The Startups and Entrepreneurs are Launching into Fall…and I’m back to it!

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It’s that extra special time of year, when lots of cool products come out of the innovation gates. Startup companies launch all year long, but there is something special about Fall, when we start to settle in, work more often and watch innovation come to life around us, while nature begins to rest.

I am back to where this site began, writing and sharing about companies, startup businesses and entrepreneurs making a difference. I am, on occasion, working in conjunction with an awesome new ‘startup for startups’ based in Boston. http://StartupLeak.com

We will feature some great startup stories, product launches, true founder stories, and innovator connections for everyone to explore and enjoy in the months to come.

Here you go startup fans! Fall into the secret sauce!

What’s Your BlockAvenue All About?

by Patricia Dixon

The secret sauce to creating a company of real value to the individual user is just that, a secret. As founder of BlockAvenue, Tony Longo and his support team know that this is the way to bring quality to the public. Founded in 2012, BlockAvenue aims to bring disruption right into the block where you thrive.

It takes amazing minds and talent to grow up an idea and make it come to fruition…read more–> http://www.startupleak.com/whats-your-blockavenue-all-about/

My Book Library: Politics, Presidents and Novelists

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Creating a library of books is a lifetime endeavor. It feels the same when cataloging books, authors, publishers and dates. I decided to put the list up pre-auction as so many of you have asked to view it for fun. I am happy to add more photos if you would like to see something, just ask! These are 95% or more, first editions and all are hardcover. The list is so large that I gave it it’s own page tab at the top of this site, Enjoy! http://patddixon.com/book-list/

Winston Churchill Books

Silent Film and Johnny Carson, Ben Hur, Sherlock Holmes and The Great Chicago Fire

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I have been roaming once again through my treasure trove of these thousands of movie stills and ephemera. It’s almost like stepping back in time, looking into someone else’s life and being part of the making of Hollywood, which is astounding. Will I ever be able to go through it all? A Christmas card to Arthur Beck and Leah Baird, from “Boots, Kit and Johnny Carson”;

a folder full of the original silent film stills of Ben Hur, yes, the first Ben Hur movie ever made.

The Great Chicago Fire in 1925, dozens of actors and actresses grace the silent film stills of times past. The Return of Sherlock Holmes, more Vitagraph players, handsigned notes, love letters, business letters and postcards, lobby cards and movie posters. Endless. And here is more for your enjoyment.

Check out the Silent Film Page Tab at the top on PatDDixon.com

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The very early stage actors/actresses and much more will be posted on the Silent Film page on this site. Photographs and ephemera will be found here:

http://patddixon.com/silent-film

I have approx. 750 stills, plus hundreds of other photographs that I will share over time. They are for sale as a collection of the producer’s life with his actress wife, or they can be purchased individually for autographed photos, or groups of photos about each movie. Check my “about” page for how to contact me.

Here are some more silent film stills.

Hutch Hutchinson autographed to Leah Baird

President’s Day, Abraham Lincoln and Newspaper from Wallpaper

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In light of President’s Day, I would like to share a story and a rare newspaper involving the days of President Lincoln.

The civil war was nearing an end, the south was struggling for supplies, and the northern army was told to take the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The south had a printing press, but was running out of paper. J.M Swords felt that it was necessary to give a public bashing to the north, in support of his beloved confederacy. So he prepared the print for the 1863 edition of The Vicksburg Daily Citizen, on the only paper he had left, wallpaper.

This paper is so famous that it has been reprinted thousands of times, and originals are extremely rare. So rare, in fact, that the Library of Congress has adopted special criteria for this paper to be authenticated. This paper, seen here, is an original. It is another stroke of luck found in an old box of newspapers given to me.

What makes this paper so amazing is that the south never printed the paper, the north invaded and took the area, added a very famous “note” to the bottom of the paper, bashing the south, then the north printed it.

So on this President’s Day, enjoy viewing this rare antiquity.

PatDDixon

Silent Film Lost History, and More…Memorabilia Extraordinaire

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Dumb luck coupled with timing and a bit of skill are the things that seem to put me in the right place at the right time. It happens on the rare occasions that I go to estate sales and purchase things because of my fascination of history.

I have long been a historical document and book fan. Roaming throught the occasional yard sale, massive estate sale or just rummaging through second hand stores, I was given a gift; the one for finding ephemera that always brings magic and saves something of spectacular historical value that belongs to the world, or at least, to the serious collector who has a passion for certain genres.

I buy stuff for fun and historical significance, and these things sometimes turn out to be a journey down an amazing historical road. And so this story goes…

I bought two small boxes of papers and pictures, not knowing what really was there. Then I discovered silent film historical documents, autographs, film stills and more, and they created a life of their own, while unburying the lives of so many talented people hidden in the past, silently.

Several years ago I purchased them at an estate sale and I believe they deserve to be in the home of a serious collector, because I hate to see the collection broken apart. Auction galleries tell me that the collection is rather large and must be broken apart in order to sell. But with autographs, 750 approx. 8×10 movie stills, and the life’s work of a director and his actress wife, it’s a bit daunting to say the least. There are literally dozens and dozens of actors in these stills. from children to adults and elderly actors from the silent film days.

The collection starts with a portfolio of autographed photos, from the European stage troupe actors who then played in New York. Some became Vitagraph players, as well as photos of the Vitagraph players that came in later. Mutual Film Company, provided an engraved silver chalice, which includes the men of 1916 that ran the film company and celebrate the producer. The producer’s brother, who also was an actor is heavily photographed in the collection. The autographs are numerous across dozens of movies.

Then comes California, the building of the studios, where many of these people are now buried at “Hollywood Forever” cemetery. The hand written notes, the ship listing printed for all aboard and for their filming, the properties bought and sold as a resort for the elite, the scrapbooks of a lifetime of film, the photos of later years as the actresses reunited for many events. The list is endless. I have many names of people, studio paper, movie titles etc. that will be added here, as I begin to unfold this incredible piece of lost history. The journey starts in the late 1800s and goes until the 1950s, even including bits of actual film (not silent, of course)These are some photos that I love, across all years of the collection, a drop in the bucket of the whole collection, enjoy!

The journey to the past will continue with updates, photos and more stories. Leave me comments and share the journey back, won’t you?

PatDDixon

Understanding #PIPA and #SOPA

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If you want to know more, here are some sites that offer information. If you have a valuable site to add to this list, add it in the comments. Educate yourself and share this day with the world.

PatDDixon

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

http://parislemon.com/

http://protestsopa.com/

PandoDaily & Sarah Lacy, Wishing You Great Success!

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I have been reading the work of this talented lady for a long time. As a journalist and content writer myself for many years, I have alot of respect when I see true talent. It was time for this endeavor to reach fruition, with so many people asking for it and hoping for it after the TechCrunch debacle.  We are looking forward to some fabulous and important content from this team, as well as some new faces and names to bring something fresh to the venue. Congrats to all!

Here it is! http://pandodaily.com/2012/01/16/why-i-started-pandodaily/

Cheers

PatDDixon

Do you trust? Google+, Twitter, Facebook…What do you love about social and search and seo? Do they listen to the world, don’t we love it all for the value it brings? Share your thoughts

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Everyone has something to say about changes in Google, and Google+, Twitter and Facebook. The real value is what it brings to you and yours, now isn’t it? Relate what moves you socially and in setting changes in all of your social. When will they understand that what we seek and share is actually cross-platformed regarding where and how we share and how we intake? Yes, we take it and we give it in different forms, and we like it. But their internal fight for financials, they miss it and actually lose their value in our thought platform.

Do you control it, or do they, or do they drive your motivation perhaps, and that’s how it matters? Tell the world what you think of your social accounts, Google, Facebook, Twitter and all the Other Valuable Networks that you love or utilize. Say it here, it will be shared with those that move them!

More info, here:

http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/10/google-fuses-google-into-search-and-there-are-bigger-changes-afoot/

http://parislemon.com/post/15633422401/twitter-responds-to-antitrust

and here:

http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/10/twitter-really-really-hates-googles-new-google-integration/

aaand here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/?tab=XX#106926933042884498606/posts

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