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In preparing a recent Moving Pictures post on advertising in silent cinema, I came across these wonderful scanned images from the Library of Congress. The series of fourteen slides are from 1912, and were used in early theatres for a variety of purposes. While the reasons for these messages have changed, such as turning off your cell phone before the movie begins, the need to remind the audience not disturb the other patrons after 100+ years of movie going remains mind boggling. So the next time you are in the theatre, pay special attention to the rules, and remember, applaud with your hands only!
1. Seems discriminatory against arm-less patrons.
2. Now that’s a BIG hat!
3. I guess the definition of annoyed has changed since 1912.
4. Those damn modern fashions!
5. And don’t mind the bird droppings
6. Else we’ll tell the management!
7. And let us help you sell your horse
8. And don’t be late, or we’ll send the tiny watch lady after for you!
9. And to keep you amused, a picture of cats (even before the internet)
10. Another tiny woman, okay this is getting kinda creepy.
11. I’m definitely coming back to hear what it is!
12. That looks like a fire hazard if I ever saw one.
13. ‘Cause the lost and found ‘aint yet been invented.
14. Could have used this one at The Rooms last time we were there!