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Auction History Result

4z0167 BATTLE CRY OF PEACE WC 1915 Popini art of Columbia by tiny Statue of Liberty, ultra rare!

Date Sold 7/9/2020
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Unfolded Movie Window Card (WC; measures 14" x 22" [36 x 56 cm]) (Learn More)

The Battle Cry of Peace, the 1915 J. Stuart Blackton & A. Wilfrid North silent World War I (WWI) military fantasy science fiction future melodrama ("A call to arms against war"; "Facts based on Hudson Maxim's 'Defenceless America'"; "Vitagraph blue ribbon feature"; a fascinating and unfortunately forgotten movie; it was based on the thesis that pacifism was rising in the U.S., and that made the country ripe for being taken over by an enemy nation; in this movie, set in the near future, an enemy sends submarines up and down the east and west coasts of America, and they are able to quickly conquer all of America, because it has been made nearly defenseless due to Americans surrendering their arms!) starring Charles Richman, L. Rogers Lytton, James Morrison, Mary Maurice, Louise Beaudet, "and other eminent Vitagraph Stars". Note that in this movie, the enemy forces are ruled by a mysterious entity named "Emanon", which is "No name" backwards, and some top military people had cameos as themselves, including Admiral Dewey and General Leonard Wood (no doubt they were strong supporters of the message of the movie). The only items from this movie we have seen are a window card and a set of four special posters that are close to half-sheet size, but are vertical in orientation, and they include three portraits of the movie's stars, plus a recreation of a 1915 letter from Teddy Roosevelt, in which he talks about the message of the movie, and he also advocates that military service should be "as widespread as the right to vote", and that "freemen do their own fighting and do not hire other people to do their fighting for them"!
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Artist: Popini
Important Added Info: Note that ANY movie paper from this movie is incredibly rare. We have only previously auctioned the group of four special posters described above until we received this window card (which is the window card we mention above)! Also note that this window card was never folded. Often window cards would be folded across the middle, because that would make them 11" x 14", and they could then be sent with standard folded posters. Most collectors put an added value on a window card that has never been folded.

Condition: good to very good. The card has staining in the top center, with creases in that area and a tear in the "GR" at top center. Someone put tape on the back of that area. There are two tiny bits of surface paper loss at bottom center and some faint staining and smudges scattered in all the sky blue areas. There is an area of water staining on the back of the top that shows through to the front in the area directly above the woman's head, extending into the words above that. Other than the tape, the card has had no restoration. It can be displayed as it is, or certainly, restoration can be performed. Either way, the new owner will have a really cool and rare poster to display on their wall!
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