“The Human Stain” was inspired, rather, by an unhappy event in the life of my late friend Melvin Tumin, professor of sociology at Princeton for some thirty years.

One day in the fall of 1985, while Mel, who was meticulous in all things large and small, was meticulously taking the roll in a sociology class, he noted that two of his students had as yet not attended a single class session or attempted to meet with him to explain their failure to appear, though it was by then the middle of the semester. ”—unfortunately, the very words that Coleman Silk, the protagonist of “The Human Stain,” asks of his classics class at Athena College in Massachusetts.

Having finished taking the roll, Mel queried the class about these two students whom he had never met. Almost immediately Mel was summoned by university authorities to justify his use of the word “spooks,” since the two missing students, as it happened, were both African-American, and “spooks” at one time in America was a pejorative designation for blacks, spoken venom milder than “nigger” but intentionally degrading nonetheless.

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Lobby cards were introduced in the 1910s as promotional tools in movie theatres.

The first lobby cards were 8" x 10" (the size of a contemporary motion picture still) black and white or brown and white until the introduction of color cards in about 1917.

They increased in size to 11" x 14" and eventually became a standard part of promotional materials sent to theatres for advertising their coming attractions.By the 1920s, lobby card sets included eight cards: seven scene cards and a title card.The title card included major credits for the film; the remaining scene cards depicted key scenes from the films they advertised.The scene images were often the product of a still photographer who accompanied the cast and crew to shoot both film stills and images for the theatre lobbies. theaters and are rarely produced for today's films.Occassionally, for major releases, Hollywood studios would sometimes issue sixteen card sets, including two title cards and fourteen scenes. Collection consists of motion picture lobby cards dating from 1913.Includes primarily American titles with an average of 1-7 items per title. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1950s on.