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Auction History Result

5k062 CRIMSON SKULL pressbook '21 colored cowboys Anita Bush & Lawrence Chenault, lost film!

Date Sold 3/23/2017
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Movie Pressbook (pb; measures 14 1/4" x 18 3/4" [36 x 48 cm]; 4 pages) (Learn More)

The Crimson Skull, the 1921 Richard E. Norman silent "all colored cast" black African American mystery cowboy western ("An epic of wild life and smoking revolvers"; "Baffling Western Mystery Photoplay"; "Six Smashing Reels of Big Fights, Thrills and Punch"; "Made in the All-Colored City of Boley, Okla."; "All Colored Cast"; "6 Smashing Reels!") starring Anita Bush ("Little Mother of Colored Drama"), Lawrence Chenault (billed as "the versatile Lawrence Chenault"; "Playing a Triple Role"), Bill Pickett ("World's Champion Wild West Performer"; who only appeared in two films), Steve Reynolds ("the One Legged Marvel"), John Davidson, "and 30 Colored Cowboys". Note that this is a "lost" film which means that no surviving copies are thought to exist.
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Important Added Info: Note that this pressbook was designed to be folded vertically and then horizontally, and then folded twice from there, which then left an address area on one side, so that this pressbook could be mailed to theaters. We have seen examples of this pressbook that have those multiple folds. However, this pressbook has never been folded, which is much nicer if you want to display the cover of it (which is an exact reproduction of the window card, minus the top blank area). Also note that we have provided an image of the front and back covers of this pressbook (if the back cover is not the poster page, we photographed the interior poster page), and of course, the winner of this auction will receive the entire single pressbook we are auctioning (plus any supplements or heralds described above)! Also note that this pressbook is complete and uncut! Given that theater owners purchased pressbooks partly in order to create their newspaper advertising, and quite frequently cut them up for that purpose, it is rare to find a pressbook that IS complete and uncut!

Condition: very good to fine, NO CUTS. The pressbook is complete and uncut and in nice condition! What is especially great is that it was never folded (see most examples of this pressbook were folded several times so that it could be mailed (there is a blank area for mailing it to theaters; see above).
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