Used Book Review: The Story of Cigarette Cards by Martin Murray

The Story of Cigarette Cards by Martin Murray

It’s an intimidating purchase because it’s only 126 pages and you know it’s going to be packed with photos. And it is. The photos are quite helpful in a book of this type, but the worry at the time of purchase is that you’re buying a picture book without any real helpful info inside. That […]

Interpreting and Understanding Edward G. Robinson on Collecting

Edward G Robinson and Gladys Lloyd

I just finished reading Edward G. Robinson’s autobiography, All My Yesterdays, edited and completed by Robinson’s friend Leonard Spigelgass in 1973, the year of Robinson’s death. I won’t talk much about the book as a whole right now, though I may offer a compare and contrast after I finish Little Caesar, the 2004 Robinson biography […]

No More Freebies – Hollywood Stars Forced to Charge Fans for Photos Beginning 1929

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It’s no secret one of my favorite old Hollywood collectibles are the (usually) 5×7 Fan Photos of the classic movie stars, mostly produced during the 1920s and 30s. These old black and white photos were mass produced yet featured high quality black and white images of the stars on heavy photo stock with facsimile signatures […]