Sunday, February 28, 2010

1977 Television Ad

This is a television ad out of TV Guide from 1977 for The Legend of Rudolph Valentino, a documentary and Blood and Sand. The ad reads, "See the real Valentino tonight! 1977 was the year the fictitious movie Valentino was released starring Rudolf Nureyev.

The Valentino Mystique

This is "The Valentino Mystique," by Allan R. Ellenberger. The book was published in 2005 by McFarland and Company. The book is an oversized paperback. It is not too difficult to find.

Friday, February 26, 2010

2 Norwegian Film Journalen Magazines from Monsieur Beaucaire

These are two oversized Norwegian magazines, called Film Journalen. Both magazines feature Valentino on the cover from the film, Monsieur Beaucaire. These are wonderful magazines and are not easy to find.

Lobby Photograph from A Sainted Devil

This is what I call a Lobby Photograph. It measure 8 x 10, smaller than a lobby card, but made very similar. It is on thick stock photo type paper. This is a rare photo from a film that no longer exists, A Sainted Devil. Obsure photos and items from this film are very difficult to find.

Tobbaco Card from Gallaher

This is a colorized Tobacco Card from Gallaher LTD. The back of the card reads Gallaher LTD from Belfast and London. This is a thick stock card, it seem to be very well made, a more expensive card than most. I am unsure if Gallaher is a tobacco company, I assume they are.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rare Photo from Seventeen

This is one of the earliest photos I have come across from his early film days. This is from the film, "Seventeen," from 1916 starring Jack Pickford and Louise Huff. The 21 year old Valentino was an uncredited extra in this film. Valentino is pictured behind Jack Pickford in the tuxedo, smiling. Any photos of Valentino as an uncredited extra are very rare.

Ace of Hearts Playing Card

This is a playing card featuring Valentino from the film, The Son of the Sheik. He is featured on the ace of hearts card. This is from a set of Austrian movie star playing cards.

Blood and Sand Movie Advertisement

This is a 2-page advertisement for the film, "Blood and Sand." This appeared in the September 1922 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. This was really one of the first films Paramount used Valentino to heavily promote a film. Most of these ads are not too difficult to find.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rudolph Valentino Precision Machine Co. Advertisement

This is an advertisement for The Precision Machine Co. This is a projector company that features a photo of Valentino along with a letter from him to the company dated 1923. The letter talks about his absolute satisfaction with the Simplex Projector at his Chateau Hudnut in Nice France. This is a difficult ad to find, it is a very unique piece. I was unaware he endorsed any products publicly besides Mineralava.

Photos from The Young Rajah

These are five photos from the film, "The Young Rajah." Until recently this film had been lost for over 80 years. The copy of the film that was found is not a complete copy; however, they do a fairly good job of piecing the film together with photo stills. It is just great to have a copy to view after all these years of the film being missing.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Early Photo of Rudolph Valentino on Canvas

I recieved this as a gift a while back. I believe these show up on ebay from time to time. This is a early photo of Valentino printed on canvas stock. It is not a vintage item, it is a newer item; however, it is a fantastic piece. The background is all black with the image of Valentino in a semi-profile view. It looks great framed.

100th Birthday Classic Images

This is a Classic Images newspaper /magazine from 1995. This movie newspaper commemorates Valentino's 100th birthday. It depicts a poster from Blood and Sand. These are not too difficult to find.

2 Actual Snapshots of Rudolph Valentino

These are two actual snapshot photographs of Valentino. The first one is Valentino on horseback in Palm Springs. The second one is Valentino from the set of the Sheik. Actual photo snapshots are very difficult to come across.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Newspaper Discussing Valentino's Funeral

This is a newspaper with the headline, "75 Hurt in Rush to See Valentino." The mob of people in New York became unruly the first day of the funeral. Some people claim the crowsds and riots were a publicity stunt. I do not think it is unrealistic to think a few thousand people got out of hand to see the biggest movie star in the world, lay in state. This riot caused police to file a single file line to pass by Valentino's body at Campbell's Funeral Home in New York.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Norwegian Film Magazine

This is a great oversized Norwegian magazine called Film Journalen. The cover depicts a shirtless Valentino, giving a profile pose. This is a wonderful foriegn magazine that is not easy to find.

Sheet Music from The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

This is Sheet Music entitled "In Old Manila." This is from the film, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. This sheet music was most likely produced well after the film, since Valentino was virtually an unknown when the film was released. Even so this is not a common piece of sheet music.

Monsieur Beaucaire Tobacco Card

This is another tobacco card from the "Crack Cigar Company." This is a Spanish tobacco card depicting Valentino from the film Monsieur Beaucaire. These tobacco cards are not very common.

Rudolph Valentino Paper Dolls

These are two different kids of Valentino paper dolls. Paper Dolls comes with a cutout of Valentino along with various costumes to overlay on Valentino. The first one is a single sheet with costumes from The Sheik, Monsieur Beaucaire, and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. This was origianlly produced in the 20's or 30's, this particular was reproduced in the 90's.

This is Rudolph Valentino Paper Dolls by Tom Tierney. This is actually a book of outfits from various films and photos. This book was published in 1979 and is very common.

Rudolph Valentino Guitar Picks

This is by for one of the most random items I have come across. I do not like to post items that people made or produced to sell on ebay, but this one is the exception. Someone created a set of 10 guitar picks that depict various photos of Valentino. So yes, they do make Valentino guitar picks, just in case you are looking.

Italian Son of the Sheik Newspaper Magazine

This is a gorgeous oversized Italian newspaper style magazine from 1938 depicting Valentino and Vilma Banky from The Son of the Sheik. The name of this newspaper is call Piccola. This is not a common magazine to find.

A few Younger Photos of Valentino

These are five early photos of Valentino. Some are publicity shots, some are most likely photos of bit parts he had in early films. For the most part photos of Valentino before he made The Four Horsemen and much more difficult to find.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Henry Clive Sheik Ashtray

This is a Henry Clive Ashtray. This is the same art as used on the beautebox tin, it depicts Valentino as The Sheik. This ashtray is very difficult to find, in comparison to the candy tins.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Valentino Tribute Poem

This is a poem wrote by Marie Lueke, it is dated 1926. It reads, "A Loving Tribute to the Memory of Rudolph Valentino." I am unsure of the origin of this item, I do not remember where I got this item. It is on a thick stock paper with a small square photograph adhered to the page.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lobby Cards from The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

These are two Lobby Cards from the film, "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse." These lobby cards are not as detailed and colorful as most of Valentino's other lobby cards. These basically depict scenes that have been poorly colorized. However, they are still very desirable.

Magazine Ad for The Eagle

This is a magazine ad for the film, "The Eagle." This was Valentino's second to last movie. I feel this was one of his best films. Like many Valentino films before this one, there were many costume changes as well.

1996 Italian Biography

This is an Italian biography entitled, "Rodolfo Valentino, Una mitologia per immagini," by Chicca Guglielmi Monroe and Antonio Mirdei. The book was published in 1996. This is not a common book to find in the US.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Postcards from The Son of the Sheik

These are five postcards from the film, "The Son of the Sheik." The top three post cards are Beagles Postcards from London. These are my favorite postcards, I really like the beveled edges and the occasional colorization of some of the cards. I have a few of these in my collection, they tend to be more expensive than other postcards. The other two are German Ross Cards, also highly collectible, but, they are more common than the Beagles.

Plaster Sheik Statue

This is another one of those random items. This is a plaster statue depicting Valentino from the film, "The Sheik." The base of this statue reads, "The Sheik." I am unsure if this is a one of a kind or mass produced.

The Eagle Movie Program, Valentino's Red Cross Card

This is a werid combination. I saved this photo from an ebay auction from a few years ago. This is a movie program from the film, "The Eagle." This is not a typical program, most have photos of Valentino and movie scenes. This could be a premiere program. The most interesting part of this photo is Valentino's own personal American Red Cross card. It is dated 1926 and is signed by Valentino himself, he signed it R. Valentino.

Photos from Cobra

These are five photos from one of my favorite Valentino films, "Cobra." This was Valentino's first film after Monsieur Beaucaire. The studio wanted Valentino to get back to a basic role for his fans, so he was depicted as a womanizing Italian playboy with his favorite leading lady and mine, Nita Naldi.