Americanizing the Movies and "Movie-Mad" Audiences, 1910-1914

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L’Envoi of Moving Pictures

When the last photo-play has been written,
And in the city and village has been tried;
When films, reels, and screens are forgotten,
And all pantomime actors have died.
We shan’t rest, for why should we need be
Unamused for a season or two?
There’ll be sure to be some one at work on
Amusement schemes vital and new.

He who likes naval things shall be happy;
He shall sit in his upholstered chair,
And drink in such joys of the future
As will make him sit straight up and stare;
He shall have many wonders to choose from.
Both from earth and the planets around,
Yet many will long for the pictures
With which the earth used to abound.

And many a graybeard shall praise them—
“Ah, they were the things!” they’ll exclaim.
And the new generation will wonder
At their enduring hold upon fame.
So some manager wiser than others,
Will hunt up the films of to-day,
And have a most brilliant revival
Down the whole of the Great Milky Way!

HARVEY PEAKE,
Motion Picture Story Magazine
(June 1912)

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