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Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the by Wallace Stegner

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By Wallace Stegner

During this ebook Wallace Stegner recounts the sucesses and frustrations of John Wesley Powell, the prestigious ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the place of origin of Indian tribes of the yank Southwest. A prophet with no honor who had a profound realizing of the yank West, Powell warned some time past of the risks fiscal exploitation might pose to the West and spent a great deal of his existence overcoming Washington politics in getting his message throughout. basically now, we may possibly realize simply how actual a prophet he used to be.

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From left to right, William S. Hart, Mary Pickford, Jesse L. Lasky, and Cecil B. DeMille stand outside Pickford’s bungalow. In 1916, Pickford signed a contract with the studio at a record-breaking salary of $10,000 a week. Hart would soon join the studio under the Artcraft Pictures subsidiary. Artcraft was set up to distribute the films of Hart, Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Dorothy and Lillian Gish. It was discontinued in 1921. 38 Geraldine Farrar, 1916. Lasky lured soprano Geraldine Farrar away from the New York Metropolitan Opera for a time by awarding her the star treatment, including a private railroad car to carry her west, a two-story house in Hollywood, and her own bungalow on the lot, seen above, with, from left to right, DeMille, Farrar, and Lasky.

This plot of land, like most of Hollywood, suffered from urban blight for decades. Billions of dollars of new investment has poured into the city over the past two decades, which has helped turn the tide. Currently, the corner of Selma Avenue and Vine Street, where the barn used to stand, is a parking lot, but a new $240-million project involving 360 apartments and a 60,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market is in the works. 59 Paramount Studios, 1926. From left to right above, Jesse L. Lasky, Frank Garbutt, Adolph Zukor, and Milton Hoffman survey the progress of their new studio while surrounded by workers.

Levee took his studio-building talents to the new First National Pictures Studios lot in Burbank, which, two years later, would become the new home of Warner Bros. Levee would later return to his former digs in 1929 to become executive manager for Paramount. He would remain at this post until 1932. Levee was one of the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and became one of Hollywood’s top talent agents. 50 United Backlots, 1923 and 1927. These photographs show some interesting sets on the United Studios backlots, including the skeleton of a dinosaur (above), two views of an ocean liner set (above and below), and a log cabin (below).

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