Thomas Hezikiah Mix was born in Mix Run, PA. He dropped out of school at a young age and joined the Army. Mix worked briefly as a night marshal. In 1905, Tom Mix got a job as a bronc buster on the Miller Brothers ranch in Oklahoma, and performed in their “Wild West Show.” From there he was hired by the Selig Polyscope Co. where he made 236 movies. Mix was a genuine prize winner in the rodeo world and helped organize the first Calgary Stampede. Tom Mix was the most flamboyant of the early movie cowboys. By 1928, he was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. He died in a car wreck in 1940.
The term “silent film” is somewhat of a misnomer, as silent films were almost always accompanied by a pianist, organist, or even a small orchestra. Music was considered essential, contributing atmosphere and giving the audience vital emotional cues. The silent era began in 1894 and was most productive from the 1910s to the late 1920s. Perhaps 75% of silent films have been lost because the nitrate film used was unstable and flammable. The term “silent films,” is a retronym, a term created retroactively to distinguish it from “talking pictures” and “sound films.”
This Tom Mix History Mug is part of our Silent Film Series which includes many unique individuals.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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