Thursday, July 3, 2014
This is a great candid set of photos from 1926 of Rudy, Pola Negri and some friends having what looks to be a pool party. The photos are a bit blurry; however, it may be appropriate as they appear in some to be a bit "blurry" themselves. It's great to see these candid photos of Rudy having a good time, post Natasha.
I literally have thousands of Valentino photos (digital files) I have saved from various sites over the years. Photos, collectibles, you name it, I have saved it. I was looking for an early rare photo to post, when I came across this one! I unfortunately am unaware of what film it is from, I assume it is an early film where he played the villain since he is sporting the villainous mustache. This is such a cool photo. It appears to not only be the cast; but, possibly some of the behind the scenes workers as well. The most immediate thing I noticed was Valentino seems to simply "stand out" from the rest. I'm not just saying that because I'm a huge fan. In the photo he looks like the only "movie star" in the photo. I know with all of the Valentino fans, someone will look at the photo and say, oh yeah that is from such and such film. I am not an expert on the early films. If anyone knows, let me know and I will update the post. Enjoy, its a great pic!
When I think of what I consider "rare" Valentino collectibles, besides personal items, autographs and original one sheets, there are only a few things that come to mind. The elusive bookends, at least to me, are one of those items. In my many years of collecting I had only seen one in person, up until now. I just acquired one a few weeks back, yes only one. I still need another to make a set. I am happy to have at least one for now. I checked and I posted a photo of a complete set a few years ago; however, this one is mine personally, so why not post it again? Again, I do not have much information on these other than they are on the heavy side, they are made of some sort of metal and they depict Valentino from The Son of the Sheik along with his facsimile autograph. I assume they were manufactured in the 20's after his death; however, I am not 100% certain. If anyone has more specifics on the manufacture or when it was produced feel free to contact me. In the meantime, I will enjoy my bookend as it is introduced to the many, many Valentino books it will be sitting next to!
This is a fantastic Italian movie tie in book from The Eagle. I am a big book collector and would love to own this one! The overseas editions always seem to have unique covers and artwork and are more difficult to come across. Unfortunately, I know nothing about this book, only that I came across the photo and would love to own it. Another great piece to look for!
Friday, May 16, 2014
This is a rare variation of a Movie Poster from the lost 1924 film, A Sainted Devil. I came across this image off a website a while back. I found this example interesting because I had never seen this exact variation before. I find the merchandise / promotional items for this film interesting, they all look like a cross between Blood and Sand and The Four Horsemen. This is a wonderful vibrant example of a poster from the film.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
119 years ago today Rudolph Valentino was born in Castellaneta Italy. There is no need for me to go into a detailed biography, all of you have heard it and read it a million times. One thing I would like to point out that many people forget is Valentino only appeared in starring roles from March of 1921 to August of 1926, so essentially 4.5 years. He rose to stardom and had such a strong fanatical following in such a short period of time. Now, 88 years after his death, with many of us, there is still a very strong following. Every single time I have visited the mausoleum I have always seen fresh roses in the vases of his final resting place. Enjoy the day, watch a Valentino movie, go through your collections, read a book, and remember Valentino!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Valentino, which you most likely already know, was included in the Hollywood royalty of the 1920's. Fans not only adored him, his fellow actors did as well. I enjoy finding these photos of Valentino pictured with other celebrates of the day. These photos include him with Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Mae Murray, William S. Hart, and John Barrymore,
This is a vibrant, colorful Lobby Card from the 1922 film, The Young Rajah. Most of the collectibles from this film contain rich, exotic colors. This film was not a huge financial success, in this case, there was less promotional material available. This film was lost for years, a partial copy was found and was pieced together along with movie stills. Memorabilia from lost films tend to create a higher value. Most people alive today has never seen any of these lost films, thus the only way to visually re-create it is from stills and various posters and lobby cards. This is a wonderful example of a sought after lobby card. Still looking for this one myself!
Sunday, February 2, 2014
This is a fantastic, rare, over-sized piece of sheet music from the 1924 film, Monsieur Beaucaire. The sheet music is from France. I had never seen this variation until now. Another great item uncovered, 90 years after the film was released! As I have stated in the past, sheet music is one of my favorite collectibles, next to books. They are vintage, fairly reasonably priced, and easy to frame and display. This particular piece is one of those rare variations that is not often seen!
This is another wonderful example of a vintage overseas magazine depicting Valentino on the cover. The magazine is dated October 1926. After Valentino's death in August of 1926, he graced the cover of every magazine and newspaper for months after. This particular magazine depicts an artist's rendition of Valentino from the 1921 film, The Sheik. I really enjoy these unique covers from outside of The United States.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Sorry for the hiatus. Life seems to be busy as ever. I hope everyone had a great Holiday and a wonderful New Year. Hopefully, your friends or family were able to find you a few Valentino items for the Holidays that were not previously a part of your collection. I was fortunate enough to receive a bevy of overseas items, which I will post soon. One of my favorites was an over-sized piece of French sheet music from Monsieur Beaucaire, I had never seen the piece before now, it is fantastic! I hope all of you have a wonderful New Year. The below photo is a great candid of Valentino with Consuelo Flowerton, she co-starred with Valentino in the 1921 film, Camille. More to come....
Friday, October 4, 2013
This is a great newspaper advertisement for the 1922 film, Beyond the Rocks, starring Gloria Swanson, and of course Valentino. Many of these ads were found in newspapers and magazines. As I have stated in previous posts, these are fantastic collectibles, they are reasonably priced and often depict unique artwork from the film. This is another great example of one of those ads.
This is a magazine/supplement called Mid Week Pictorial, "News of the World in Pictures." This was published weekly by the New York Times. Valentino graced the cover of this publication numerous times. This is a fantastic partial profile pic of Valentino. This is a unique magazine that would need to be added to any collection.
Monday, September 30, 2013
There areso many promotional photos from Valentino's last film from 1926, The Son of the Sheik. Many of the basic stock photos of Valentino are from this film. I have included some of the more common photos along with a few you do not see too often. One, is a fantastic side profile photo, that I just recently came across.
This is a unique poster from the 1925 film, The Eagle. I am unsure of it's origins, along with what country it is from, or for that matter if it was actually used to promote the film. It has a bit of an abstract feel to it. It is possible it was used for a film festival, or it simply could just be an artful interpretation. If anyone has any information, feel free to contact me. I simply wanted to share it and add another piece to the list of various collectibles out there!
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
This is a advertisement for the 1930's/40's re-release of The Son of the Sheik. This ad shows costs for purchasing the film. 16 MM with sound $300, 16MM Silent $150, 8MM Silent $75. This was distributed by Nu-Art Films Inc. The film is tagged as "Sensational Revival by Popular Demand!" A unique advertisement piece.
Friday, August 23, 2013
87 years ago today, Rudolph Valentino passed away in a New York hospital. He was in New York promoting his latest film, The Son of the Sheik. This film would go on to be a great success, quite possibly due to the fact that it was his last film. Valentino was hospitalized while in New York, many speculated it was a promotional ploy to draw attention to Valentino and his new film. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Valentino passed away at 12:10 on the afternoon of the 23rd at the age of 31. The outcry from fellow actors and especially fans would spread worldwide. Remember Valentino today, I will leave you with a one of his poems from Daydreams: "Powerless" When I see a look of sadness, In the eyes of You, Thoughts of grief akin to madness Surge my being through. Am I then so weak and helpless, That I can not send Even shadowings of sorrows To their deserved end.
Friday, August 9, 2013
This is another great example of a French Magazine called Cine Revue. This magazine produced some great, dramatic covers depicting Valentino. This particular one features Valentino from the 1922 film, The Young Rajah. Yet another great example of 1920's magazine with Valentino on the cover.
Ok, so I am a sucker for Books and Sheet Music. This is a rare piece from the 1925 film, Cobra. The sheet music has dates on the bottom, Thursday July 1st. There was a Thursday July 1st in 1926, so I guess it's possible this movie theater did not screen them film until then. Regardless, I think it's a uncommon piece, most likely not overly valuable; however, I am on the look out for.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
This is a rare example of a movie tie-in book signed by Valentino. The book is Monsieur Beaucaire, which was made into a film Valentino made in 1924. The inscription reads: Cordially Yours, Rudolph Valentino, Strand Theatre, August 16, 1924. I assume this was obtained by a fan or possibly the theater owner. Valentino may have been there promoting the film. This is a fantastic example of Valentino's signature along with an inscription. This would be a fairly valuable piece.