|Edwin Irwin Cooper 1906|
Birth date is 9 Jan 1889 and baptism 12 March 1889.
Irish Church Records. Irish Genealogy.ie St. Peter Parish, Dublin. 1886. No Volume listed. Page 102. Number 814. https://churchrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/display-pdf.jsp?pdfName=d-45-2-18-102 : accessed 5 October 2016.
|Edwin Cooper, Doris Cooper, Alexander Sisson Cooper|
The movie Don Juan premiered in New York City on 26 August 1926, produced by the Vitaphone Corporation along with Warner Brothers. Don Juan was such a success that the film was sent on the road across the country to Boston, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis and Los Angeles. 1
How were "out-dated" movie theaters able to keep up with this new sound phenomena? Was this the movie that brought Edwin across the country to Los Angeles?
The movie The Jazz Singer was a hit the following year, winning a first honorary Academy Award for technical achievement to Warner Brothers for the production of an outstanding pioneer talking picture, which revolutionized the industry. 2
Edwin continued to instruct movie theater projectionists the Vitaphone system throughout the southwestern states.
This sound system lasted about 5 years and is displayed in the humorous film Singing in the Rain (1952).
|Edwin Irwin Cooper 1930s.|
Edith is listed as a Widow with her 19 year old son, David or known as "Jack," in the 1940 U. S. Census. I hunt down Edwin’s death certificate. I find him in the California Death Index and order a copy from the Department of Health Services in Sacramento, California. He dies on 17 Feb 1935 in Los Angeles, CA. He is buried on 20 Feb at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale. I also find his obituary in The Los Angeles Times on 19 Feb 1935, from Ancestry.com.
|Photo taken by author|
Edwin Irwin Cooper obituary, The Los Angeles Times,
|Growing up, I remember visiting my grandaunt, Edith Richter Cooper, |
with my parents whenever we were in California.
In 2005, both Jack and Doris came to visit me and my mother,
along with my aunt Eileen, their cousin.
I recently made a trip to Hollywood to find out more about Uncle Edwin. This adventure continues in my next blog post.
1. Filmmaker IQ. The History of Sound at the Movies. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot5IryUt9SM.
2. The Jazz Singer. Wikipedia.
3. Auto Engineering Society. Motion Picture Sound Part 1. http://www.aes.org/aeshc/docs/recording.technology.history/motionpicture1.html