Edna Purviance's bio

June 6, 2018 - Re-editing Edna Purviance's family biography 2nd Draft. Photo: Leading Ladies © used by ednapurviance.org

Monday, October 25, 2010

Edna Purviance film sightings for this week

See Links for times and dates

Edna sightings for this week: LINK
Music Box Theatre - Chicago - Charlie Chaplin 35MM Tour
The Chaplin Revue, A Woman of Paris, Pay Day, A Day's Pleasure

Chaplin Conference - Zanesville, Ohio: LINK
Work, The Pawnshop, The Kid, The Idle Class, A Dog's Life and How to Make Movies.

Always check your local area, for an Edna and Charlie film that maybe showing by you.

Thanks to Michael Bonham at Niles Essanay,
for sharing with us the cake from Edna Nile's Birthday Party!
If in the Fremont, California area, you should take a visit!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Happy Birthday, EDNA!

October 21st is Edna Purviance's birthday!

And the WINNER of the
Edna Purviance October Birthday surprise event IS!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My 'Chaplin at Keystone' has Arrived!

Direct from Flicker Alley, my pre-ordered copy of 'Chaplin at Keystone' has arrived today! It arrived from Los Angeles, by Media Mail.

Update: Oct. 21 - I have updated the DVD guide with this set. LINK

My little visitor help guide for the Chaplin Conference

Next week is the Chaplin Conference in Ohio. People will be flying in, driving in, with some people having cars, and others who will not. This guide is just to help, if you are doing either.

Local News: Zanesville Times Recorder

Current Exchange Rates: LINK
I use this site often, to figure out the current exchange rates. (Actual exchange rates can vary. But, when I use my credit card, I found this site to be close to the actual rate.)

Here are a couple of sites to help get an idea on the weather this coming week.
Recorder newspaper weather site

Flying into Columbus?
The Port Columbus International Airport - LINK
Lots of links for helpful information at the airport.

If you need a map of Ohio, and you are an AAA member, it is a great place to get maps and other travel information for your trip.

Mapquest link to Zanesville

Map of the University campus Location

Gas Prices?
Helps in planning the cash needed, if driving, as this site gives you an idea of current prices. LINK

Just one short list of some of the eateries around Zanesville. Check the Conference website on more information. LINK

Online List of Coffee Shops in Zanesville - LINK

For the most up-to-date information on the Conference, check out the Chaplin Conference home site. LINK

Just a little help, if you happen to be traveling that way. Have fun!

Monday, October 18, 2010



1PM Pacific Coast Time UPDATE: First name has been drawn and emailed for Edna's October Surprised. If I don't hear from them by 1PM Pacific Coast Time (24 hours from now), Tuesday, Oct. 19th, another name will be drawn! Countdown to winner, begins...


12:30PM Pacific: Shaking up the entries! First name drawn to be emailed at 1PM PACIFIC COAST TIME!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

David Kiehn, '60 Minutes'

Morley Safer with David Kiehn

From Michael Bonham at the Niles Museum:
"This Sunday, October 17, at 7PM (Pacific Time) in a segment of 60 Minutes our historian David Kiehn will be interviewed by Morley Safer about David's research into the making of the Miles Bros. film "A Trip Down Market Street" (1906). After many years of uncertainty, David discovered that the film was made 4 days before the great San Francisco earthquake. The 60 Minutes segment was taped in and around our museum in Niles." - Niles

Update: Below is a series of videos about this film.

Update Oct. 17th: And HERE is the story, as shown on CBS NEWS this evening and promotion piece just belong it.

This is the video. Actually, I remember posting this when I was showing images of San Francisco, when Edna first saw it before the April 1906 earthquake. Edna's stepfather, Robert Nurnberger, had family who lived in California. In 1905, he took Edna and her mother, Louise, on Edna's first visit to California.

Note: Niles is having Edna's Birthday Party on Sunday, starting at 4PM.

Here is a side by side:

Down Market Street, after the quake:

Thanks to Rena for the updated link for the '60 Minutes' preview'.
Also, here is a link from The San Francisco Gate about the research.

Update Oct. 17th: Excellent segment by Morley Safer. Watch 60 Minutes site for more.

Also here is the video restored as shown on CBS NEWS Rewind with Morley Safer

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chaplin Library Database Update!

From Russia to Japan, Dominique Dugros has sent seven of his latest books in his Chaplin Library Collection. See them at the Chaplin Library Database. Click on the latest 15.

Monday, October 11, 2010

One Week to get your entries in!

Edna's October Surprise!
Edna Purviance October 2010
Birthday Event - Sept. Reminder!

What is one thing that makes Birthdays Fun? It's wondering what might be in that surprise gift!

With that in mind, I decided to do the same for Edna's birthday this year. I will not show you what you be winning, yet.

Instead, if you follow the rules and your name is drawn, and you reply to your email in time, you could be the winner of a real surprise!

And YOU will not find out what you have WON, until the day it arrives!

Once it does arrive, and you have confirmed seeing it, I will share with the world what you have won! (That is part of the rules for entry.)

Your gift will have your name, date and name of the event, either in or on the surprise gift given.

What it is? I will only say, it is something I never given away before.

Interested? All you have to do is to fill out this entry form with your guesses on the 8 DIFFERENCES IN PHOTO 2 on the official form. All correct answers will be entered into the drawing. (Note: Please study real carefully! Without giving away a hint, looking for 8 differences, so watch for any item that might mislead.)

Deadline to enter is Monday, NOON Pacific Time, October 18, 2010. The first name will be drawn shorty after NOON.

You will have 24 hours to response to your email notification. If you don't answer, a second name will be drawn and this will repeat every 24 hours, until we have a winner.

I hope to have a winner's name by October 21, 2010, Edna's Birthday.

I will publish the winners name and location on that day. Soon after, once the item is received, I will reveal to the world what was won!

So are you game for a real surprise? If you are, enter today! Open to all Edna fans, worldwide!

Part of our celebration, as ednapurviance.org starts heading into 10 years on the Web...

OCTOBER 18, 2010
Special page & entry form!

October 11, 2010 - We have continued to have entries from all around the globe (Sweden, Japan, UK, France, Australia, Germany, Canada, to name just a few)! You can't have a chance to win, unless you enter!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Edna's Birthday countdown!

Edna Purviance's birthday is October 21, 2010, so some Edna (and Charlie) clips, to countdown to the event.

Here is one from 'The Immigrant' (Mutual film) from yt video links.

(As always, do try to see these on the theatre screen, or one of the restored re-issues on DVD.)

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Edna's Birthday Party in Niles!

Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
October 17, 2010

Fremont, California
Click image for details

Monday, October 04, 2010

The Sea Gull at the Springfield Library

Following my The Rainbow Orchid post late last week, here is a little update on The Sea Gull "A Woman of the Sea" which is also at the Springfield Library. Here is Springfield's catalog librarian, Rita Eberle, with the current copy. Like The Rainbow Orchid books, it is available for interlibrary loan.

Rita Eberle with The Sea Gull book at the Springfield Public Library.

September has turned out as a good month for overseas sales for The Sea Gull, as the book continues to find new homes on bookshelves worldwide. Two books have gone to Australia, alone, in just one week.

Also, the Leonard Maltin review, along with the Josef von Sternberg DVD release, has created more interest from Josef von Sternberg fans.

Currently, if you live in the San Francisco bay area, and like to get a copy, the Niles Essanay Film Museum Gift Shop in Fremont, California has a stack of signed copies. (It is the only bookstore The Sea Gull is currently available. The books are available through the online shop at ednapurviance.com.)

Leading Ladies still have copies on hand, though the stock is getting low, as a new stock of books will be on order for the holiday season.

And just one more Sea Gull note, The Zaneville Museum of Art, in Ohio, is having a special Charlie Chaplin and American Culture exhibit from Oct. 4 through Dec. 4, 2010. It includes a special rare showing of reproduced images from Edna's personal photos from Leading Ladies. This includes a few images from The Sea Gull and from Edna's film 'Education de Prince' (1927) filmed in France.

This is a very rare showing, and could be the only one, so hope some of you may get a chance to see it. Again, many thanks for your continued support of The Sea Gull.

Note: This SG library copy of The Sea Gull (like The Rainbow Orchid and other library paperback books) have a special covering, that protects it from the heavy use of a library. It is quite clear and makes the cover a bit heavier.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 1 & 2 at the Springfield Library

Great thrill to finally see The Rainbow Orchid, by Garen Ewing, at the Springfield, Oregon Library. Here are Rita Eberle (left) and Youth Services Librarian, Carrie Schindele-Cupples (right), with the current two volumes in the Springfield collection. (Volume 3 will be added, when released.)

Rita wrote me later the same day, that both books were left as seen in this photo, and were both checked out the same day. I just checked the latest information on them, and both books are even checked out today. Just shows those eye catching dynamic covers, do grab peoples attention. Rita said, they plan to display them more often in the future, as the books have been checking out, to new found readers in the US.

Also good to note, all the paperbacks have a special clear covering, to protect them from the heavy wear and tear of library use. It is so well applied, you would never know it was there, but gives the cover a much thicker feel, without loosing any of the original colouring of the image.

If you live in the US, and like to see the books, you can visit the Springfield Library or ask your library for an interlibrary loan. (Better yet? Pick up some books of your own to enjoy. Link to The Rainbow Orchid Shop.) Thanks Rita and Carrie for the picture!

Link to the Springfield Library and Teens section.
(If you are new to Rainbow Orchid, you should know one of the lead characters, silent film star Lily Lawrence, is a friend of Edna Purviance, and there is a lovely drawing of them together in Volume One. We are very pleased Edna is part of this very delightful book!)