This is an excellent, well-written, well-researched article. If you own or use a computer, please read it.
This is incredibly awesome! Really all historic photographs and films (including classics) should be on-line so everyone can see them for free.
And because someone couldn’t actually put the link in the article, and the Variety article had moved when I clicked the link above, here is the link to the British Pathe’ News Reel Archive on youTube. This is a treasure trove for film fans, historians, and people interested in modern history.