"The Walls of Jericho" - Friday, March 6, 2015

If you tuned in with the American Treasure Tour blog yesterday, you will surely recall the photo-montage we presented honoring 1921's The Sheik.  After serious consideration (it wasn't too serious, really) and much time in contemplation (thirty seconds, maybe?), we have decided to introduce you to another of the photo-montages on display in the Music Room. This one is for The Walls of Jericho, which was a theater production, rather than a film.  That is to say, there is no evidence that Laura Burt and her husband Henry Stanford ever transformed The Walls of Jericho into anything intended for the big screen.  

Rather, the play ran between 1907 and 1908 in various cities, having never been preserved for posterity beyond such artifacts as this photo montage, some old theater postings, and the like. There was a film made in 1948 starring Cornell Wilde. We hope to discover if that told the same story as this play, but cannot say for certain at this point. Has anyone seen both who can recall the experience?
QUESTION:  Let's see how well you remember your biblical stories.  According to the Book of Joshua in the Bible, what instrument did Joshua use to bring down the walls of Jericho?
A)  Cannons, and lots of them.
B)  German tanks, and lots of them.
C)  Trumpets, and lots of them.
D)  He didn't.  He helped build the walls.  And lots of them.

WHAT A HEADACHE!  Did you know that the name Aspirin is a registered trademark?  It's true.  In fact, the Bayer Company of Germany confirmed it as far back as 1899 - on this day in 1899, in fact.  Since then, it has become one of the most widely used medicines in the world, and certainly one of the most recognizable names in medicine.  So, if you happen to live in one of the countries where the trademark is still enforced, and you don't want Bayer's brand, you'll have to ask for acetylsalicylic acid (or ASA for short).

WHO'S IN DIAPERS?  Today is the birthday of Lou Costello, a native funnyman of the New Jersey industrial center of Paterson.  When the comedian paired up with straight man Bud Abbott, magic happened.  In fact, the duo worked together for decades and, between 1940 and 1956, made thirty-six films together.  That's a lot of movies!

QUOTE:  That was the best ice cream soda I ever tasted. - Lou Costello (We don't know the context behind the quote, but we at the ATT like ice cream sodas, so we stuck it here in support of Mr. Costello's conviction!)

ANSWER:  C)  Trumpets, and lots of them.