Monday, August 29, 2011

The Son of the Sheik Glass Slide

This is a glass slide from the film, "The Son of the Sheik." Most of the glass slides, this one included are very vibrant in color and are great collectibles. As I have stated with other Glass Slide posts, most are hand painted and are difficult to find without cracks in the glass. I still have yet to buy one from a film for my collection. They tend to be pricey if they are in good condition. This particular photo I found at

Sunday, August 28, 2011

84th Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service

I attended the 84th Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood. The service included many guest speakers, a few songs, and a video of a Gloria Swanson interview from the 70's where she discussed Valentino. I really enjoyed getting to attend the service, to meet other Valentino fans and collectors and to visit Valentino's crypt.

Valentino's crypt was decorated with a bevy of red roses. There were two glass cases of Valentino collectibles. The main room where the service was held included photos of Valentino and a life-size wooden hand painted likeness of him. If was really fantastic to see such a large turn-out for someone who died 85 years ago.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Liebster Blog Award

So the Rudolph Valentino Collectibles Blog received the Liebster Blog Award. It is an award bloggers give to other bloggers. It is a great way to get great blogs recognized. Elisa from Elisa's Classic Film Blog,( nice enough to give out the award. Here is a bit more information about the award:
Some time (in the recent past), somewhere (rumor has it that it might be Germany), someone (I guessing he/she was named Liebster) decided to do something nice for a whole lot of bloggers and started the Liebster Blog Award.

It’s an award you receive, but it is also an award that you give. If you receive a Liebster Blog Award you are asked to choose 3 other bloggers and send them one as well.

Alright, I will play along. I know of three other blogs that deserve the award and all of your should check out, all of them, I believe I have mentioned before.

Hollywoodland a blog by "The Valentino Mystique" author Allan Ellenberger.

Old Hollywood in Color, depicting great vintage black and white Hollywood photos in color.

Claroscureaux, another great blog that depicts vintage black and white Hollywood photos in color.

I can't have a post without some type of Valentino item. I have attached a great photo of Valentino holding a trophy with Marion Davies.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Lobby Card from The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

This is a lobby card from the original release of the film, "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse." This is a very dramatic scene from the film. There are no star billing on these cards and the colors are a bit tame or muted. Even with that in mind, these cards still bring a premium in the Valentino lobby card world. I would definitely not turn one down.

Valentino Speaks The Wisdom of Rudolph Valentino Book

This is one of the newer books out about Valentino. It is titled, "Valentino Speaks The Wisdom of Rudolph Valentino by Wayne Hatford. If I am counting correctly, this is the fourth book dealing with Valentino and the occult / afterlife. I find it fantastic to see all of the new books out pertaining to Valentino. When I first started collecting, new books on Valentino were non existent. I will be posting many more of the new books out there soon!

Colorized Photos of Valentino Behind the Scenes

I came across these fantastic photos from a blog called, "Old Hollywood in Color." I emailed the administrator of the site, Bob, to get his permission to post a few of the photos. I find them to be fantastic. I think it is great to see a color photo of Valentino, these are especially interesting because they are behind the scenes photos. Photos are included from: A Sainted Devil, Beyond the Rocks, The Eagle, and The Son of the Sheik. Check out his site:

1926 Motion Picture Director Son of the Sheik Magazine

This is a copy of The Motion Picture Director magazine from July of 1926. The cover depicts a fantastic depiction of Valentino and Vilma Banky from the film, "The Son of the Sheik." This is an excellent example of a 20's magazine, pre-August 1926. I have never come across this magazine, the unique cover would lead me to believe it would be a bit more valuable than most magazines from the period.

Vintage Rudolph Valentino Playing Card

This is a Vintage Valentino Playing Card. I am unsure of the date, my guess is the 20's or 30's. The card is the two of hearts and depicts a photo of Valentino along with his name. This particular one is in poor shape. I do not have a great deal of information about the card, I would guess it is from a deck of movie star cards. This is a unique and interesting item.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Photos from The Son of the Sheik

Here are five photos from the film, "The Son of the Sheik." When you think of Valentino's films in terms of his success and stardom, it could be compared to a Hollywood story within a Hollywood story. He gained enormous popularity from The Sheik, five years later he makes a sequel to the film to re-bolster his stardom and it ends up being his last film. Not just because I am a fan; but, I feel that SOS was advanced for it's time and was a preview of what Valentino could have offered to films in the 30's.

Rare French Blood and Sand Movie Poster

This is a very rare French Movie Poster from the film Blood and Sand. I find it fascinating that so many different posters and other collectibles exist out there that I have never seen before. This poster happens to be one. Although I will say the man on the poster that is suppose to be Valentino looks nothing like him. I think the artist was looking at a photo of Harry Houdini when he drew Valentino.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Eagle French Cine Revue Magazine

This is a great French magazine from 1926 depicting a scene with Valentino from the film, "The Eagle." This is a fantastic photo from the film, it makes him look like a Russian leader of some sorts. I feel The Eagle is one of Valentino's best performances. It tends to get over shadowed by both Sheik films and The Four Horsemen. Back to the magazine, this is not a common item; however it will not cost you top dollar to add it to your collection. I am still looking for this one myself.

Glass Slide from The Delicious Little Devil

This is a Glass Slide from the re-release of the film, "The Delicious Little Devil." This is one of those items from one of Valentino's films that was re-released when he hit popularity. Originally, he has a supporting role in the film; however, was so popular fans wanted to see anything with him in it. These early re-release items are still very valuable and highly sought after. This image is from the website emovieposters.

The Eagle Spanish Tobacco Card

This is a color card from the 30's depicting Valentino from the film, The Eagle. I am unsure if the card is a tobacco or a chocolate card. Regardless, this is a great variation of a card depicting Valentino. As with most of these cards they are not overly valuable they just need to be added to the collection.