Entertainment in the Era of Steamships & Ocean Liners
The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives Arts & Entertainment Collection contains brochures, flyers, images and articles on a number of related topics. Our focus is on steamships and ocean liners.
Concerts and Programs
In the talent and renown of the conductors, accompanists, singers, instrumentalists, in conjunction with the Atlantic steamship's orchestra, composed of second-cabin stewards, the program was a complete success.
Extremely Rare Farewell Souvenir Grand Charity Concert for The Montreal Sailors Institute held on the RMS Hesperian in the First Class Dining Saloon on 21 August 1908.
Second Class Concert Program performed onboard the White Star Line Olympic, the sister ship of the Titanic. It was likely that the crew and passengers participated in putting on the concert which included a number of solo pieces and recitations.
Early United States Lines Musical Program for the Cabin class passengers of the SS President Monroe. Like many concerts, this program was designed to solicit funds for various Seamen's charities.
View our entire collection of onboard concerts and other programs.
Motion Pictures on Steamships
One of the late developments in transatlantic passenger traffic is the extensive use made of great liners for the production of movie films. Of course, only large film companies can afford to send their leading men and women on board liners the day of sailing.
Special Issue of the Mentor provides in-depth coverage of Motion Pictures, The Miracle of Modern Photography - a glimpse into the beginings of film making in the early 1920s.
D. W. Griffith, setting his natural stage for a "long shot" in his epoch-making photoplay, "Birth of a Nation."
I was proud that I had been elected to record and dramatize the stupendous events that were then making history. Most of all, I was thrilled at this acknowledgment of the power of the moving picture to narrate, to stimulate, and to perpetuate.
Motography unfolds the petals of the flower, discovers the secrets of the butterfly. It brings us face to face with great events. It carries us to the peaks of mountains, to the bottom of the sea, and -to the poles—literally to the ends of the earth.
The director and his battery of cameras in action during the making
of a big scene in the screen version of Ibanez's "The Four Horsemen
of the Apocalypse"
When the play calls for " snow-stuff " the motion picture producer often
goes miles to get it, and, as in this case, augments the natural light with
The highest standards of picture production now demand backgrounds, lighting and photography as expert as the acting and direction. With the help of powerful lights, the indoor studio can be flooded with rays stronger than sunlight and more easily regulated.
Some might call this picture "In Arcady" but that would not explain why a famous novelist is shaking hands with a pleasant-faced man in a checked suit. Sir Gilbert Parker is congratulating the producer of his latest film story on its completion.
It seemed to be thought at one time that the semi-nude and the slightly salacious were needed to draw the public, but that day is fast going. On the whole, the public taste is right.
Barrie's village of Thrums was recreated near Elmhurst, Long Island, for the film play based on the Scotch author's books about. "Sentimental Tommy," recently released.
A motion picture has no parallax. The apparent shifting of an object, or the ability to see around an object, is caused by double sight, or the vision of two eyes.
The scenes made for "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" are the latest word in moving picture background. They picture the hallucination of an unbalanced mind.
To write a successful play he must of course have other gifts and acquirements. He must call in the scene-painter, the upholsterer, the costumer, the electrician, and other adjutants to help him to express himself.
"PICTURES" have had good stories for a long time. What pictures have failed to do is to advance with their audiences. When pictures were first thrown upon a screen it was a very wonderful thing to see a man walk, or stretch out his arm, or smile.
THE public is beginning to pay more attention to motion pictures and to treat them seriously. There is a new attitude developing all over the country that is very significant, especially in regard to well-known authors in pictures.
TWO hundred years ago there were three Estates, the Clergy, the Nobility, and the rest of us. Then Edmund Burke, the great British statesman, found a Fourth in the Press Gallery of the House of Commons. If he were alive today he would create a Fifth Estate, and would designate screen reporters as its members.
In the West, I tried out my ideas for the making of a new sort of program, and met with encouraging success. Later, in New York, I presented a motion picture with appropriate music, harmonious lighting effects, and other features designed to please the senses.
"The royal road to learning lies along the film highway," says a college professor. In New York alone, more than one hundred schools now use educational films. In every twentieth school in the United States there is a projection machine.
"Give Me Liberty or Death!" - Where Patric Henry Said Those Famous Words
If you are a visitor in Richmond, you may readily learn the answer. At Broad and Twenty-fifth streets stands St. John's Episcopal Church—"Old St. John's," natives call it. It is within comfortable walking distance from the heart of the town.
The story of the painting is a very simple, human one. The artist's name is Archibald M. Willard, and he was born at Bedford, near Cleveland, Ohio, August 22, 1836.
THE American rocking chair, out of fashion and favor in the last generation, may be restored to its old place of honor in the home by the recent declaration of an eminent French medical man that rocking quiets the nerves.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: "I shall hear in heaven." (Beethoven was deaf during his later years—and composed many works without being able to hear them.)
What a story of progress in screen pictures the past quarter century tells! I wonder if any of the older Mentor readers remember the picture shows and panoramas of the days, or, rather, the nights of the seventies and early eighties! Does anyone recall Professor Cromwell and his picture lectures?
The camera that does the difficult things in photography and does them well. And it is not merely in speed work that the Graflex excels. For pictures in and about the home it is a distinctively superior instrument.
Vintage Sheet Music
Meditation by A. Kimball, Sheet Music for Piano, was a popular piano piece written in 1908 and published by Will Wood of New York in 1911.
It was performed by The Peerless Quartet. Based on estimates of sales, the song reached #8 on the top 100 US songs of the time from the Quartet's debut of the piece on April 27, 1918.
Cover art by Frederick Manning of a Very Beautiful Woman makes this sheet music popular for framing.
April Showers, Sheet Music for Piano from the 1921 Musical "Bombo" performed by Al Jolson, Composed by Louis Silvers, Lyrics by B. G. DeSylva.
Who Cares?, Sheet Music for Piano from the 1921 Musical "Bombo" performed by Al Jolson, Composed by Milton Ager, Lyrics by Jack Yellen. Bombo was a Stage Play on Broadway from 1921-1922 produced by Lee and J.J. Shubert featuring Janet Adair, Corynne Baker, Franklyn Batie, Vera Bayles Cole, and Bertee Beaumont.
Song from the 1935 musical Sweet Surrender that was not a box office success.
Shipboard Shows and Programs
One of our most unusual programs - combination Travel Show and Fashion Pageant held on board the SS Washington of the United States Lines. While the program contained no photographs, it did list all the latest summer fashions of 1933.
Pamphlet announcing the evening's movie being shown on board a steamship of the Hamburg America Line from 1937. Featured movie was "Frauenliebe Frauenleid" or "Women's Love - Women's Sorrow."