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Akim Tamiroff - a Russian who acted in the United States
Alley Oop - the name of the caveman for whom V.T. Hamlin named his popular cartoon strip, which was begun in the 1930s
Basil Rathbone - a popular British actor
Bette Davis - a popular American actress
Bluebeards - literary characters who are known for being bad guys and murderers
Brobdingnag - a country of giants that appears in Gulliver’s Travels
C.M.E. - Colored Methodist Episcopal, a popular religion among black people
Captain Marvel - a comic book character created in 1939
chow-chow - a type of relish, usually made from peppers, onions, carrots, and cucumbers
Cisco Kid - a Mexican character who appeared in a comic strip and in Westerns filmed in the U.S..
D’Artagnan - one of the characters of The Three Musketeers, a novel by Alexander Dumas
Daughters of Pythias - the woman’s branch of the Knights of Pythias; they function is largely charitable
Dolores Del Rio - a well-known Mexican actress in the 1940’s and 1950’s
Donald O’Connor - an American stage star who is best know for his roles in musical comedies
double entendres - words or phrases that have double meanings.
Eastern Stars - the female relatives of Masons (see below), who gather to perform civic and service projects and to enjoy fellowship with one another
The Elks - a group of men who gather in a lodge for charitable and social purposes
Fillmore - the district in San Francisco where the blacks lived
Green Hornet - the fictional nephew of the Lone Ranger. He was the star of a popular radio show that was broadcast in the 1930s and 1940s.
Horatio Alger - a popular 19 th century author of over 100 books
Jane Withers - a well-known American actress, who starred in movies in the 1950’s and 1960’s
Joe Louis - a black fighter who was the world heavyweight champion from 1937 - 1949
John Brown - a famous American abolitionist who was killed in 1859 for his raid on Harper’s Ferry, the home of a federal arsenal
Katrina Paxinou - a Greek actress who starred in several American movies
Katzenjammer Kids - cartoon strip characters drawn by Rudolph Dirks
Knights of Columbus - an organization of Catholic men who meet for service and social projects
Masons - an organization of men dedicated to performing charitable work
Toussaint L’Ouverture - an 18 th century military leader who freed Haiti
morocco bound - covered with nice leather
Nisei - second generation Japanese, who were born and live in America
Pancho Villa - a well-known Mexican bandit
The Phantom - a popular cartoon strip created by Roger Moore in the 1930s, The Phantom was later made into comic books, movies, and television shows.
Pride and Prejudice - a novel by Jane Austen
Rippers - bad guys, like Jack the Ripper, who are known for slitting the throats of women
The Rover Boys - a series of young adult novels written by Edward Stratemeyer, who also wrote The Hardy Boys, The Bobbsey Twins, and The Nancy Drew Mysteries.
scones and crumpets - common teacakes
The Shadow - a popular detective program broadcast on the radio in the 1930s
Tiny Tim - the crippled boy in Dickens’ famous book, The Christmas Carol