Friday, April 01, 2016

Mae West: Rare Mapback

Dell published "Diamond Lil" written by MAE WEST in a "map-back" version. This map of lower Manhattan pinpoints all the locations where Lil's adventures occur as well as the other sites mentioned such as Charley Fong's or Jacobsen Hall where Captain Cummings has a meeting. The lovenest where Juarez and Lil meet in secret (Frances's room) is on Elizabeth Street and Broome Street, for example.  There's also a complete lay-out of Suicide Hall, Diamond Lil's boudoir, and the shed Chick Clark uses to gain access to her windows. Delightful item for your collection.
• • Diamond Lil by Mae West Dell Mapback #525 (published 1949)
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• • On Friday, 1 April 1921 • •
• • "The Ruby Ring" by Mae West was registered with the Library of Congress's Copyright Office early in the month of April — — on Friday, 1 April 1921.
• • It was during March 1921 when Mae West had mailed an envelope to the Library of Congress containing her first playscript, "The Ruby Ring." At 20 pages, this manuscript was more of an extended "sketch" than a play. Gloria, the female lead, is a mantrap who is able to pick the gents off with ease.
• • Her parents were living in Woodhaven in 1921 [705 Boyd Avenue] and Mae used this address when she registered the copyright.
• • Script Approval on Monday, 1 April 1935 • •
• • An enormous international cast was assembled to do justice to Mae West's ambitious screenplay "Now I'm a Lady" centered around the horsey set. Script approval was granted by the Hays Commission on Monday, 1 April 1935 and the motion picture was released by Paramount Pictures the following month as "Goin' to Town."
• • Starting on Wednesday, 1 April 1936 • •
• • On Sunday, 1 March 1936, The New York Times mentioned that Mae West confirmed she planned to go to Columbia Pictures with Emanuel Cohen, even though Paramount Pictures declared it had exercised its option and wanted their screen star to make two more pictures with the studio, the first one to start on Wednesday, 1 April 1936 — — and the second to start on 1 July 1936.
• • On Wednesday, 1 April 1942 • •
• • On 1 April 1942, Lou Walters opened The Latin Quarter in Manhattan. During the 1950s, Mae brought the "Mae West Revue" there twice.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Among the stars that trod the boards at the Newark Vaudeville house were Mae West, according to Variety Magazine.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   “Honey, you don’t dare sit down in this gown. It’s standing room only.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Joomag mentioned Mae West.
• • In 1936 Dali made 4 lobster telephones for his home.  In 1937 they teamed up again to make a sofa replicating Mae West’s lips.  He also painted a portrait of Mae West (Dali, The secret life 219-220).  . . .
• • Source: Article "A Queen's Journey," in volume 1;  issue dated for April 2013 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,400 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3411th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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