Monthly Archives: August 2013

Star Gazing, Vermont & NYC 1903

What were the hobbies of your great grandparents? What? You don’t know? Well don’t feel badly. Most of us couldn’t possibly know what occupied the small amounts of free time folks had over a hundred years ago. Back then, if … Continue reading

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A Sunday Afternoon, Songs & Fresh Air, July 1903

At a July 1903 Sunday afternoon rehearsal with a mentor in Manhattan, Edith Vail Ross sang numerous songs for his critical review and assessment. She wrote home in a letter home to her parents in Vermont that the afternoon was … Continue reading

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The Fashion for an Evening Performance at the Beresford, July 1903

On a July evening in 1903 at the restaurant atop the Hotel Beresford, Edith Vail Ross sang at a private dinner party hosted by Mrs. Marin. The restaurant featured stunning views of Central Park and the gathering of about 10 … Continue reading

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Cartoon Musicianship

The past two weeks have been all cartoons and more cartoons! It has been a pleasure to read about cartoon music in Daniel Goldmark’s Tunes for ‘Toons. The book shed no light on my great grandfather and his time in … Continue reading

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Snippets from Dish & Spoon, Cartoon Film, 1933

I just love the cover design to this cartoon music which features the name of Paul Eisler in the lower right. I haven’t yet seen the cartoon in it’s entirety in my adult life, but I seem to have vague … Continue reading

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Dish & Spoon, Cartoon Film, 1933

I interrupt the storyline of 1903 to share news of 1933 from the vantage point of 2013. I don’t remember when I first learned that my great grandfather, Paul Eisler, had worked in Hollywood on movie soundtracks “sometime in the … Continue reading

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Sunday Rides in Central Park, 1903

For Sunday’s in July 1903 Edith Vail Ross had a habit of making visits with friends and some extended family that lived in New York City. Often the entertainment for the afternoon was a “drive” through Central Park, and by … Continue reading

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