1890-1919

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BROKEN BLOSSOMS (1919)
BROKEN BLOSSOMS (1919) $1,000.00 SOLD

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, dir: D.W. Griffith; United Artists.

Legendary silent film from D.W. Griffith, it is the tragic tale of a frail girl brutalized by her father and befriended by a Chinese immigrant, all taking place in the seedy Limehouse District of London. When the girl passes out in the street one day, the Chinese immigrant, who has fallen in love with her from afar, takes her into his shop to nurse her and dresses the ragged girl as a princess (as seen in this scene...

HIS LAST LAUGH (1916)
HIS LAST LAUGH (1916) $200.00 SOLD

Vintage original black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Harry McCoy, Julia Faye, Mary Thurman, A. Edward Sutherland, Malcolm St. Clair, dir: Walter Wright; Keystone Film Company. Very unusual art direction and costuming make this somewhat bizarre still from a Keystone comedy short charming. The film is most likely lost. Interestingly, it featured two soon-to-be prominent film directors as actors, Malcolm St. Clair as the Butler and A. Edward Sutherland as the Wealthy Maiden's Suitor.

The wealthy maiden was played by Mary Thurman, and the verso is stamped with her name above the title. She was a Mormon...

LES HEURES [THE HOURS] (1909)
LES HEURES [THE HOURS] (1909) $3,500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 42 x 57" (108 x 146 cm.) poster, France. Alice Tissot, Renée Carl, Christiane Mandelys, Maurice Vinot, dir: Louis Feuillade; Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont. Beautiful poster from the French Art Nouveau period. So rare is this style of art in film posters as this was the infancy of the motion picture.

This was an episodic film, with sequences representing different times of the day. Morning, noon and eve art the three tableaus represented on this poster. Louis Feuillade was perhaps the most prolific film director of all time, with more than 700 titles to his credit. In 1907...

PASSION (1919)
PASSION (1919) $350.00 SOLD

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Pola Negri, Emil Jannings, Harry Liedtke, dir: Ernst Lubitsch; UFA/Associated First National. Originally released as MADAME DUBARRY when it premiered in Germany in Sept. of 1919, the film was called PASSION for its first release in America in Dec. of 1920. The epic film, the grand story of the rags-to-riches tale of the milliner's maid (who became the famed mistress of King Louis XV) and set in the last years of the French aristocracy made Pola Negri and director Lubitsch popular with American audiences. Pleading with the executioner,...

POWDER FLASH OF DEATH (1913)
POWDER FLASH OF DEATH (1913) $300.00 SOLD

Vintage original 14 x 11” (36 x 28 cm.) lobby card, USA.  Wallace Reid, dir: Allan Dwan; Universal. 

One of the earliest lobby cards in existence, from a film first released on July 8, 1913.  The first lobby cards were precisely like this one---they were vertical in layout, and they appear to have been primarily to promote films from the then young Universal Studios. This is a very early film for either the handsome Marshall Neilan (who would...

SPECK'S ORIENT-CINEMA (ca. 1916)
SPECK'S ORIENT-CINEMA (ca. 1916) $3,500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 27 x 39" (69.5 x 99.6 cm.) one sheet poster, Switzerland. Poster art by costume and commercial designer Ernst Deutsch-Dryden (1883-1938) for an elegant new movie theater in Zürich, with this image giving us well-dressed clientele watching a Western movie, almost certainly a US import. During this period there was a push in Zürich, as in all large European and American cities, to build lavish new cinemas to accommodate the constantly growing public and to screen all the feature films which were now being regularly made.

This poster was designed to promote the opening of this movie theater. Conserved...

TOSCA (1918)
TOSCA (1918) $12,500.00 SOLD

Vintage original 39 x 105" (100 x 270 cm.) poster, Italy. Olga Benetti, Frecesca Bertini, Vittorio Bianchi, Luigi Cigoli, Alfredo De Antoni, dir: Alfredo De Antoni; Caesar Film. Italian version of the famous story based on the Victorien Sardou play, a print of which is still in existence. A stunning Art Nouveau-style portrait of star Francesca Bertini as Floria Tosca.

This prolific star of the Italian cinema, one of film's first true divas, was also a writer and director. She made the first of her 140 films in 1907 and her last in 1976 (most were made before 1935), Bertolucci's 1900....

TRAFFIC IN SOULS [KAMPEN MOT DEN VITA SLAVHANDELN] (1913)
TRAFFIC IN SOULS [KAMPEN MOT DEN VITA SLAVHANDELN] (1913) $750.00 SOLD

Vintage original 35 x 24" (89 x 61 cm.) poster, Sweden. Jane Gail, Matt Moore, dir: George Loane Tucker; Universal. This was, for its time, an extraordinary film about what was called "the white slave trade," a euphemism for prostitution. It was one of the early features which put the then-fledgling Universal Studios into the consciousness of the ticket-buying public.

This remarkable Swedish poster, with its strong Art Nouveau design elements, bears a monogram at left of an as yet unknown artist. Folded, with a few staple holes, NEAR FINE.

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