Warren G. Harding with Blanche Ring, Al Jolson, and Charles Evans Hughes photographSave
Description: This photograph shows (from left to right) Warren Harding, actress Blanche Ring (1877-1961), entertainer Al Jolson, and politician Charles Evans Hughes during the "front porch" campaign of 1920. Jolson (1886-1950) was especially well known for the 1927 film the Jazz Singer, the first talking picture. Hughes (1862-1948) was governor of New York, and a presidential candidate in 1916 (running against Woodrow Wilson). He served as Harding's secretary of state and in 1930 became chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Harding ran his 1920 presidential campaign from the front porch of his Victorian house in Marion, Ohio. People came from all over Ohio and the United States came to hear him speak. His speeches were often recorded on phonograph and printed in newspapers around the country. Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865-1923) was born in Corsica (now called Blooming Grove), a small town in Morrow County, Ohio. Harding graduated from Ohio Central College in Iberia at the age of sixteen. His family moved to Marion, where Harding taught school and briefly studied law. He worked occasionally as a reporter for a local paper before buying the Marion Star in 1884. Within five years, the Star was one of the most successful small-town newspapers in the state. Harding became popular as the leader of the Citizen's Coronet Band, which played at political rallies, and for his skill as an orator. Willing to follow the lead of political bosses, Harding advanced rapidly in Ohio politics, serving as state senator and lieutenant governor. In 1914 Harding was elected to the U. S. Senate. He won the presidency with sixty percent of the popular vote, promising a "return to normalcy" following the wave of reforms begun during Theodore Roosevelt's administration. As president, Harding appointed several friends to federal office who proved untrustworthy. His administration was tainted by corruption, and the infamous "Teapot Dome" scandal (in which Harding's Secretary of the Interior leased a U.S. petroleum reserve to a private oil company) nearly destroyed his presidency. After he died in office in August 1923, other scandals were uncovered, further tarnishing Harding's reputation. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: Om1523_1506113_042 Subjects: Presidents and Politics; Presidential elections; Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923; Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948; Jolson, Al, d. 1950; Ring, Blanche; Actresses Places: Marion (Ohio); Marion County (Ohio)
Description: Robert Lazarus, Sr., of The F. & R. Lazarus Company with actress Gloria Swanson, ca. 1951. Miss Swanson is holding a centennial plate souvenir. The Lazarus Company, founded in 1851, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1951. Between 1851 and 1965, the F & R Lazarus Company retail store dominated the trade and physical landscape of Columbus. The company rose from its early years as a men's clothier in a 20 x 40 foot room downtown, to its position by 1965 as a member of the largest department store chain, Federated Department Stores. Lazarus' growth reflects that of the capital city; from small beginnings through a "golden age" of downtown development, and eventually branching out into the surrounding countryside. In 2003, the Lazarus Company was incorporated with Macy's, a member of the Federated Department stores, and is no longer in existence. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL04374 Subjects: Actresses; Lazarus Department Store; Centennial celebrations; Business enterprises--Ohio--Columbus; Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)
Description: A postcard depicting Clark Gable's birthplace in Cadiz, Ohio. An image of Gable is included in the bottom left corner.
Cadiz was established in 1803 and is the County Seat of Harrison Country, Ohio. As of 2010, the village was home to 3,353 people and is primarily focused on the shale industry.
Clark Gable was born in 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio. His mother died shortly after his birth, so gable lived with his grandparents until his father remarried in 1907. His step mother, Jennie Dunlap, encouraged him to read and learn music. When his father, William, bought a farm, he wanted Gable to help him on the farm, but Jennie convinced him not to. Instead, Gable worked in theater companies. Gable moved to Portland, Oregon, where he met Josephine Dillon, an acting teacher. She took an interest in Gable, gave him acting lessons and fixed his hair and teeth. They moved to Hollywood together and were married in 1924.
Gable struggled to find acting roles because of his large ears. His break came from his supporting role in The Painted Desert (1931), which impressed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) executives into signing Gable. Over the next several years Gable became a Hollywood leading man. He appeared in movies such as Red Dust (1932), Dancing Lady (1933), It Happened One Night (1934), and many others. In 1939, he appeared in what was perhaps his most famous role as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind.
Gable married his third wife, Carole Lombard, in 1939, but the actress was killed in a plane crash in 1942. After her death, Gable left Holylwood to join the Army Air Corps, where he served as a tail gunner in World War II. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
After the war, he returned to acting. Some of his well known films include The Hucksters (1947), Mogambo (1953), and The Misfits(1961), in which Marilyn Monroe costarred. Gable died from a heart attack on November 16, 1960. By his death Gable had starred in sixty-five films. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL07666 Subjects: Birthplaces; Motion picture actors and actresses; Actors; Postcards Places: Cadiz (Ohio); Harrison County (Ohio)
Description: A promotional image of Dean Martin singing. Dean Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti in 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio, to Italian immigrant parents. He dropped out of high school to work in a steel mill and he was also involved in bootlegging liquor across state lines during Prohibition. When he was 17 began singing at local nightclubs in Ohio, and by 1943 he was living in New York and working as a signed singer with the Riobamba Room.
Martin’s big break came when Jerry Lewis offered to have Martin fill in at one of his shows in 1946. The duo began to perform together and produced hits including My Friend Irma (1949) and Jumping Jacks (1952). Their last performance together was ten years later in 1956. Martin was a member of the Rat Pack, a group of actors and singers including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop who appeared in movies and shows together including Ocean’s Eleven (1960). Martin’s mellow singing style brought him many hits such as “That’s Amore,” “Which Way Did My Heart Go?,” “Everybody Loves Somebody,” and “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes”. He also started a show in 1965 on NBC called “The Dean Martin Show” which was largely successful. Martin died on December 25, 1995. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL07667 Subjects: Musicians; Actors; Motion picture actors and actresses
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