I had originally tacked all of the following bits on back of the announcement for the new 1929 Godfrey Phillips gallery & guide, but it kept growing. If I'd left it all on the gallery announcement page then only subscribers would see it and I felt the news of the Blackmer house was just one thing too many to keep under any kind of wraps. So here's what's up:
Olympic Playing Cards
I picked up a partial deck of the 1932 P.G. Wenger Olympic Playing Cards and have added the missing image of the Loretta Young/Miriam Hopkins card to that gallery.
Still need a shot of the Joe E. Brown Joker though.
I pocketed the Warren William playing card for my own collection, but I've listed the remaining nine P.G. Wenger playing cards picturing film stars on eBay HERE.
I'm not kidding when I say nobody breaks this set--if they did I'd have grabbed my Warren William card a long time ago--so the blessing in disguise for the incomplete deck that I ran into is that I had no qualms at all about making singles available.
Those auctions end next Friday night.
Free US Shipping
Ecwid, the ecommerce provider I use to power the Immortal Ephemera Store recently made major upgrades on their shipping module. That kind of back-end stuff would surely bore you to tears, but I've put one of the new features into effect on the front end that I expect will prove popular:
All Immortal Ephemera Store orders over $25 shipping to the US will now ship FREE.
No need for coupons. The free shipping option reveals itself at checkout once you fill up your cart with cards and collectibles totaling over $25.
Some time ago a customer contacted me with a story about the home belonging to husband and wife Golden Age actors Suzanne Kaaren and Sidney Blackmer. I responded with a Suzanne Kaaren biography.
I bumped into that same customer again and he sent along the latest news stories on the Blackmer home. The good news is in the headline on this one: Historic Salisbury Foundation will buy Blackmer House. Meanwhile, this follow up article previews the Blackmer garage sale and even includes a two minute video showing some folks picking through the goods.
By the way, if you're reading this over morning coffee and anywhere near Salisbury, NC that garage sale runs through today, June 30. You know what to look for!
I hope to have my July TCM preview and tally posted for you by Sunday morning. I've already taken a look at July's Star of the Month Leslie Howard, but I want to dig a little deeper into my TCM Now Playing Guide for you to point you to the movies I consider can't miss.
Also Coming Soon
I'm working on a biographical piece for another silent star, Marguerite Courtot. The article might even be a two-for-one as Courtot married another star, Raymond McKee, and there doesn't appear to much to read about them anywhere.
I've exhausted NewsPaperArchive.com and am currently digging deeper into some other period sources, but my hope is that you'll see the new biography by Monday. I've definitely found enough info to do something worthwhile.
A bit of Courtot-McKee trivia to hold you over til Monday: Not many movies survive with either of these two primarily 1910's-20's film stars, but two that do are the only two they appear in together! And both were made before they were married.
1918's The Unbeliever can be found on Disc 4 of Edison - The Invention of the Movies: 1891-1918 and the same company, Kino Video, carries Down to the Sea in Ships (1922), one of Courtot's final films.
(PS: Those links do include my Amazon affiliate code, thanks for shopping through them!)
Courtot and McKee may be top billed in Down to the Sea in Ships, and it is the most likely place for you to have run into them. But the whaling epic is famous because of their co-star, teenage Clara Bow in only her second film appearance.
More on Courtot and McKee soon!
Have a great weekend!