Welcome back to the Profiles & Premiums Newsletter!
We've got a full slate of features this month, but we're going to keep this intro brief. First, if you're wondering, that's early silent star John J. (Jack) Clark staring at you from the top of the page. It should be Warner Oland, who regular contributor Susan M. Kelly covers this month in the third entry of her Great Literary Detectives Series featuring, of course, Charlie Chan. But, believe it or not, after seven or eight years of scanning movie collectibles that I offer for sale, and still having most of the images on my computer, I could not locate one collectible image of Warner Oland! Very strange I thought, but this does not detract from Susan's excellent profile at all. As with many of our profiles, I'm proud to say I think it gathers together the best biography of an actor that you'll find anywhere online.
Now I didn't mean to slight John J. (Jack) Clark, but I'd place long odds on any of you actually recognizing him before I mentioned him! Mr. Clark, who most famously played in 1912's From the Manger to the Cross, alongside his wife, the better remembered Gene Gauntier, is covered in brief here thanks to the contribution of Rob Schmidt, a relation to Mr. Clark's family, who spends some of his spare time researching and collecting John J. Clark. Thanks again to Rob for submitting this brief profile to things-and-other-stuff.com free of charge.
New Sites, Updates, etc. I was just working on the magawiki a little this morning -- we're up to over 1,200 pages now. If you're not familiar with the magawiki, I explain it's uses and reason for being right here.
This one is very raw, and I haven't even linked to it from things-and-other-stuff.com yet, but I'll give it mention here. I'm (very slowly) building a fan site dedicated to one of my favorites, pre-code star Warren William. William is a very under appreciated actor except by pre-code fans and fans of some of the mystery characters he played (Philo Vance, Perry Mason, and The Lone Wolf). I've been buying up copies of anything I can find him in, in or out of print, as well as tracking down all of the info I can online (especially in Newspaper archives as I can afford them). The site is going slowly, I'm trying to make the blog grow quicker than the main site by posting interesting bits of information I unearth and unusual collectibles I come across (full disclosure: the model for the blog is the excellent Louise Brooks Society blog over at pandorasbox.com, the best fan site around that I'm aware of. I wish I could update mine this often.)
Finally, if you've headed over to old-magazines-for-sale.com during the past couple of weeks you've been greeted by a note that it's temporarily closed. There are a couple of reasons for this, the most notable of which to you being that I'm working on attaching a separate Movie Cards & Collectibles Store directly to things-and-other-stuff.com. It's too early to send you over to this one, but I did take a screenshot of one the pages I've been working on in order to give you an idea of the new store's look and feel. You'll find that screenshot here. Hopefully I'll be announcing the opening of that part of the site within a couple of issues!
Sample page of new Movie Cards & Collectibles Store coming to things-and-other-stuff.com very soon!
On to the features:
Photo ID Guide: 1920 Fume Turquino Tobacco Cards
Here are some more tobacco cards from Cuba issued around 1920. There are two different variations, or more likely sets, here--I had to sort through mine a couple of times to properly separate them. The Guide pictures all those that I have had or currently had.
Coming Soon: 1938 Carreras Film Stars Tobacco Cards
...But available for purchase right now!
This delayed me a little this time around -- I really wanted to get a Photo ID Guide up on the site featuring all of the cards in the 1938 Carreras Film Stars set. I just haven't had the time as of yet, though I plan to very soon. For now, I've acquired a higher grade (EX-MT) set which I've broken and am currently offering the singles on eBay. All have Buy it Now prices and can be scooped up right away, a few are also available with minimum bids below the Buy it Now price.
Here are the 1938 Carreras Film Stars Tobacco Cards currently for sale on eBay...
John J. (Jack) Clark by Rob Schmidt
John J. (Jack) Clark was born 23 September 1879 in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, PA. In 1900, at twenty years of age, Jack's occupation was listed as boat builder, probably working for his step-father James Wignall.  In 1910, Jack's occupation was listed as theatrical actor. Jack is listed as living at 1025 E. Palmer Street, Philadelphia, PA in 1900, 1910, and 1920 ...
by Susan M. Kelly
Great Literary Detectives Series III: Charlie Chan
They say Hollywood can make the unbelievable seem real. Never was this more true than when the soft spoken, intelligent son of a Swedish shopkeeper made his mark on the silver screen as Earl Der Biggers' classic Hawaiin/Chinese detective, Charlie Chan. Despite his lack of Asian heritage, Warner Oland became known for portraying a slew of Asian characters and remains a Hollywood icon decades after his untimely death ...
Susan M. Kelly is a freelance writer who lives and works in Dunellen, New Jersey.
That's it for now. Next month will see the return of Tammy Stone and her Silent Collection as well as some new Photo ID Guides, hopefully beginning with those 1938 Carreras Film Stars cards. In the meantime, have a great few weeks!