Rob Brooks is a long time customer specializing in vintage Mary Pickford items. It wasn't until a few weeks ago that I realized just how large his collection is! The title of this post isn't just to catch your eye, it was a remark made by the President of the Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education in Los Angeles about Rob's collection.
Rob's About Us page is a fascinating biography of a collection begun in 1979, back when a collection was amassed slowly. I love that Rob mentions probably only 5% of the current collection was put together between 1979-1999 with the major bulk coming in the most recent decade following his discovery of eBay! And I don't doubt that much of that 95% was easier to put together than the first 5% ... though certainly not easier on his bank account!
Rob Brooks is always looking to add rare Mary Pickford items to his collection, you can contact him through his site if you have something of interest. 80% of this vast Mary Pickford collection has already been donated to the Toronto International Film Festival and is slated to go on display for six months beginning in January 2011. For now we'll all have to settle for the web, that is unless you're nearby and Rob is still giving tours of his home!
What kind of Mary Pickford items make up this massive collection? Well, if you Explore by Type you'll find categories dedicated to Cigarette & Chocolate Cards, Commercial Images, Family Pictures, Film Ads, Heralds, Lobby Cards, Magazine Covers, Glass Slides, Sheet Music, Window Cards, Movie Posters and more. In other words it is all encompassing.
In case you missed the first link here's entry to The Rob Brooks Mary Pickford Collection. Once you arrive, just click on the door to enter.
The images on this page are from my own archive of Mary Pickford images that have passed through here over the years, undoubtedly a few have landed in Rob's collection. You can shop any of my own currently available vintage Mary Pickford cards in collectibles in this special Mary Pickford aisle of the Immortal Ephemera Store.