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4z050 RAYMOND GRIFFITH 22x28 personality poster '20s head & shoulders portrait, facsimile signature

Date Sold 2/18/2016
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An Original Undated (from the mid 1920s) Vintage Theatrical Unfolded Personality Poster (measures 22" x 28" [56 x 71 cm]) (Learn More)

Raymond Griffith was an actor from the 1910s to the 1930s. He was born into an acting family, and he was a baby and child actor on the stage, playing the lead at the age of 7 in "Little Lord Fauntleroy". He got sick and lost most of his voice as a young boy, but fortunately, that was not so bad in silent movies! He started in movies in 1915, working for Mack Sennett, doing some acting and also writing gags. He alternated between acting and screenwriting for many years. The coming of sound ended his career, due to his severe speaking limitations, though he made a notable cameo in "All Quiet on the Western Front" in 1930. He continued to work in movies behind the scenes, and passed away in 1957 at the age of 62.
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Important Added Info: Personality posters were created in the 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, and early 1940s. All of the major studios created sets of these that usually measured exactly 22" x 28". Most often they were taller than they were wide, but occasionally they would be horizontal. It is interesting to note that the image on these posters is often very close to actual life-size! While at least several hundred different special personality posters were made between the 1910s and early 1940s, few are known to have survived, as few theaters ordered them, and fewer still saved them! There were two sets of personality posters created by Paramount Pictures. One was made in the mid 1920s (on regular "half-sheet-like" paper), and the other was made in the early 1930s (on a linen-like paper), and they continued making them for several years in the mid 1930s. Posters from either of these sets are far more rare than those from MGM (perhaps because they made less of them than MGM did). Note that this poster is very old, and it would not make sense to attempt to roll it, as the paper is fragile enough that rolling it would likely damage it. Therefore we intend to send it in a very large flat package. Please bear that extra shipping cost in mind BEFORE placing a bid on this poster! Note that while this poster is fragile, it is not very fragile! It does need to be handled carefully, but it can absolutely be framed and enjoyed without any worry, or certainly, restoration could be performed.

Note that this item needs to be shipped in an oversized flat package. If it is a size that might ordinarily be rolled in a tube (like a half-sheet), the reason it is in this auction is specifically because we feel it either CAN'T be rolled or because we feel it would be a mistake to roll it, because it might well damage the item. In the case of the few items that could be rolled, we will roll the item in a tube if the new owner insists, but only if they accept that they can't return the item if it is damaged from being rolled. So please bear in mind that this item must be sent in a LARGE flat package (the size of the package will depend on the size of the item), and bear this added expense in mind before placing a bid on it.

Condition: fair to good. The poster is folded across the middle and has 4" of separation at the end of that fold. It has tears and paper loss around the edges, extending into the facsimile autograph at bottom right, with a long horizontal crease above that area. There are some other tape repairs on the back.
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