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4z0179 GOLD RUSH WC 1925 great art of Charlie Chaplin freezing in the snow by his claim, ultra rare!

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

The Gold Rush, the classic 1925 Charles Chaplin Alaska Yukon rags-to-riches slapstick silent comedy ("A Dramatic Comedy"; "Written and Directed [and scored] by Charlie Chaplin") starring Charlie Chaplin (Charles Chaplin), Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Georgia Hale, and Henry Bergman. Note that this was the movie with the classic sequence of the snowbound Chaplin eating his shoe! Also note that the movie was filmed "on location", but only for a small part of the movie did they go to the High Sierras. For the close scenes, Chaplin had artificial mountains created out of chicken wire and burlap covering 200 tons of plaster, 285 tons of salt, and 100 barrels of flour, and the artificial ice and snow was made of the same materials. 4 carloads of "cornfetti" were used for the blizzard scenes. They also transported much of the same material to the Sierra mountains to enhance the scenes shot there. The entire production took over a year, from first filming to final cut!
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Important Added Info: Note that we have only auctioned two examples of this window card in the last 25 years, and the last one sold for $13,223! Also note that this poster has been paperbacked. What is paperbacking? This means the poster was backed onto a heavy paper backing (acid-free), that is similar in feel to that of the original poster (except heavier). It is a similar process to linenbacking, except that most collectors use linenbacking for one-sheets and paperbacking for half-sheets, inserts, window cards, and lobby cards.

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. Prior to paperbacking, the window card had some pinholes and tiny paper loss around the edges, with two pinholes in the top right background area and one in the middle right background area. It had a 1 1/2" tear in the right of the bottom border, entering the bottom of the "H", with tiny paper loss in the bottom of the right quote mark to the right of the "H". It had a few smudges and scuffs scattered in the image. Overall, the window card was in good to very good condition prior to paperbacking. This wonderful and historic window card was paperbacked by a very talented restorer. The above defects (which are fairly minor) were expertly repaired, and the poster will display wonderfully on the new owner's wall!
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