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Auction History Result

4z0175 COUNT WC 1916 Charlie Chaplin as The Tramp seducing Edna Purviance, ultra rare!

Date Sold 7/9/2020
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Paperbacked Movie Window Card (WC; measures 13 1/4" x 20 1/4" [34 x 51 cm]) (Learn More)

The Count, the 1916 Charlie Chaplin silent slapstick romantic comedy short (The Tramp gets a job working for a count, but then he irons his trousers and burns them and is fired; he finds an invitation to a party for the count, and he goes to the party and impersonates the count, but then the real count shows up) starring Charlie Chaplin (Charles Chaplin), Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin, Henry Bergman, and Leo White (in the title role as Count Broko)
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Important Added Info: Note that we have only previously auctioned a single first release lobby card from this movie, and NO other first release movie paper of any kind until we received this window card! Also note that this window card measures 13 1/4" x 20 1/4", but it has not been trimmed. Also note that this poster has been paperbacked. What is paperbacking? This means the poster was backed onto a paper backing (acid-free), that is similar in feel to that of the original poster (except somewhat 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: good to very good. Prior to paperbacking, the poster was quite fragile, and it had paper loss in the top left corner, extending into the top of the "M" and into the top left of the "U". It had paper loss in the top right corner, extending into the top of the "S". It had paper loss in the bottom left corner, extending solely into the blue background. It had paper loss in the bottom right corner, extending into much of the final "S", and extending 3" into the left of the bottom blank border. It had paper loss in the lower right border, very slightly extending into the edge of the shoe. It had a few tiny bits of paper loss in the rest of the borders, but only blank white paper. It had a slightly uneven crease running across the card, going through the dress and through Chaplin's hand, and through his neck, into the right border. It had an uneven tear in the lower right of the image, going through both of Chaplin's legs, but missing his shoes. Overall, the poster was in fair to good condition prior to paperbacking. Since most of the paper loss was solely in blank areas or affecting a single letter, a very talented restorer was able to paperback the card and perform expert restoration, and the card now displays really well, but you can see slight signs of the restoration it has had, although few people, if any, would realize that each corner had the restoration it had. Since most of the restoration is not in the image or text, I would think almost any collector would be thrilled to have this ultra rare and great card displayed on their wall, but please read the above carefully to realize the exact restoration the card has had.
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