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Spring 2016 25

There is something to be said for pub-

crawling. Phil Murphy of West River,

Maryland was staring at his unfin-

ished double Shirley Temple with

extra cherry and picked it up to polish

it off when he suddenly focused on the

bar coaster underneath it. He saw

“SAAC” and signalled to the bartender

that he had had enough. But he was

not seeing things. The coaster was

from the Specialty Advertising Associ-

ation of Chicago. While Murphy was

wondering about what this meant,

Pardee, who had been sitting next to

him at the bar and slugging back

White Russians like they were free

(which they were because he had con-

vinced the bartender to put them on

the hapless Murphy’s tab), drunkenly

suggested that they had an actionable

misdeed and should tell SAAC to

begin immediate legal proceedings for

copyright infringement. Murphy

agreed but when he read his bill he ac-

tually fell off his bar stool. It was ten

times what he expected it to be. At

that point, of course, Pardee was

nowhere to be found.

In the Silent Film Era of the 1920s

there was a 15-part serial titled, “The

Master Mystery” starring Harry Hou-

dini. At the end of each chapter he gets

tied up or locked in some inescapable

situation. He is able to escape at the

beginning of the following week’s

episode. This title card from late in

Chapter 12 foretells the trap Harry is

headed for. The one thing Harry can-

not escape from is the wedding ring

that encircles the finger of his sweet-

heart at the end of the chapter. Steve

Sloan of Pasadena, Texas has a special

interest in silent films and it seems

there are a lot of references to cobras.

Cory Hitchcock of Granite Falls,Wash-

ington is another frequent contributor

here. He recently saw an article in the




about a

toddler who was named Isis because

her parents were interested in Egypt-

ian mythology. “Isis” was an Egyptian

princess. Fast-forward to today, where

ISIS has a totally different connota-

tion. The article highlighted her prob-

lems and touched on people asking if

her parents would change her name

(they won’t). The sociological aspects

were not what held Hitchcock’s inter-

est, however. It was the Cobra pedal

car in the picture’s background that

caught his eye.

Bill Fulk of Sacramento, California is

a self-admitted teeny-bopper/slasher

film freak. We’re ok with that – every-

one is entitled to their own little

quirks. He spotted the Cobra RV in

the “Friday the 13th” movie.

Here’s another one. It’s from the 1929

silent movie “The Magician.” The

premise is an evil magician/alchemist/

hypnotist finds a formula to create life

but one of the ingredients required is

the blood of a virgin. That might be a

tall order today but in 1929, not so

much. This scene takes place in the

snake charmer’s tent at a local carni-

val where he spots a potential victim,

although it is not evident how he de-

termined in advance her state of

chasteness. A minor detail.

We look forward to the winter auction

season for a lot of reasons, but one

good one is because it brings out some

really nice full-page advertisements.

Cobras and Shelbys are natural atten-

tion-getters and it seems a couple of

stunners show up every year.