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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Kregel advertisements linked to silent movies

  • A recent discovery at the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum links the Kregel family to showing of silent movies.

    Dave Silcox, a member of the museum board, said the inventory of artifacts continues at the museum, which opened this fall to showcase America's industrial past and its last remaining intact windmill factory.
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  • A recent discovery at the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum links the Kregel family to showing of silent movies.
    Dave Silcox, a member of the museum board, said the inventory of artifacts continues at the museum, which opened this fall to showcase America's industrial past and its last remaining intact windmill factory.
    The process recently uncovered several boxes that had been mailed from Los Angeles by the Wheeler Sheridan Corporation.
     The boxes contained slides that were manufactured as advertisements to be shown at theaters showing silent movies, which debuted in the United States with the Great Train Robbery in 1903.
    They were largely replaced by “talkies” by 1928 and the last silent movies were made by 1930.
    The slides featured automobile sales and services offered by Robert Kregel.
    Silcox said there was also a card with the box indicated how often the customer wanted the ad to be shown during a day.
    He said it was typical for the ads to be shown during intermissions and between shows. One of the ads features New Year's in 1923.
    During that time, the Paramount in Nebraska City was showing “The Impossible Mrs. Bellew” starring Gloria Swanson and the Empress was showing William Russell in “The Crusader.”
    The Empress Theater featured a full orchestra with its silent movie showing.

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