Silent Era Postcards

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Unread post by silentfilm » Sun May 16, 2010 9:56 pm

Vanity Fair (1911) still exists, Blackhawk used to sell it on film. I don't think it has been released on any video format.

Those three postcards are the oldest photos that I have. Vintage studio photos are hard to come by from before 1915. I only have two vintage stills from 1913.

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Unread post by Bob Birchard » Tue May 18, 2010 10:02 am

Even though these images of Raymond Grifith may have postcard formatting on the back, they are actually arcade cards that were purchased from vending machines.
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Unread post by missdupont » Tue May 18, 2010 10:25 am

I have a postcard of Henry Walthall when he was with Biograph. I'll see if I can scan it tonight.

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Unread post by Derek B. » Wed May 19, 2010 12:00 pm

Here are a few more cards. The Paramount cards have blank backs with movie theatre and dates stamped. (In the same group I got another card for North of 36 that was like the one I posted previously but had a stamp as above rather than being used as a postcard.)

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(on the set of East Is West)

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Unread post by rudyfan » Wed May 19, 2010 3:14 pm

Those color/poster postcards, Derek, are very cool. I've not seen these before.
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Unread post by greta de groat » Wed May 19, 2010 11:11 pm

It sure makes Tongues of Flame look promising. And what is happening to Pola in that picture--are vegetables being ejected from that guy's hand?

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Unread post by silentfilm » Sun May 23, 2010 6:27 pm

Although the card says Louisiana, this lost film was actually released as The Love Mart (1927). That's Gilbert Roland and Raymond Turner.

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This is definitely an arcade card since there is no printing on the back.

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Unread post by peachtreegal » Thu May 27, 2010 12:45 pm

Here's a British postcard I acquired recently (thank you, eBay!) of Frank Borzage from his acting days:

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Unread post by Bob Birchard » Thu May 27, 2010 1:29 pm

peachtreegal wrote:Here's a British postcard I acquired recently (thank you, eBay!) of Frank Borzage from his acting days:

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Looks more like Borzage from "The Man Who Laughs"! ;-}

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Unread post by peachtreegal » Thu May 27, 2010 1:50 pm

Bob Birchard wrote:
Looks more like Borzage from "The Man Who Laughs"! ;-}
ROFL

I am wondering if I could get that brand and shade of lipstick somewhere...

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Unread post by silentfilm » Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:41 pm

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Here's a really neat novelty postcard. If you wiggle the tab on the side, Ford Sterling's expression changes.

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Here's how it works. There are three different images of Sterling, and each one consists of vertical bars. Each image repeats every third bar (except for his shoulders, which are the same in each picture.) As you move the front clear window with the bars, a different expression is exposed.

This postcard was never mailed, but it does have a message on the back. I'm guessing that it was sent in an envelope. The message indicates that the recipient, Mary Phillips, has been sick. Sterling only worked at Universal a few months in 1914, so the postcard probably dates from that year.

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Unread post by All Darc » Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:15 pm

A question :

Why it's so rare to find good stills of Chaplin Keystone shorts ?????

Even BFI site used a lot of frames from bad prints, as stills, cause they had just a few stills of some shorts.
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Unread post by Bob Birchard » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:31 am

In the Mrs. Stich post card text:

"Mr. Ryan - please forward any mail for us to above address -- We are living out-here now -- We love summer weather, but -- I like a City beat. Go see the boy in pictures at City Square Theatrs (sic) the Keystone picture show there. Twice week. Kind Regards to all."

I think "City beat" should probably read "City best"

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Unread post by silentfilm » Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:01 pm

Thanks, Bob. I'll fix it on my website.

Here's an early advertising postcard...
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The "Mutt and Jeff" film would have been a live action comedy short from the Nestor Film company, and not one of the long-running animated series that started a few years later. This would have almost certainly been a traveling exhibitor, as the Brewster Town Hall (which still stands today) was used for all kinds of events. Interestingly, this is a British postcard, but obviously it was not mailed, but just handed out as advertising.

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Here's a postcard from Varsity (1928).

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Unread post by Derek B. » Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:13 pm

Here's another movie postcard used in 1911 that a friend recently obtained and let me scan:
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Here is the AFI listing for the film though it doesn't have many details.
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Unread post by Harlowgold » Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:03 pm

I have at least 200 silent movie era postcards which I bought during the early years of ebay when they could been had quite reasonably back then, often for $2-3 each, nowadays most people start the prices at around $10. The ones from Europe are the best, "real photo" glossy postcards with portraits of the stars like the ones Derek has of Laura La Plante and Betty Bronson on his scan. It seems movie star postcards were far more popular and in surplus in Europe than in the States and continued on into the 1940's at least though in the sound era the star postcards tended to be mainly the "gorgeous" stars like Dorothy Lamour, Robert Taylor,Tyrone Power, Hedy Lamarr, etc. than a wider variety of stars like in the silent era. Most of my silent postcards are of Pickford, Corinne Griffith, Anita Page, Dove, Shearer, Del Rio, Swanson, Murray, Gaynor, Pearl White, La Plante, Lillian Gish, Valentino, Novarro, and Farrell.

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Unread post by silentfilm » Wed May 16, 2012 11:27 am

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Minnie Maddern Fiske in Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1913).

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Edna Purviance and Charlie Chaplin in A Woman (1915).

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Charlie Chaplin, Snub Pollard and Billy Armstrong in By the Sea (1915)

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W. H. Berry;Edna Purviance;Henry Myers Signed Cards

Unread post by JFK » Fri May 25, 2012 7:04 am

Mr. Berry in a part, and costume, made famous - and filmed twice, by another...in a silent, and talkie, version
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Harry Myers used his Postcard to alert critic

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Unread post by CoffeeDan » Sat May 26, 2012 8:30 pm

JFK wrote:Mr. Berry in a part, and costume, made famous - and filmed twice - by another
That's Prof. Eustace MacGargle in Poppy, played by W. C. Fields on the stage in 1923-24 (IIRC) and on film in SALLY OF THE SAWDUST (1925) and POPPY (1936). There is a publicity still of Fields from POPPY which bears a remarkable similarity to this picture.

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Unread post by silentfilm » Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:25 pm

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Colleen Moore & Kenneth Harlan in "TWINKLETOES" (1926)

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Helen Holmes in THE GIRL AND THE GAME (1915)

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Unread post by silentfilm » Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:48 pm

More new postcards...

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John Bunny and Helen Gardner in Vanity Fair (1911)

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This is impressive that a theater would have an orchestra to accompany the film in 1911. Although just a three-reel film, this was very long for 1911. Also note the early use of "Xmas" and "Seasons Greetings" from 1911. According to the CinemaTreasures website, there were at least 19 theaters in the USA with the "Theatorium" name.

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The Pony Express (1925) with Betty Compson at right, center.

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An Exchange of Wives (1925)

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Unread post by silentfilm » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:45 am

It's been a while since I posted any postcards here...

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I've found five different postcards for Clothes (1914), all from the same theater. Here are Charlotte Ives and Edward MacKay.
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Beatriz Michelena and William Pike in The Unwritten Law (1916).
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Karl Dane, Frank Currier and Lillian Gish in The Enemy (1927).


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Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess in Way Down East (1920).
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Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in Street Angel (1928)

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Unread post by Daveismyhero » Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:08 pm

These are great! Thanks to all that are sharing them. :)
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Unread post by MaryGH » Sun Aug 16, 2015 7:31 pm

I have a few unused postcards I store along with a bunch of arcade cards.

I bought these online:

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And this one came all the way from Serbia:

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Unread post by silentfilm » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:01 pm

We are overdue for some new postcards...

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The Criterion Theatre was on Broadway in New York City and was owned by Paramount. Paramount screened all of their biggest films there, and The Covered Wagon (1923) likely had a long run in this theater.

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William Russell, center, as Robin Hood (1913).
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This is actually Doris Kenyon with Rudolph Valentino.

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Gaston Melies' An Unwilling Cowboy (1911)

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Unread post by MaryGH » Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:38 pm

A recent postcard acquisition:

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Unread post by tthacker » Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:30 pm

Here's one I recently purchased:

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