Actress Lina Basquette Practicing Her Steps 28 Floors Up (1920s)

Lina Basquette ( 1907 – 1994) was an American actress noted for her 75-year career in entertainment, which began during the silent film era.

Talented as a dancer, she was paid as a girl for performing and gained her first film contract at age nine. In her acting career, Basquette may have been best known for her role as Judith in The Godless Girl (1929) The film was based on the life of Queen Silver, known as a 20th-century child prodigy, and feminist and Socialist activist.

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 Lina Basquette, practicing her steps 28 floors up on the roof of the Hotel Commodore (ca. 1920s) via

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 Lina Basquette, practicing her steps 28 floors up on the roof of the Hotel Commodore (ca. 1920s) via

The Peacock Room (1890)

The Peacock Room was originally designed as a dining room in the townhouse located at 49 Prince’s Gate in the neighbourhood of Kensington in London, and owned by the British shipping magnate Frederick Richards Leyland. Leyland engaged the British architect Richard Norman Shaw to remodel and redecorate his home.

Shaw entrusted the remodelling of the dining room to Thomas Jeckyll, another British architect experienced in the Anglo-Japanese style. Jeckyll conceived the dining room as a Porsellanzimmer (porcelain room).

Above the fireplace hung the painting, Rose and Silver: The Princess from the Land of Porcelain, by American painter James McNeill Whistler, that served as the focal point of the room. The ceiling was constructed in a pendant panelled Tudor-style, and decorated with eight globed pendant gas light fixtures. To finish the room, Jekyll placed a rug with a red border on the floor

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The Peacock Room at 49 Prince’s Gate, London, ca. 1890 via

Marilyn arriving in Japan on her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio (1954)

On January 14th 1954, legendary movie star Marylin Monroe and former major-league player Joe DiMaggio were married at the San Francisco City Hall. 

In February they traveled to Japan, combining a honeymoon with a business trip. 

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Marilyn Monroe flying to Tokyo with new husband Joe DiMaggio on their honeymoon (1954). Kashio Aoki (Japan, PANAM steward) via

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Marilyn Monroe flying to Tokyo with new husband Joe DiMaggio on their honeymoon. Kashio Aoki (Japan, PANAM steward), 1954 via

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Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio arrive at the Tokyo International Airport. Photo by Don Towles, 1954 via

Picture must be credited ©Alphafrance 02/1954 Legendary movie star Marilyn Monroe (R) and former major-league player Joe DiMaggio arrive at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo's Uchisaiwaicho district. They come to Japan for their honeymoon. The photo was taken in February 1954. Tokyo , Japan

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio arrive at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo’s Uchisaiwaicho district, ©Alphafrance 1954 via

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Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, Imperial Hotel, in Tokyo’s Uchisaiwaicho district,  1954 via

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Marilyn Monroe in Tokyo, 1954 via