New York City | 5-6 July 1928

DATE July 5th
PLACE New York
Yesterday I arrived mid heat and hurry. I dashed ‘toute de suite’ to the Biltmore and made reservations. Saw ‘The Trial of Mary Dugan‘ in the afternoon and ‘The Show Boat‘ il soir. Both were ‘tres bons’. Saw [today] the Metropolitan Museum and walked blocks therein. Made the rounds of NY by bus, and then went to ‘Dawn‘. Tonight went to ‘The Silent House‘ sparky and good. Went to bed! Slept all night. So ended the beginning of my trip abroad!

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DATE July 6th
PLACE New York
When I wake up a sinky feeling overtook me for I was going abroad alone! I went shopping and then took in 2 movies the ‘Wheels of Chance‘ and ‘The Big Killing‘ both were darn good. Paramount theatre is beautiful. We dined at the Cascades atop the Biltmore, and then left for the boat. I sailed at 12:00 on the dot with a big lump in my throat as I left my mother and father. Met the man I am rooming with, and is very nice…

The first all-talking motion picture, Lights of New York, is shown in New York (it would go on general release on July 18). Meanwhile, the world’s largest record hailstone 1.5 lbs (7 inchs in diameter) at the time falls in Potter, Nebraska.

Vincent Price Journal 1928 (reproduced courtesy of Peter Fuller)

Vincent Price Journal 1928 (reproduced courtesy of Peter Fuller)

The New York Biltmore Hotel was part of Terminal City, a massive complex of hotels and office buildings connected to Grand Central Terminal. For 23 years the New York Biltmore was the home to the Grand Central Art Galleries, founded in 1922 by John Singer Sargent, Edmund Greacen, Walter Leighton Clark, and others. It was also part of the Bowman-Biltmore Hotels group, which also included the Los Angeles Biltmore, which housed bandleader Earl Burtnett’s orchestra. Here’s a clip featuring the Tiger Rag, a tune that originally came out in 1917, but was still very popular in 1928.

[sic] We have kept all spellings as Vincent wrote them. [nb:] The pictures on this page were sourced as free media use and are not from Vincent’s estate.