There are other versions of this story about Mayor Mabel but what is interesting here that I haven’t read before was the use of “Tillie” as an endearment. As the date is a full year before Sennett did his negotiation with Marie Dressler for “Tillie’s Nightmare” the Broadway hit. What this may mean is the character had become part of the cultural lexicon before the movie. And of course Sennett would have been aware of the popularity. This is another wonderful tidbit to add to the story of “Tillie’s Punctured Romance” (Keystone November 7, 1914)
PHOTOPLAY - AUGUST 1913
courtesy of Bruce Long, September 27, 2013
Larry Names sent the information regarding the reference to Tillie, which was probably understood in 1913. It seems that George Cornelious Tilyou, who built the Ferris wheel at Coney Island and was quite an entertainment entrepreneur in
In the article that mentioned Mabel using Tillie when addressing friends found in the Photoplay August 1913, seems far more understandable related to George Cornelious Tilyou.