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By Charles Musser

The entrepreneur of phonograph concert events and motion-picture courses Lyman H. Howe used to be the best touring exhibitor of his time and the exemplar of a massive yet formerly little tested point of yankee pop culture. This paintings, with its quite a few and vigorous illustrations, makes use of his profession to discover the realm of itinerant showmen, who exhibited all movies visible outdoors huge towns through the Nineties and early 1900s. they often outfitted cultural alliances with genteel urban dwellers or conservative churchgoers and in later years favorite "high-class" issues attractive to audiences uncomfortable with the plebeian nickelodeons. Bridging the fields of yank experiences and movie heritage, the publication unearths the notable sophistication with which exhibitors created their difficult, evening-length courses to exhibit robust ideological messages. even if depicting the Spanish-American battle, the 1900 Paris Exposition, or British colonialism in motion, Howe's "cinema of reassurance" had many parallels with the tune of John Philip Sousa.

Originally released in 1991.

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