Welcome back to the Profiles & Premiums Newsletter!
Well, I've been much more busy on the backend than usual this past month, so no new Photo ID Guides, but lots of notes for you. Susan M. Kelly does return this issue with not only a new profile, but a profile which is the start of a series she had suggested to me: Great Literary Detectives. And while that is Basil Rathbone at the top of this issue, that's not who Susan chose to cover--I just didn't have any Margaret Rutherford images! I got excited reading this one, it's some of Susan's best work to date, and so with a series we'll have more of these to look forward too.
Okay, the notes. First, if you've had a look at the Home Page within the past few days you'll notice a brand new header (and if you made it to the bottom of the page a new footer too).
I've always wanted to make more available from the home page, but I really didn't feel like I could since it's already a bit overwhelming (and that too shall soon change!). I'd been noticing these drop down menus on more and more of the big sites I'd visit, and I really liked them. Both Amazon.com and eBay have recently incorporated menus like this themselves.
I had to have one!
So there it is. Now you'll be able to access any profile you want directly from any page you see the new menu. Right now that's just the home page and the page our newest profile is on, but I'll be adding it to more, eventually all, pages as soon as possible.
I hope it works all right for you, it's pretty heavily loaded with links, but I've only noticed a very slight delay in the page loading (like maybe 2 seconds) on three different computers that I've tested it on.
Feel free to write me and let me know if it doesn't work. Or write to let me know you hate it, or, hopefully, love it! Thanks!
Note #2, the entire CollectingOldMagazines.com site has been moved under the things-and-other-stuff.com banner. You'll find the home page at magazines.things-and-other-stuff.com. While I have moved all of the contents over, some of it may read a little confusing because I haven't had a chance to edit the text throughout (thus references to the defunct newsletter, dead blog, etc., though all links to such items have been removed).
Why am I telling you about my magazine collecting site? Well, there are a few pages which would be of interest to the vintage movie collector or fan and they can be found here:
Photoplay Magazine Checklist (This is the most popular page on the site, actually)
Those were all written by me (so you know where to send complaints, corrections, etc.). Besides those obvious pages you might like some of the other pages on the site too, because when I put it together and wrote the articles they tended to focus on my personal interests such as movies and sports.
If you're still here and liked the last part I also want to make further mention of my newest project, the magawiki, which already has over 500 pages and is well-worth searching for magazine mentions of your favorite movie stars. I wrote a page for the magawiki titled What Is This? if you're looking for a more detailed explanation of what the magawiki is all about.
Back to the new menu, you'll find it on all of the pages of the magazine portion of the site (I tested it there first), but I've yet to figure out how to incorporate it into the magawiki or the blog. But I will. On pages where the new menu appears you'll be able to seamlessly navigate between all of the different parts of things-and-other-stuff.com (movies, magazines, magawiki, blog, plus my stores).
That's that. eBay has been terribly slow, actually the past week was the first time in about 11 months where I've had to scramble a little to pay the bills, but the past few nights seem to indicate this is just a little temporary slowdown. I'm probably going to spread my wings a little in the coming months and see how my older magazines do on both Amazon.com and Abebooks.com, but neither is really a valid spot to list my movie cards and collectibles. Those will continue to be on both eBay and especially in my other store, old-magazines-for-sale.com.
by Susan M. Kelly
Great Literary Detectives Serives - I
With a sturdy frame and a stony face, Dame Margaret Rutherford wasn't exactly what Agatha Christie had in mind when she created the wily British spinster Miss Jane Marple. But with the same dogged determination that she approached the rest of her career, Margaret Rutherford was able to put her own unique stamp on the role, and win over Miss Marple's creator in the process.
Born in the London suburb of Balham, Margaret Rutherford was introduced to the harsh realities of the world at a very early age. Her father, William Benn, murdered her grandfather just before she was born and was admitted to the famed Broadmoor mental institution, where ...
Read Susan's entire Margaret Rutherford piece here ...
Susan M. Kelly is a freelance writer who lives and works in Dunellen, New Jersey.
That's all I have for now, hope you enjoyed it. I'll be looking forward to Susan's next installment in the Detective series as much as you, but in the meantime, Tammy Stone will take us a little further back in time next month with her newest entry into The Silent Collection, which I'll also be looking forward to seeing. If you hadn't seen them in their old home I hope you enjoy the Movie Magazine articles that I mentioned above, and I really do hope you give the magawiki a try too. I'll talk to you in October, got to go get my jacket out.