Bang! It’s The Fourth!

Happy Fourth of July weekend, fellow Americans! And I suppose I can wish a Happy Independence Day of sorts to the U.K. too, yes?…No? Too soon? But…but why? 

In the ’20s, as part of the “fun cheesy photos for the holidays” tradition, it was popular for actors (mainly actresses) to pose in gag photos with fireworks, some of which were comically gigantic. The June 30, 1928 Exhibitor’s Herald and Moving Picture World featured this spread, which included our Louise Fazenda:

Bang Its The 4th exh herald and mov pic world June 30 '28

As a chaser, here’s the always-adorable Baby Peggy (from the Exhibitor’s Herald, July 21, 1923):

Baby Peggy firework exh herald July 21 '23

And of course, no matter where you are, have a lovely weekend because everyone deserves to have a lovely weekend. More posts are on the way once we’ve all recovered from any and all festivities!

7 thoughts on “Bang! It’s The Fourth!

  1. Happy 4th to you, Lea! I like the silent star gag holiday photos, and those are good ones.

    By the way—getting partially off-topic, but—concerning Louise, have you seen that early sound Western parody she did? I can’t remember the title offhand. A funny and most bizarre item, that.

  2. Hi Lea, hope you had a great 4th of July and apologies again for that whole taxation/representation thing.

    As for our current circumstance, there are a number of whys, none of them particularly heartening. It’s all very depressing.

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