Marion Peck and Post-WWII German Movie Theaters

Written by Maggie Romer, Summer Practicum Student

As a summer intern for The Albert Gore Research Center, I had the opportunity to process some really fascinating collections. One of the collections I worked on was the papers of Marion Skeen Coleman Peck. She was a journalist for the Chattanooga Times in the early 1940s. During World War II she joined the Associated Press and was sent to London and Berlin in 1947. She worked with the Office of War Information as a journalist covering West Berlin and reporting on American activity in the city. Though she reported some heavy stories, I wanted to share with you some of the more light-hearted artifacts from her collection.

Did you know that German movie theaters sent advertisements for movies to your house in personalized, addressed envelopes?

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Super fancy, right?

Inside the envelops gets even fancier. Check out this lovely promotional card for The Mark of Zorro (1940):

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ImageOn fancy cardstock and complete with an English subtitle of the movie name for us mono-linguists.

 

ImageThe Rains Came (1939)

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ImageThe Good Earth (1937)

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The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)

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The Road to Morocco (1942)

Isn’t Bing Crosby just dreamy?

So there were a few awesome things I learned from Marion Peck. First, being a journalist means you get to experience some amazing things. Second, German movie theaters are way behind on current movies. And finally, save everything because you never know who will end up handling your keffiyeh and garter.

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