Welcome back to the Profiles & Premiums Newsletter!
Late again, as I've been fighting one of those terrible summer colds (mostly in the chest, very little in the head), which has sent me to bed much earlier than usual, though kept me up all night tonight after knocking me out for the entire day today (I didn't even do my regular eBay listings!). Hopefully you're feeling better than I am!
Not a lot happening this month. I did update the Kellogg's PEP Photo ID Guide after picking up a few new cards, the link to that's below. Also I premier the magawiki and the next section details that -- if you want to skip anything use the navigation to the left ("In This Issue"), but I'm hoping you're at least a little curious about this stuff! The main morsel in this issue is the new profile, this month by Tammy Stone, who adds Ruth Roland to her Silent Collection.
I played a little too much this month, so I haven't had a chance to pick up the new William Powell & Myrna Loy box set yet. Now I have to decide if I'm going to pick it up for near retail this month, or wait a little and see if Amazon does one of it's big box set sales (sometimes they'll take off 50-60%). It doesn't look like there are many extras of interest to me, and on the bright side I've seen all of these except Evelyn Prentice somewhat recently, though I have since sold the VHS copies I had of the other movies. I would kind of like to give Manhattan Melodrama another viewing as I remember being a little let down by it, but whenever I come across clips I get a little curious to see if I misjudged it. I did somewhat recently pick up Force of Evil starring John Garfield. I had caught it late one night on TCM and wanted to give it another viewing so I picked it up on a whim. Very good movie if you haven't seen it.
More movie stuff added at old-magazines-for-sale.com, highlighted by a quartet of Mid-Week Pictorial issues from 1920-21 which all feature silent starlets on oversized front covers. There are Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish on a New Year's cover, Mae Murray on a Halloween cover, and Mary Miles Minter. Most of these issues also contain at least a page of other movie content as well. Each issue is detailed pretty well in the store. You'll find them right on the home page under the "Latest Additions" heading for another couple of days, or you can just check out the Mid-Week Pictorial aisle of the store.
Okay, like I said, I am a little under the weather and it's just about five a.m. as I type this, so I think we'll move on to the features before I start rambling...enjoy--
It's far from complete, but I've been working on the magawiki pretty steadily now for a couple of months and figured that there are probably enough pages up to officially announce it and point you to it.
The magawiki is a new part of things-and-other-stuff.com that is composed of contents listings from the magazines that I list for sale--while not exclusively aimed at movie collectors, it's intended to serve the same purpose for you as it is for anyone else. For instance, do you collect a specific movie star? Try typing their name into the search box on the magawiki and you'll be rewarded with a list of magazines containing articles, photos, and sometimes even advertising containing that star. Click on the issue, see if the article or ad, etc. interests you and then you have something specific to go shopping for. Maybe I'll even have it for you, but if not there will be a convenient link to eBay right from whichever page you've landed on.
The magawiki is composed of the files I've been creating for myself over the past few years selling magazines. When I list a magazine for sale I like to include as much content as possible about that specific issue--this widens potential customers searches on eBay or on old-magazines-for-sale.com. I started saving these contents listings just to cut down on the time it took me to list titles in the future. As the files grew I figured I might as well share them, throw some ads and affiliate links on the pages and see what happens.
I chose the wiki format for a few reasons. First, it was available free or charge and for instant download through my web host for things-and-other-stuff.com. Second, the more I thought about it, the better the wiki architecture seemed to loan itself to what I had in mind. Third, perhaps in the future I can solicit submissions from others--obviously I can't handle every issue of every magazine! Right now, despite its name, the magawiki can only be edited by me. I may post an application process for future editors, or even open it up just like Wikipedia, but until I get all of my own saved listings on the magawiki I'd rather keep its contributors narrowed down to myself.
I hope you enjoy the magawiki and find it useful, though please remember it's intended as a research tool and is none of the pages are specifically offering any issue for sale--you can try following the links on those pages to see if myself or another seller is offering the issue for sale though.
Updated - Kellogg's PEP Photo ID Guide
I picked up about a dozen Kellogg's PEP Trading Cards from the late 1940's, nine of the different. So I updated the Kellogg's PEP Photo ID Guide on the site with the images of the newly acquired cards (previously it just contained one large image). Most are still available for purchase in my eBay Store. Enjoy--
...and go here if you'd like to purchase any of the Kellogg's PEP cards currently in stock
by Tammy Stone
The Silent Collection
The more silent film star biographies I work on, the more I come to appreciate how many of these screen sirens - featured on these pages - carried the wonderful medium of film through its formative, experimental years and into the Golden Age. Ruth Roland is yet another young beauty and great talent who graced the screen as a starlet of the serials for years before the movies turned to sound and the world's most popular form of storytelling to date was changed forever.
Ruth was born in San Francisco, California on August 26, 1892, making her one of the older actresses among her contemporaries as she hit her stride during the silent era...
Read Tammy's entire Ruth Roland piece here ... Tammy Stone is a freelance writer and journalist based in Toronto. Watch for her regular column on the greats of the Silent Screen in each issue of The Movie Profiles & Premiums Newsletter. Tammy invites you to write her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments on her column.
All done for now. I'll be looking to buy some new movie collectibles between this issue and the next, so if I'm successful we'll see a new Photo ID Guide. If not, I'll probably do some research and tune up an old one.
Next time around will also feature a profile from the Golden Age by Susan M. Kelly, plus any other news and notes which crop up in the meantime.
Be sure to shop my stores at the shopping links on the upper left, always feel free to send offers on eBay items, and if you liked this issue please forward it around to your friends, we could use some new subscribers!