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Cool Item Of the Week: The Seekers English pressbook

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Added: 10/26/2015

As many of you know, I, Bruce Hershenson, owner of eMoviePoster.com, have collected pressbooks (and related movie paper like studio yearbooks) for over 30 years, and I have the world's foremost collection of such material. I thought I would share one item with you each week, the type of items you almost surely have never seen before, and which might not come up for sale for DECADES!

So below is the pressbook from The Seekers (released in the U.S. in 1955 as "Land of Fury"), the 1954 Ken Annakin English tropical island jungle native tribe adventure melodrama ("They found the most exotic wilderness that man has ever known!"; "Actually filmed in New Zealand! All the strange customs of a forgotten people"; "Actually filmed in New Zealand all the weird rites and strange customs of a forgotten people"; "The Ancient Kingdom of the Maori, where human skulls were wealth and savage pagan rituals filled the jungle night with ecstasy and terror!"; about white men colonizing New Zealand and taking it away from the native Maoris in the early 1800s) starring Jack Hawkins, Glynis Johns, Noel Purcell, Laya Raki (billed as "introducing Laya Raki"), and Inia Te Wiata

Here is an image of the pressbook's covers and an image of the included "liftbill" poster (note that many English pressbooks from this time would have an actual liftbill poster [17 1/4" x 22 1/4"] stapled into the centerfold, or sometimes left loose in the center of the pressbook). Often, dealers remove these from the pressbook and sell them separately as liftbills, because they often sell for more by themselves than they do when they are still part of the pressbook.):

   

Each week I will showcase a different pressbook (or related item) from my collection (so in just 20,000 weeks or so, I will have shared the entire collection with you!). And remember to check out our previous Cool Items of the Week in our Cool Item of the Week archive (which is fully searchable!).


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