Friday, December 30, 2011

Glass Slide from The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

This is a rarely seen Glass Slide from the film, "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. As stated in earlier posts, many glass slides are difficult to find in today's market that are not cracked or broken. They were often hand painted, which can lead to many different variations of the same slide. One other note on this item, not all of the marketing merchandise featured Valentino, it is great to see him featured on this piece. The photo is from

Fantastic 1922 Moving Picture World Magazine

This is a fantastic Moving Picture World magazine from 1922. It features a great profile photo of Valentino from the film, "The Young Rajah." This is a sharp looking magazine that you simply do not see too often. A great example of yet another magazine that Valentino graces the cover of.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Photos of Valentino with Natacha

These are five photos of Valentino with Natacha, many of them you do not see too often. What is even more rare than that, she is actually smiling in a few! The couple were often photographed while out in public. She and Valentino were married from 1923 to 1926.

1995 Birthday Rudolph Valentino Fan Club Booklet

This is a 100th Birthday dedication booklet from 1995. The booklet is called Buon Compleanno, which is Italian for Happy Birthday. The Booklet was produced by Patricia Lampinen who used to run a Valentino fan club back in the 90's. There were about 30 or so members, including myself. She asked the current members to send birthday messages and poems to her to create this 100th birthday booklet. Even though this was simply a homemade item it is significant because there were only 30 or so created and it was created by one of many Valentino fan clubs over the years. This would be a desirable item to those who are now collector's who were not former members of this fan club and has to have one of everything out there.

Moran of the Lady Letty Lobby Card

This is a Lobby Card from the film, "Moran of the Lady Letty." All of the lobby cards from this film are black and white. Lobby cards from this film tend to be more difficult to find compared to lobby cards from some of Valentino's other films. This is one of Valentino's more obscure films; however, there are some great collectibles out there.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Rare 1925 Magazine from Finland

This is a hard to find magazine entitled "Allas Kronika." This magazine is from Finland and is dated 1925. The name of the magazine translate to "Everyone's Chronicle." The cover depicts Valentino from the film Monsieur Beaucaire. Even though the cover does not have vibrant colors, it would still be a desirable magazine to collectors/myself.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Photos from Blood and Sand

Here are five photos from the 1922 film, "Blood and Sand." Blood and Sand is a fantastic film which co-starred Lila Lee, Walter Long, and my favorite silent sexy-vamp Nita Naldi. One of the photos is taken from, it is my favorite of the five, I enjoy the artsy shadow play. A great story, great acting, and a film filled with great costumes!

Rare Once to Every Woman Poster

This is a very rare poster from the 1920 film, "Once to Every Woman." This is one of Valentino's early films and unfortunately remains lost. Valentino made a total of 6 films in 1920. Dorothy Phillips received top billing for the film. It is my understanding that Valentino did not have a big part in the film, so it is unique to see him prominently displayed on the movie poster. I do not believe this film was re-released after his stardom. This appears to be an original poster from 1920, since his name does not appear on the poster. This would be a fairly valuable poster due to the rarity of items from the film, along with the demand from collector's to own something from his early days, I.E. pre-Four Horsemen.

Halloween Mask from The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

This is a random item, that you do not see too often. My guess is that it is from the late 60's, or most likely the 70's. It is a cardboard mask of Valentino from The Four Horsemen. It has two small holes cut out where the eyes are. I know there is a Theda Bara edition as well. I am unsure if this product was homemade or mass produced. I find it to be one of those very random items that collector's who have to have one of everything would need to buy.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

1921 Newspaper Advertisement for The Sheik

This is an original 1921 Newspaper Advertisement for the film, "The Sheik." Above the movie art it states The Milwaukee Journal, November 29, 1921. This verifies the fact it is from 1921 and not a re-release. These are great collectibles, just don't expect to rich off of these.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Son of the Sheik Picture Show

This is a Picture Show Magazine from November of 1926. It depicts Valentino and Vilma Banky on the cover from the film, "The Son of the Sheik." These are fantastic magazines from the UK. Valentino appeared on the cover of these magazines many times. This particular one advertises a 16 page Art Souvenir from The Son of the Sheik. These are wonderful magazines and are fairly desirable.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving - Color Photos

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I hope everyone is doing well and I hope many of your friends and family members are getting out tomorrow to find you some Rudy treasures for Christmas! I thought I would post a few color photos from the Old Hollywood in Color blog. These photos include scenes from The Sheik, The Young Rajah, Blood and Sand, and a candid photo.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Rare Blood and Sand Movie Poster

This is a rare version of a poster from the 1922 film, "Blood and Sand." The poster is from Belgium. This is another example of a different variation from the U.S. release. Many overseas collectible items depict different art work or different movie scenes. This would be a valuable and hard to find movie poster.

Friday, November 18, 2011

5 Photographs from The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

All of these photos showcase Valentino in his Military uniform. I find it very interesting that most of the photos of Valentino from The Four Horsemen are of him in the gaucho costume. Granted the most famous part of the film was the dance of the tango; however, he is only featured in the gaucho costume for a few minutes in the film. With that being said, enjoy the photos of these rarely seen photos.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

1922 Personalized Autographed Photo

This is a fantastic example of an autographed photo of Valentino, it is dated 1922. He personalized it to Hazel, The Will O'the Wisp. Thanks to Fiferstone for the update on the term Will O'the Wisp, which I originally misread as wisdom. There are many terms to define this saying, the most interesting I found was "Ghost Lights," or "Orbs." Knowing that Valentino had a spirit guide and had an slight interest in the occult makes this autograph very unique. When I save photos to later post on the blog I often save any information, I have with the photo, in this case I saved the name, Hazel Beamer Miles. I assume this is the Hazel he addressed on the photo. I was unable to find any information on her. I am unsure if she worked in the business, or was simply a friend of Valentino's. If anyone has any further information, let me know.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Glass Slide from Camille

This is a Glass Slide from the 1921 film, "Camille." Notice the top billing for Nazimova. This film was released in between The Four Horsemen and The Sheik. The Sheik was Valentino's next film, which really propelled his stardom. These Glass Slides are fantastic collectibles and tend to be fairly valuable in good condition.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Window Card Movie Poster from The Sheik

This is a rare version of a Window Card Movie Poster from the 1921 film, "The Sheik." This is a early, fantastic version of a movie poster from The Sheik. The art work, with the exception of The Sheik on the horse is not commonly seen on other advertisements for the film. A hard to find, valuable poster!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

German Magazine from The Eagle

This is a 1926 German magazine called Film Kurier. It features Valentino on the cover from the film, The Eagle. I find this to be a fantastic magazine. There does not seem to be too many vintage German items out there. I am still looking for this one myself.

Photographs from A Sainted Devil

These are five photos from the lost 1924 film, "A Sainted Devil." There were rumors that a copy had possibly been found; however, nothing was ever confirmed. I have not heard any recent news on the status of this film. In the meantime, we will have to just piece together the existing photos.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

1922 Lowe's Newsletter featuring Blood and Sand

This is a great 1922 Lowe's Theater Newsletter sent to me by one of our readers, Bob. It features scenes from the 1922 film, "Blood and Sand." Even though these newsletters were mass produced, you do not see a great deal of these around today. These not only promoted the films, they also contain a few articles about the stars. These are great, informative items.

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Society Sensation Newspaper Advertisement

This is a re-release newspaper ad for the 1918 film, "A Society Sensation." Considering the film is packaged with the 1924 film, "Wild Oranges," my guess is that it is from 1924. It reads, "He Made Love An Art on the Screen," and "Note: This will prove to you that Rudy always was the most dazzling of lovers." Even though the studios were attempting to cash in on his early films where he had bit parts, which they did, this is not a very impressive ad for the film. Almost a second billing ad if you will. Again, these clippings are not extremely rare; but, I find them to be great collectible pieces that are very reasonable to obtain.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fantastic 1926 Painting of Rudolph Valentino

This is a painting from Alan Hale Sr.'s collection. I am unsure who painted this, if anyone has any further information please let me know. I can tell you that Alan Hale Sr. was a well known actor and director from the teens to the 50's. You may know his son, Alan Hale Jr. as the Skipper from Gilligan's Island. This is one of the best likenesses I have come across in the form of a painting, especially from when he was alive. This is a fantastic, one of a kind piece that would be highly valuable and highly sought after.

Update on this item from Tracy: The only info I have on this was about 2 or 3 yrs ago I was contacted by Allan Hale's granddaughter asking me info on it. I had a 1930 or 31 movie magazine photo of Allan Hale standing in front of it. Mr. Hale co-starred with him in Four Horseman, and also was friends with Natacha. She had wanted him to direct The Hooded Falcon. The painting was not given to him by Rudy. The painting is easily identifiable as the "Last Portrait" photo, (cover of Emily Leider's book) That portrait was done in spring 1926 in Los Angeles, and that was his last sitting in Los Angeles, thus why it's called that. He did go on to do more in Chicago and NY which was his last. Being that it was done based on that photo makes it impossible to have been given in 1925. I believe Mr. Hale most likely commissioned this as a keepsake/memory after Rudy's passing in August 1926 The painting was auctioned off in Pasadena shortly after his granddaughter had contacted me. It was lumped in with a lot of old English furniture in the auction. I doubt it went for much. Hopes this helps with some of the true facts behind the piece.

Friday, October 14, 2011

1924 Screenland Magazine

This is a magazine called Screenland from 1924. It says Seattle Washington on the top of the magazine along with the date. It appears to possibly be a newspaper supplement. The magazine depicts a unique cover depicting Valentino from the film, "A Sainted Devil." I like how this appears that Valentino was cut out and pasted on the cover. This is a great example of one of those unique rarely seen magazines.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Photos from Moran of the Lady Letty

Here are five photos from the 1922 film, "Moran of the Lady Letty." This was the first of four films Valentino made that year. This is not one of my favorite films; however, there are some great collectibles out there from this movie. It is a change of pace from his films with the elaborate costumes and sets.