15 April 2019

17 finds at the VerzamelaarsJaarbeurs

Maybe you wondered what we found last Saturday at the VerzamelaarsJaarbeurs, the International Collectors Fair in Utrecht, the Netherlands? And yes, we found some rare or interesting film star postcards, which we like to share with you at EFSP. Today a post with 17 of my finds. I was looking for postcards of the late silent period and for 'modern' postcards of stars and films, made since the 1970s.

Walter Slezak in Ledige Mütter (1928)
German postcard by Ross Verlag, Berlin, no. 3346/1, 1928-1929. Photo: Orplid / Messtro Film. Walter Slezak in Ledige Mütter/Unwed Mothers (Fred Sauer, 1928). Slezak is one of my postcard favourites, and this one I had not seen till now.

Arnold Rieck
German postcard in the Film Sterne series by Rotophot., no. 185/3. Photo: Nicola Perscheid, Berlin / Messter-Film, Berlin. German comedian Arnold Rieck was a forerunner of the stand-up comedians of today. In 1906, he was one of the first stage actors who performed in films. I like the expression of his face.

Norman Kerry and Betty Compson in Love Me and the World Is Mine (1927)
Austrian postcard by Iris Verlag, no. 988. Photo: Universal Pictures Corporations. Norman Kerry and Betty Compson in Love Me and the World Is Mine (Ewald André Dupont, 1927). Dupont had a great career in the Weimar cinema. With Lubitsch, Lang and Murnau, he was one of the maestros of the German silent cinema. His Hollywood career was far less spectacular than the careers of his colleagues, but this postcard made me curious after this unknown American film he made in 1927.

Mary Philbin
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 554/3, 1919-1924. Photo: Roman Freulich / Unfilman. Mary Philbin of The Phantom of the Opera (Rupert Julian, 1925) and The Man Who Laughs (Paul Leni, 1928), photographed by Universal's master photographer Roman Freulich in a wonderful outfit. Love it.

Colleen Moore and Gary Cooper in Lilac Time (1928)
French postcard by Cinémagazine-Edition, no. 34. Photo: First National. Colleen Moore and Gary Cooper in Lilac Time (George Fitzmaurice, 1928). Who is more attractive, she of he? I am always happy to find a Cinémagazine postcard I did not know yet.

Marjorie Rambeau
Belgian postcard by P.I.A. Belga Phot., Bruxelles, no. 40. Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I found some interesting Belgian postcards by a publisher called P.I.A. with pictures of MGM stars. They were probably published around 1930. So this card of American actress Marjorie Rambeau was probably made for her role as Marie Dressler's alcoholic waterfront rival in Min and Bill (George W. Hill, 1930).

Charles Bickford
Belgian postcard by P.I.A. Belga Phot., Bruxelles, no. 60. Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Another one of the P.I.A. series of American character actor Charles Bickford, who suddenly became an MGM star. Again a great photo.

George Sidney and Charlie Murray in The Cohens and the Kellys in Africa (1930)
Belgian postcard by P.I.A. Belga phot., Bruxelles, no. 89. Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. George Sidney and Charlie Murray in The Cohens and the Kellys in Africa (Vin Moore, 1930). The third in the P.I.A. series. A curiosity. I had never heard of this comedy duo before. Deservedly forgotten?

George Bancroft
Belgian postcard. Photo: Paramount. Another postcard from Belgium. An endearing picture of burly, beefy and tall George Bancroft who usually played ill-tempered tough guys. He was Thunderbolt Jim Lang in Josef von Sternberg's gangster film Thunderbolt (1929), and Marshal Curly Wilcox in John Ford's Western Stagecoach (1939).

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Dutch postcard by City Theater. Sent by mail in 1934. Photo: Warner Bros. Publicity still for Golddiggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy, 1933). Busby Berkeley was mad about girls and we still enjoy the results. The colour of the card seems to be golden too. Typical for Dutch postcards of the 1930s is the ugly censorship stamp, here in the right corner above.

Maria Casarès
French postcard by A.N., Paris, no. 1271. Photo: Roger Carlet. A simple but beautiful portrait of Maria Casarès of Les Enfants du paradis/Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné, 1945), one of the great classics of French cinema.

Rosemary Clooney with the Hi-Lo's
Dutch promotion card by Philips, no. GF 025 66/08. American singer and actress Rosemary Clooney with the Hi-Lo's. 'Come On A My House' and 'Botch-a-Me'? Yes, anytime!

Noël Roquevert
French postcard by Editions P.I., Paris. Photo: Studio Carlet Ainé. I love to collect postcards of character actors such as Noël Roquevert. He specialised in portraying old and grumpy officers and gendarmes. Cards with him are quite rare.

William Holden in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Dutch postcard by Uitg. Takken, Utrecht, no. 3805. Photo: Columbia. William Holden in The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean, 1957). The publishing company Takken in Utrecht produced many interesting cards of classic films of the 1950s and early 1960s. I am so happy that I found this one of the David Lean epic.

Antonio Banderas
Spanish postcard by Colección 'Estrellas de actualidad' Cacitel, S.L., no. 109, 1990. Spanish heartthrob Antonio Banderas before he became a Hollywood star.

Johnny Depp in Ed Wood (1994)
French postcard by Editions Mercuri, no. 1624. Lobby card of Johnny Depp in Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994). Fine film, wonderful actor, great director (Burton I mean, not Wood).

Carice van Houten in De gelukkige huisvrouw (2010)
Dutch postcard. Photo: Carice van Houten in De gelukkige huisvrouw/The Happy Housewife (Antoinette Beumer, 2010). It's quite difficult to find postcards of Dutch actress Carice van Houten. This is my first. Yeah! Her late father Theodore used to be a colleague of us. He was so proud of Carice and of her sister Jelka.

Ivo promised to share a selection of his finds next Monday.

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