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So I made a nice, reasonable statement about how Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton are both highly talented and, while it is perfectly proper to prefer one over the other, it is ridiculous to try to force everyone to conform to your opinion or argue about something that is purely a matter of taste.

And, like clockwork, someone said, “Yeah, but Keaton is better and I will go to the death on this.”

And so then I looked like Boris Karloff, as seen above. Sheesh, people!

I totally agree with this, and I find the Chaplin/Keaton comparison especially meaningless because they were each working in very different styles of comedy. It’s silly to compare one as “better” than the other (most people will agree that they were both great anyway) when their comedic aims were so different.


Young woman holding helium-filled balloon

ca. 1890
tintype with applied color
Image/Overall: 9.7 x 5.8 cm

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Looking West Down 4th Avenue South From 9th Street, Lethbridge, AB, 1920-22.

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Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, “Herbstlied,” Op. 63 No. 4

“ I think she finds herself let down. I think she finds herself disappointed by reality and she sees that although she’s living in the doldrums of reality, she’s been told that there’s far greater life somewhere and she’s bitterly disappointed that she doesn’t have access to it. ”

—    David Bowie on the girl in his song ‘Life On Mars?’ (via timemcflys)

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Two Canadian Nurses - May, 1917

Original Image Source: George Metcalf Archival Collection

It is easy to understand why Canadian nurses were nicknamed “bluebirds” when catching a glimpse of their white veils and blue uniforms. Nurses were provided with a light blue service uniform, seen on the left, as well as a navy blue ceremonial uniform worn by the nurse on the right. Both are displaying the nursing cape with crimson lining. More details about the uniform and other items included in a nurse’s kit can be found on the Collections Canada website.

In total 3,141 sisters volunteered for the Canadian Army Nursing Service between 1914-1918. But nursing behind the front lines was not without danger; 47 Canadian nurses gave their lives during the First World War, which includes more than a dozen who were killed when a Canadian hospital ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1918.

You can find out more about the role of Canadian nurses in the Great War and the names of those that gave their lives from the Veterans Affairs website.

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Ingrid Bergman's first technicolour screen test in 1938.

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