Sunday, October 31, 2010
I could not think of anything pertaining to Halloween / Valentino to post that I have not already posted such as the occult books like Voice of Valentino or The Return of Valentino, so I thought I would just post this great early photo that has a yellowish / orange hue. Happy Halloween to everyone!
This is a vintage magazine, I am unsure of the date, from Denmark. The magazine depicts a side-profile of Valentino. This magazine is not too valuable, most of the magazines with color covers tend to be more desirable; but, would be sought after for collectors to add to their collection.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
The first item is a photo from London, dated 1924. The photo depicts a traffic police officer directing traffic, in the background there is a billboard for the film, "A Sainted Devil." Imagine what that billboard would be worth today. I would love to own one, but, where would you display it, on the side of your house? The second item, a postcard, depicts Denbigh in Wales with a movie theatre in the background with a large advertisement for the film, Blood and Sand. I find both of these items unique, they are snapshots in time that show Valentino's movies at the theater.
This is a color tobacco card from the British American Tobacco Company. It is dated from 1926. The card depicts Valentino from the film, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The color tobacco cards tend to be more desirable and more valuable.
This is a wonderful color magazine called Revista de Revistas, which translates to Review Journals. The magazine depicts Valentino and Vilma Banky from the film, "The Son of the Sheik." The magazine looks to be from the 40's or 50's, the cover has a quality, colorized photo. This is another example of an obscure foreign magazine that is not seen very often.
These are five different postcards, some are candids, some are studio portraits. Postcards are a reasonable, original, vintage item that can purchased for a very reasonable price. My personal favorite are the Beagles postcards with the beveled edges, they tend to be a bit more pricey as well. I also find it interesting that most Valentino post cards I have come across are unused, which increases the value as well. I assume most people bought them and put them away as a memento.
Friday, October 29, 2010
This is a newspaper from 1926, the New York Evening Graphic. The headline reads, "Rudy Rallies at Point of Death." During Valentino's hospitalization, his condition went from poor to good, then he suddenly died on August 23rd. Most newspapers offered daily information on Valentino's condition, most was front page news, this one offered a full front page image. Newspapers, around the time of his death tend to be moderately valuable simply because many 90 year old newspapers are no longer left in existence, especially in good condition.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
These are five rare photos from Beyond the Rocks. This film was lost for many years. The film was discovered in 2004 in the Netherlands. A Dutch film collector who passed away in 2000 happened to have all six reels of the film. Before the film was found and re-released these photos were the only items we collectors had to go by.
This is an awesome French Magazine called Hebdo, which translates into Weekly. The magazine is dated from 1938. This is a depiction of Valentino from The Son of the Sheik on the cover. Valentino regained popularity around this time, as a few of his films were re-released. He also appeared on the cover of Life magazine the same year, with the caption: "The Man Who Came Back."
Thursday, October 21, 2010
This is a hard to find Son of the Sheik movie program / theater handout. The program states the film with show on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, September 3-5. This is only a couple of weeks after Valentino's death in 1926. This is not a common program to find.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
This is a Movie Weekly Magazine from January of 1923. It depicts Valentino in a pair of workout trunks and shoes. The photo was taken from his book, "How you can keep fit." Since this was a weekly publication, Valentino was often featured on the cover. This magazine is made from a thin newspaper-like paper stock, so to find them in mint condition is difficult. They seem to be some of the more common magazines you can find from the 20's but are still very sought after.
These are five photos from the film, "Camille." Released in 1921, this was one of five films Valentino starred in this year. This film co-starred Alla Nazimova, a Russian actress who was quite popular at the time. The set for this film was designed by Natacha Rambova, her and Valentino met on the set, two years later they were married. This film is not one of my favorites; however, I do enjoy the art-deco set designs Natacha created for the film.
Monday, October 11, 2010
This is a wonderful color Swedish magazine call Allt for Alla, which translates to All in All. The cover is a colorized photo of Valentino from the film, Monsieur Beaucaire. This is not a common magazine, the unique foreign magazines are my favorite, they often depicts photos or drawings I have never seen before.
This is an awesome lobby card from the lost film, "A Sainted Devil." This is an excellent example of a rare, sought after lobby card from 1924. The card has great colors and is not seen very often, definitely a tough card to find.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
This is a great newspaper-style magazine from August of 1926 called the Evening Graphic. This is a commemorative issue after Valentino's death. The cover depicts a very strong photo of Valentino with a white collar around his neck. There are many magazines and newspapers depicting Valentino, especially after his death; however, all are still very sought after, especially ones from the 20's and the early 30's.
Friday, October 1, 2010
These are five fantastic photos from the 1925 film, "The Eagle." This film directed by Clarence Brown, and co-starring Vilma Banky was a surprisingly good film. Valentino pulls off the role of a Russian soldier with Banky as his love interest. I thought the film was full of great costume changes for Valentino and the story line included moments of levity and extree drama. If you have not seen this film, I highly recommend it. Most copies available are very clear and in great shape.
This is a metal bust of Valentino from the film, "The Son of the Sheik," that simply reads: "Valentino." I am unsure of the age or the origin, this is one of the many different kinds of busts produced to commemorate Valentino. Most busts of Valentino were produced in the late 20's and early 30's, along with some in the 70's. This bust would not be prohibitive, but, a fairly sought after piece for someone like myself who does not have it in my collection.