Sing Sing is a maximum security prison in Ossining, New York, about 30 miles north of New York City on the banks of the Hudson River.
It derives its name from the Native American Sinck Sinck tribe, from whom the land on which it stands was purchased in 1685. It currently houses about 1,700 prisoners.
The expression "being sent up the river" - a euphemism for being sent to prison - has its origins in the trip prisoners from New York City made to Sing Sing, up the Hudson River.
The main store, which opened at its current location in 1928, is located on the west side of Fifth Avenue. A separate men's store, established in 1990, is located on the east side of Fifth Avenue, directly across the street.
The Libertyphone was an American portable radiogram. It was first manufactured in New York City in 1935, and was sold by Liberty Music Shops. It had an auto-changer which would automatically play up to nine records. The radiogram was housed in a portable leather box.
The Story of Dr. Wassell was a World War II film directed by Cecil B. DeMille in 1944, set in the Dutch East Indies. It starred Gary Cooper, Laraine Day, Signe Hasso, and Dennis O'Keefe.
The film was based on the life of Dr. Corydon Wassell, an Arkansas doctor and naval officer, declared a WWII hero for saving 12 injured men by transporting them from Java to Australia. Wassell was awarded the Navy Cross.
The Story of Dr. Wassell opened in New York on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Luise Rainer (born 1910) was a Jewish German film actress. After making a few films in Austria, she was offered a three-year contract with MGM and came to Hollywood in 1935. In Hollywood, she made seven big films and won two Oscars (the first woman to do so). However she did not enjoy stardom and, disillusioned by Hollywood, she returned to Europe.
She later returned to the stage and to the small screen, and took some minor parts in movies. She also studied medicine and did charity work with displaced children in Europe. She celebrated her centenary in London in 2011.
Margaret Brooke Sullavan (1909-1960) was an American stage and film actress. She began her career on stage in 1929. She made her movie debut in 1933, with Only Yesterday. She made 16 movies, but preferred the stage.
She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in Three Comrades (1938).
David O. Selznick (1902-1965) was an American film producer. He began his Hollywood career in 1926, as an assistant story editor at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He left MGM for Paramount Pictures in 1928. In 1931 he joined RKO as Head of Production. In 1933 he returned to MGM. His father-in-law, MGM CEO L.B. Mayer, established a prestige production unit specifically for Selznick.
Despite enjoying great success with MGM, Selznick left in 1935 to establish his own studio, Selznick International Pictures, which distributed its films through United Artists. He is best known for producing Gone with the Wind (1939) and Rebecca (1940); both won Oscars for Best Picture.
The Dry Tortugas are a small group of islands located at the end of the Florida Keys, USA.
Unity Valkyrie Mitford (1914-1948) was a member of the aristocratic Mitford family, which traces its origins back to the 11th century. Her sister Diana was married to Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists.
Unity and Diana Mitford travelled to Germany as part of the British Union of Fascists delegation in 1933. They stayed on in Germany, and became prominent and public supporters of Nazism and fascism. Unity was part of Hitler’s inner circle of friends and confidants from 1936.
At the outbreak of war in 1939, Diana returned to England, where she was arrested and imprisoned. Unity remained in Germany, and attempted suicide by shooting herself in the head. Although she survived, the bullet could not be removed, and she never fully recovered. She died several years later as a result of meningitis caused by cerebral swelling around the bullet.
One Touch of Venus was a musical, with music by Kurt Weill, which satirized contemporary American suburban values, artistic fads and romantic and sexual mores. The original Broadway production opened in October 1943 and ran for over 560 performances.
The musical was made into a 1948 film, starring Ava Gardner and Robert Walker. The movie seems to have strayed too far from the Broadway production, however, and it received poor reviews.
Tiffany & Co is a luxury goods corporation, headquartered in Manhattan. It sells jewelry, silverware, china, crystal, stationery, fragrances, personal accessories and leather goods. It is particularly famous for its diamond jewelry.
The company was founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in 1837, as a "stationery and fancy goods emporium". Since 1940, Tiffany's flagship store has been located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, Manhattan.
They do not serve breakfast.
Maria Ouspenskaya (1876-1949) was a Russian silent film actress. She was a founding member of the First Studio, part of the Moscow Art Theatre.
When the Moscow Art Theatre visited New York in 1922, Ouspenskaya decided to stay there. She performed regularly on Broadway over the next decade. In 1929, together with a colleague from the Moscow Art Theatre, she founded the School of Dramatic Art in New York.
In the late 1930s, she acted in various Hollywood films, usually playing European characters of various national origins. Her first Hollywood role, in 1936, earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Chinatown, Manhattan, is home to the largest enclave of Chinese people in the Western hemisphere, and is one of the oldest ethnic Chinese enclaves outside Asia. It’s one of seven Chinatown neighborhoods in New York City.
The first Chinese person credited as having permanently immigrated to Chinatown was Ah Ken, a Cantonese businessman, who arrived around 1858. He opened a Park Row cigar shop, around which Chinatown developed, centred on Mott, Park, Pell, and Doyers Streets. By 1870 there was a Chinese population of 200, rising to 2,000 by 1882, and 7,000 by 1900. Today, Chinatown has a population of 90-100,000 people.
Harper’s Bazaar is an American women's monthly fashion magazine, first published in 1867. The magazine is published by Hearst, and is marketed as the style resource for "women who are the first to buy the best, from casual to couture."
Carmel Snow ran the magazine as editor-in-chief from 1933 to 1957. She’s credited with revolutionising fashion shoots – taking fashion photography out of the studio and bringing motion, life and a sense of adventure to her magazine spreads.