april 1937


Ueno Park 上野公園, Tokyo. Hanami 花見 (Cherry blossom viewing)

April 1937 color film by William Carey Crane

This is 3 minutes and 51 seconds of the earliest color film shot in Japan. It was shot by US Brigade General William Carey Crane on 16mm Kodachrome. This video is from the last few minutes of part one of the Discovery Channel’s “The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire”, 2011.

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Nineteen year old Robert Wadlow (height 8 ft 7 in) the tallest person in recorded history, chatting with a friend after appearing at a charity event in Omaha, Nebraska, April 1, 1937. He grew another 4 inches before his death three years later.

This truly is an amazing photograph, with the contrast between these two gentleman. Sadly, this form of genetic abnormality rarely allows the afflicted individual to live a full life.

Theda Bara at age 52 with her husband, Charles Brabin. 

The occasion was Basil Rathbone’s 11th wedding anniversary. Their celebrity couple friends were instructed to come as famous couples throughout history. Playing on her vamp notoriety, Theda’s husband came as Dracula and she as Dracula’s bride. From the April 19, 1937 issue of LIFE magazine.

Japanese cruiser Yubari off Shanghai, China, in April 1937. Photograph was sent to the Navy Department with a Commander Asiatic Fleet (CinCAF) report. Note laundry hung over the ship’s lifelines. The building in the left distance is the Broadway Mansion hotel.

“[Vivien] had a part with Gracie Fields in Look Up and Laugh. Rather ironically, she wasn’t at her best. But Gracie Fields liked her and helped her. When she first saw her before the cameras, she exclaimed: ‘This girl’s the goods!’ And when The Mask of Virtue was produced she went along to the theatre alone one night–an unusual thing for her to do–and paid for her own ticket simply because she was interested in the girl.”
John K. Newnham, Film Weekly, April 3, 1937

“Hope comes no matter how far down I sink, the roots of my raisin’ run deep.”

There’s a scene from my childhood emblazoned in my memory. A sunny spring morning, the windows in mama’s bedroom open, the curtains flapping against her bedside table. Mama’s in the adjoining bathroom on her hands and knees scrubbing the floor and I’m sitting on a rug in front of the record player listening to mama sing “The Roots Of My Raising” with Merle. I will carry that memory with me till I leave this mortal coil and I’ll never forget its message or what his music has meant to me.

Merle Ronald Haggard: Poet of the Common Man – April 6, 1937 - April 6, 2016