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Auction History Result

9m0516 EASY STREET linen 1sh 1917 great art of Charlie Chaplin as Tramp w/baby, only known example!

Date Sold 8/8/2021
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Style G One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

Easy Street, the 1917 Charlie Chaplin silent romantic slapstick comedy short (the Tramp goes into a church and steals the collection box, but when he sees a beautiful girl, he puts it back, and becomes a policeman, and is assigned to a really tough street known euphemistically as "Easy Street", and he cleans it up and wins the girl) starring Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell (as The Bully), Albert Austin, and Lloyd Bacon. Note that the phrase "on Easy Street" (referring to "having it made") is an expression everyone "knows", but its origins are somewhat murky. Some sources say it came about in the early 1700s (with no citation), but while all sources agree it became popular around 1900 to 1905, most disagree as to where it originated from at time! Charlie Chaplin grew up near a street named "East Street", and it was in a rough neighborhood, and that may have served as the inspirations for this film's "Easy Street" (and of course Chaplin used the term ironically, for the street was anything but "easy" to live on). In today's world, with so many billionaires, there are lots and lots of people who have truly arrived on "Easy Street"!
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Important Added Info: Note that ANY movie paper from this movie is incredibly rare. We have only previously auctioned a window card (25 years ago) and two stills from this movie (and NO other U.S. first release movie paper of any kind) until we received this one-sheet, which not only is the only one-sheet we have ever auctioned (or are aware of anywhere), but is also one of very few first release one-sheets from ANY of the Mutual Chaplin movies! We hope that the person who purchases this almost surely unique poster displays it in a public place or a museum!

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster had darkened somewhat, typical of the few surviving Mutual posters from this period. It had a thin strip of paper loss in the middle fold running from the baby's sleeve to the middle crossfold. It had some tiny areas of paper loss in the corresponding area in the bottom fold, with a few to the right of the bottom crossfold, in Chaplin's hand. It had just a few tiny bits of paper loss in the rest of the folds and a few pinholes in the borders, with paper loss in the lower right blank border. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was expertly backed, and will display incredibly on the new owner's wall (and we hope that is in some kind of museum or public gathering place, so lots of people can appreciate this incredibly rare poster!
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