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8s029 ALICE BRADY personality poster 1910s great portrait of the pretty Select Pictures actress!

Date Sold 8/19/2018
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Unfolded Personality Poster (measures 22" x 28" [56 x 71 cm]) (Learn More)

Alice Brady was an actress from the 1910s to the 1930s. She started acting in 1914 at the age of 22, and was a successful silent actress (a star with first Select Pictures, and then switching to Realart Pictures in 1920), and she was one of the very few to successfully make the transition to sound, playing character roles in the 1930s. But very sadly, she developed cancer in 1939 and passed away, and she was just 46. Some of her movies include: My Man Godfrey (nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for this film), In Old Chicago (winner of the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for this film), and Young Mr. Lincoln. Note that Miss Brady is the subject of one of the most unusual pieces of Oscar trivia ever, but the Motion Picture Academy reasonably downplays it (because it is embarrassing), so few have heard of it. She won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the 1938 ceremony, but she was unable to attend due to a broken ankle. When they announced her award, a man stood up and "accepted it for her", and later, she called the Academy and asked what they had done with her Oscar, and it turned out the man was an impostor, and had hijacked her Oscar! Back then, they had no procedure for replacing Oscars, and she passed away in 1939 at the age of 46, never receiving it. What a sad story!
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Important Added Info: Note that starting in the very early 1910s (around 1912, when studios realized that people were more likely to go to a movie if it had a star they liked in it), studios created sets of special "personality" posters, which theaters that showed their movies could hang in their lobbies. These had a big advantage over posters for specific movies, because they could be used whenever a movie with that star was shown, which meant they could be used over and over! Because studios realized this, they made these posters on a high quality paper stock, sometimes with a "linen" texture, and sometimes with elaborate border designs, and almost always with great quality color printing. They almost always measured exactly 22" x 28", the same as "half-sheets" (which were then known as "displays", except that they were taller than they were wide, and that the images almost always had a "full bleed", meaning that there were no blank borders. They almost always showed a head and shoulders image of the star, and the image on these posters is often very close to actual life-size! They almost always have the name of the star and the studio they worked for at the bottom. Even though there were many sets of these from many studios over a period of approximately 30 years (they were rarely made after the early 1940s), very few survive, likely partially due to World War II paper drives, and partially due to the fact that they were never folded and the paper they were made of sometimes aged poorly. We at eMoviePoster.com were just consigned a very special collection of 99 of these "personality" posters, which we are auctioning in separate auctions. They were collected starting in the mid 1980s, and the collector who assembled this collection tried to "upgrade" condition whenever possible over the years, so many of them are in excellent condition (sometimes likely the best surviving example), and on the ones where they are in lesser condition, it is because the collector never could find one in better condition! Now he has consigned them to us, and they will find new owners. If they were kept together, they would surely make an incredible display for the walls of any place where lots of people gather, like a museum, a restaurant, or any similar place. Of course, it is more likely that these will find many, many separate new homes, but we hope that they end up publicly displayed wherever they end up!

Note that Select Pictures was a small Hollywood studio that was formed in 1917 when Adolph Zukor bought 50% of Lewis J. Selznick's production company and the name was changed to Select Pictures. They only produced movies for three years, but they had hopes of becoming a top Hollywood studio, and they created one set of personality posters to promote their stars (it did not help the studio, because in 1920, Zukor sold his 50% back to Selznick, who soon went bankrupt). These posters are extremely rare as it is likely few theaters ordered them, and fewer still saved them, and in addition, they could be easily torn, and if they were not stored carefully, they would become fragile, and it is likely many were damaged and discarded for that reason! Note that the high quality paper stock these posters were printed on does not always age very well, and can become fragile (usually resulting in chips around the edges of the poster). Because of their fragile nature and their age, we intend to send all of these personality posters in large flat packages, and never roll them into tubes (unless the buyer insists)! PLEASE DO NOT BID ON THIS POSTER, UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO PAY THE COST OF SHIPPING IT IN A LARGE FLAT PACKAGE!

Condition: good to very good. There are four small areas of paper loss in the blank borders and some slight smudges around the edges. Otherwise, it is in nice condition.
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