Movie Profiles & Premiums Newsletter: Volume 5, Number 7. July 15, 2007

Welcome back to the Profiles & Premiums Newsletter!

First things first, I have some movie auctions running on eBay this week, starting out with a bunch of items ending Monday night and then one special item ending Tuesday night.

Monday night features some of the key cards in the 1955 Kane Film Stars trading card set, beautiful color cards of stars of the period such as John Wayne, Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner. Up next are some of the key actresses featured from Series Two of the 1937 Ardath set of Real Photo Cards -- very sharp cards with incredibly crisp black & white images of stars such as Bonita Granville, Ann Sheridan and Betty Grable. That set is comprised of various beauties of the period such as the above named film stars plus European chorus girls, models from both sides of the Atlantic, stage actresses, dancers, etc. Thus the majority of the set is made up of less famous names, so I've listed the bulk of them in my off-eBay store over at

The last of the Monday night auctions are featured in one of our Photo ID Guides below, which leads me to recall that the cards featured in the other Photo ID Guide have been listed on with those Ardath cards I already mentioned. Links to the auctions and sales are included in the Guides below.

Finally, Tuesday night features a single card which has already been bid up to over $200. It's a 1924 George White's Scandals card, actually more of a gag permit for husbands to break-away and gain entry by, featuring a very young (17 years old, I believe), Louise Brooks. The card has back damage as it had been mounted at one time, though the front still displays nicely and to be quite honest you're not likely to find another one. Check it out here: Louise Brooks card on eBay.

1910's Real Photo Trading Cards

Both of our Photo ID Guides have something in common this month--they're much more Photo than ID Guide. I haven't seen either issue before and neither has any identifying marks. Oh well, they're still pretty cool to look at!

This particular group features some very attractive small real photos measuring appx. 1-11/16" X 2-3/4". Very attractive with a few big names such as both Talmadge sisters, Dorothy Gish, Mae Marsh, and Edna Purviance who is shown here.

... go to the Photo ID Guide for these...
...and go here to view those I have at auction on eBay (ending Monday night, July 16)...

Late 1920's - Early 1930's Actresses
Cards or Inserts from Belgium

Here we go again, what are these? I can't say for sure. Did they come out of a magazine or newspaper, were they issued with candy or tobacco, I don't know. What I can say is that they are 1-7/8" X 2-1/2" with blank backs and printed on more of a heavy paper than a cardboard. They are also almost certainly from Belgium, which is where the dealer lives whom I bought them from. That's Dolores Del Rio up there at the right...

...go here to see all of these Pre-Code era Actress Cards I've acquired...

...and go here if you'd like to purchase any of the Belgian Actresses cards

Jeanette MacDonald
Profile by Susan M. Kelly

Tiny in stature, with a lovely, ethereal voice, Jeanette MacDonald entranced audiences with her beauty and talent, but she directed her own career with a purpose, earning herself the name "Iron Butterfly".

Born Jeanette Anna MacDonald in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 18, 1903, she was the youngest of Daniel and Anne MacDonald's three girls. From an early age, Jeanette displayed a fondness for dancing and especially singing...
Read Susan's entire Jeanette MacDonald piece here ...

Susan M. Kelly is a freelance writer who lives and works in Dunellen, New Jersey.

That's all for now, I really hope you enjoy Susan's entire piece on Jeanette MacDonald over on the main site. Please be sure to have a look at the Photo ID Guides and if you're interested have fun shopping both my eBay auctions and my Movie Collectibles in the other store. And don't miss the Louise Brooks card if you're interested, it may be awhile before another pops up for sale!

Talk to you around the middle of August, stay cool ...

Clifford Aliperti