1912 when it sold to the Mutual Film Cor- poration, it was the leading independent film studio. By 1914, the Thanhauser Film Corporation had survived two major catastrophes. One was a fire which destroyed the main facility in New Rochelle along with many film prints, equip- ment, and costumes. Fortu- nately, the company had by then established subsidiary studios which accommodated film crews for current produc- tions while the main studio was rebuilt. It even inspired them to make a film about the disaster entitled When the Studio Burned. However, though company stayed afloat for five more years, the 1914 death of stu- dio manager Charles Hite in an automobile accident proved harder to recuperate from. Thanhauser took to managing the studio himself, but found revenue to be dropping and keeping up with the evolving industry difficult. He closed his creation in 1919 and liqui- dated it the following year. A good number of the fdms produced at the Thanhauser studio survive, though a num- ber, inevitably, have been lost. Among them is Baseball and Bloomers, a short comedy from 1911 about a female baseball team that takes revenge on a men's team that taunts them when they challenge on the field. All that is known from the plot comes from a write-up in The Moving Picture World UNCTION FAC1LIT 7 Specializing in the art of celebration Wedding, Anniversary, Quinceafiera, Reunion, Birthday, Social and Corporate Events. Convenient location and valet parking makes Spinelli's East Boston the perfect location. We are dedicated to the highest level of service and professionalism to ensure the success of your special occasion. Save the Date: 8-10-1 ' 280 Bennington Street, East Boston, MA Please Call 617-567-4499 describing it as follows: "Miss Street's Seminary for Girls has a very ambitious class of pupils. The young athletes, not content with basketball and tennis, aspire to shine in the great American game, and organize a baseball club. They are so satisfied with them- selves that they finally send a challenge to Adair College, which has a crowd of husky young athletes in a club that thinks it amounts to some- thing. When the challenge is received, the boys are first angry, then amused. They decide to accept it, to have fun with the girls. The young women, after some practice, realize that their team, while it may be pretty to look at, is of little real use on the dia- mond. And the prospect makes them weep. Fortunately for the girls, Jack, the brother of the president, arrives from Har- vard. His chum, Jim, is with him. These two young men are baseball stars themselves, and when they are told of the pre- dicament of the girls, they good naturedly offer to help them out. The university men dis- guise themselves as girls, act as battery for the young women, and the college boys, who had looked for a laughable victory, are mowed down, inning after inning, because of the work of pitcher Jack and catcher Jim. The other members of the 'girl' team have nothing to do except look pretty. When the boy ath- letes have retired from the field vanquished, the girls reward their battery with one kiss -- only one -- from each of the other seven players." Not much is known of the production or the credits. Even the director and writers remain unknown. What is known, though, is that Baseball and Bloomers was the debut of Marguerite Snow, who would go on to build a career at Than- hauser's studio. The film had a wide release ranging from Pennsylvania to Hawaii and garnered good enough reviews. Its loss follows a sLmilar pat- tern of lost films from the first half of the twentieth century and was probably a casualty of the 1913 studio fire. for NEAD Jot Salon on Lewis Wharf is running a fundraiser for North End Against Drugs (NEAD) on Thursday, August 10th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There will be free light fare, raffles etc. Stop by and treat yourself to some very inexpensive indulgences at the Salon and support NEAD's programs! More details to follow in the next few weeks. 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Job demands, kids, hectic schedules, aging bodies, and changing interests have led to gardens that are not in balance with our lifestyle. Time for some "editing." This inspiring lecture by Kerry Ann Mendez, award-winning garden educator, author, and design consultant, provides easy-to-follow fight-sizing strategies, recommended no-fuss Kerry Ann Mendez plant material, and design tips for stunning year-round gardens that will be as close to "autopilot" as you can get. Perfect for city gardening. Mendez will walk and discuss perennial plants at Christopher Columbus Park, then give an entertaining and educational lecture at the North End Library titled "Gardening Simplified: Exceptional Plants and Design Solutions for Time-Pressed and Maturing o Gardeners." i0:00 - 11:00 am Perennial garden walk and talk in Christopher Columbus Park. Meet at the Columbus statue. 11:45 - 2:00 pm Slide lecture and book signing at the North End Branch Library 25 Parmenter Street For more info on Kerry Ann Mendez, please visit speaker/. For more info on this event, contact info( Public Insurance Adjuster Since 1969 FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS AUTO * HOMEOWNERS * TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference 209 BROADWAY, REVERE, MA 02151 Tel. 781.284.1100 Fax 781.284.2200 Free Parking Adjacent to Building ' :: " I