Lot 216. 1889 A26 W. Duke, Sons & Co. “Costumes of All Nations” Album. Capitalizing on the success of its previous albums and advances in lithography, Duke combined the images from the cards in its N70 and N71 Actors and Actresses series to produce this 22-page (plus covers) album. All 100 cards are reproduced. In addition, half-page and full-page portraits of actresses have been added, including some not in the set. Among the actresses who receive full pages are Lillie Lantgry, Lillian Russell and Mary Anderson. The cloth along the spine is slightly loose at the top and bottom on the front cover, which is vg. The back cover has a chip in the upper left corner and a heavy crease in the lower left. The pages are vg-ex, generally free of creases and showing corner wear.
Winning Bid $75
Lot 217. 6 Rare 1920s Aicardi (I-Car-De) Mayonnaise Films Stars Cards – Gish, Keaton, Etc. All different, these 2 3/16” x 3 3/8” green-tone cards are from a set of 14, plus two variations. They were issued by the James A. Aicardi & Sons of Boston. The subjects of these cards are Lillian Gish vg Leatrice Joy vg, Buster Keaton g, Malcolm McGregor vg, Aileen Pringle vg-e and Theodore Roberts vg-e. In her first two years as a movie actress, Gish appeared in more than 25 short films and features. Her work earned her the appellation “First Lady of American Cinema.” She made the transition from silent movies to talkies and then made numerous TV appearances from the 1950s-80s. Pringle’s movie career spanned 1920-44. Roberts appeared in early Cecil B. DeMille movies.
Winning Bid $50
Lot 218. 1928 Wills “Cinema Stars” First and Second Series – Mix, Lloyd, Gish, Hoppy, Shearer, Etc. Each series contains 25 cards with portraits of the actors and actresses on the front and biographical and career information on the back. Stars of the First Series include Tom Mix ex-m+, Constance Talmadge, Victor McLaglen, Harold Lloyd, Lillian Gish ex-m, John Gilbert, Richard Dix, Marion Davies, Syd Chaplin (Charlie’s half-brother) ex+, Clive Brook, Renee Adoree and William Boyd. Among the stars of the Second Series are Mary Astor ex, Clara Bow ex, Betty Bronson (Peter Pan in the 1924 film), Adolphe Menjou, Lois Moran, Norma Shearer and Norma Talmadge. These sets average ex+.
Winning Bid $68
Lot 219. 1932 E.A.N. Co. National Screen Star Stamp Partial Set – 252 of 378. This obscure set apparently comprises 21 sheets of 18 stamps each. Fourteen sheets containing two-thirds of the set are present in this collection. With one exception, each sheet presents color portraits of actors and actresses from a single movie studio. All poses are different. The exception has 15 artists from one studio and three from others. Except as noted, these sheets, which have six stamps across and three down, remain as they were produced. Generally, individual stamps are ex to nm-m. These stamp sheets were folded vertically along the center perforation and placed in glassine envelopes produced for the collection. Many have separated along the vertical fold, yielding two sheets of nine stamps each. The fold in the sheets that remain intact typically is fragile. Below, we have listed the actor in the upper left corner of each sheet and some of the other performers on it. We also have specified whether the sheet is intact and whether any stamps are damaged. A few were damaged when dampness caused them to become glued to another stamp. Because the center folds of the intact sheets are so fragile, they are sold as is. Here are the details: ROBERT MONTGOMERY (MGM) – Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Myrna Loy, Helen Hayes. Intact sheet, printing registration somewhat off. ROBERT YOUNG (MGM) – Lionel Barrymore, Clark Gable, Norma Shearer, Jimmy Durante, Helen Hayes, Buster Keaton, Robert Young, Jackie Cooper, John Barrymore. Intact sheet. WALLACE FORD (MGM) – Maureen O’Sullivan, Greta Garbo, Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Joan Marsh, John Barrymore. Two 9-stamp sheets. ROBT. ARMSTRONG (RKO) – Laurence Olivier, Tom Keene, Joel McCrea, William Boyd, Richard Dix. Two 9-stamp sheets. Armstrong, McCrea and Edna May Oliver are damaged. VIOLET HEMING (Fox) – Joan Bennett, Will Rogers. Two 9-stamp sheets with damage to Greta Nissen and partial separation at one perforation. RALPH BELLAMY (Fox) – Ralph Morgan, Nora Lane, Warner Baxter, Janet Gaynor, Spencer Tracy. Two 9-stamp sheets. ALEXANDER KIRKLAND (Fox) – Ralph Bellamy, James Dunn, Will Rogers, Warner Baxter. Two 9-stamp sheets with Edmund Lowe damaged. ALAN DINEHART (Fox) – Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Janet Gaynor. Intact sheet centered so that the studio does not show on almost all stamps. CAROLE LOMBARD (Paramount) – Tallulah Bankhead, Marlene Dietrich, Claudette Colbert, Maurice Chevalier, Chico Marx, Jeannette MacDonald, Zeppo Marx, Gary Cooper, George Raft, Sylvia Sidney. Broken into two strips of six and two strips of three. JACK OAKIE (Paramount) – Charlie Ruggles, Carey Grant, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Frederic March, Carole Lombard, Tallulah Bankhead, Marlene Dietrich. Two 9-stamp sheets, centering off so that the studio does not show on most stamps. LUCILE BROWNE (Universal) – Tom Mix, June Clyde, Boris Karloff, Lew Ayers. Two halves barely attached, James Flavin damaged. DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR. (First National) – Loretta Young, William Powell, George Arliss, Joe E. Brown, Edward G. Robinson, Constance Bennett. Intact sheet, center perforation halfway torn. MARY PICKFORD (All but three United Artists) – Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel, Douglas Fairbanks, Eddie Cantor, Gloria Swanson, Irene Dunn. Intact sheet, centering slightly off so that the studio does not show on the top row. LOWELL SHERMAN (RKO) – Richard Dix, Irene Dunn, William Boyd, Ann Harding, Helen Twelvetrees. Intact sheet, Sherman damaged. THIS IS THE MOST COMPLETE COLLECTION OF THESE STAMPS WE HAVE SEEN.
Winning Bid $100
Lot 220. 60 Dixie Lids Featuring Movie Stars, Including Cowboys, 1933-37. Fifty-six lids, excluding backs, are different, and they average vg-ex. All are 2 ¼” in diameter. Lids without a tab are designated with an asterisk (*). 1933: John Barrymore vg, Lionel Barrymore vg, Jackie Cooper* (M.G.M) g, Joan Crawford (Dancing Lady) vg, Marie Dressler* (Tugboat Annie) vg, Jimmy Durante (Meet the Baron) vg, Madge Evans (Day of Reckoning), Clark Gable (2 different, Hold Your Man and The Dancing Lady), Greta Garbo* (Grand Hotel), William Haines (M.G.M.), Jean Harlow* (Hold Your Man), Helen Hayes (2 different, The White Sister* and Another Language), Phillips Holmes* (Storm at Daybreak), Walter Huston* (Storm at Daybreak), Robert Montgomery (2, When Ladies Meet), Dickie Moore*, Conrad Nagel (2), Ramon Novarro* (2, The Barbarian), Maureen O’Sullivan (Tugboat Annie), Norma Shearer (M.G.M) and Lewis Stone (Looking Forward). 1934: Crawford (No More Ladies). 1935: Baby Leroy, Claudet Colbert (Gilded Lilly, profile), Gary Cooper (13 Hours by Air), Harlow (Reckless), Myrna Loy (M.G.M.), Ken Maynard (In Old Sante Fe), Shearer (M.G.M.), Franchot Tone (Reckless) and Loretta Young (The Call of the Wild). 1936: Jack Benny (Jell-O Radio Program) g, Buster Crabbe (Flash Gordon) ex, Dick Powell (Hearts Divided) vg, Barbara Stanwyck (The Plough and the Star) vg, Bob Steele (No Man’s Range) vg, Tom Tyler vg and Fred Waring vg. 1937:Gene Autry (2, Git Along Little Dogies) ex, Freddie Bartholomew ex, William Boyd (2) vg, Johnny Mack Brown ex, Madeline Carroll vg, Georgia Coleman (Olympic and Diving Champion) vg, Nelson Eddy g, Harlow vg, Fred MacMurray ex, Merle Oberon ex, Eleanor Powell ex, William Powell ex, Luise Rainer vg, Charles Starrett ex and Robert Taylor vg.
Winning Bid $125
Lot 221. 17 Different Circa 1934 Schutter-Johnson “I’m Going to Be” Cards. Artwork in these cards depicts individuals in various vocations. The backs provide a brief description of each job. Essentially, the set is complete at 24, which means that almost three-fourths of the cards are offered here. Although the cards are numbered to 25, card #4 received extremely limited distribution. The cards here are #2 Wrestler g, 3 g, 5 g, 6 vg, 7 Pirate g-vg, 8 Auto Racer f, 9 Jockey vg-e, 12 vg-e, 13 vg-e, 14 vg, 16 vg, 20 vg-e, 21 Boxer vg, 22 vg, 23 g, 24 vg-e and 25 vg-e. A tough issue.
Winning Bid $92
Lot 222. 1934 Gallaher Cigarettes “Champions of Screen & Stage” Set of 48 Cards. Cards in this tobacco issue have color fronts and biographical backs in red. The set includes Mae West ex+, Greta Garbo nm-m, Bing Crosby nm-m, Joan Crawford nm-m, Katharine Hepburn nm-m, Jean Harlow nm+, Maurice Chevalier nm-m, Tallulah Bankhead nm-m, Norma Shearer nm-m, Myrna Loy nm-m, Carole Lombard nm-m, Douglas Fairbanks ex-m, Clark Gable nm and Marlene Dietrich ex-m. This set is nm overall.
Winning Bid $125
Lot 223. 1935 Gallaher Cigarettes “Famous Film Scenes” Set of 48 Cards. These cards have color scenes from movies on the front and a description of the film on the back. They include W. C. Fields and Freddie Bartholomew in “David Copperfield” nm-m, Laurel and Hardy in “Babes in Toyland” nm-m, Robert Young and Betty Furness in “The Band Played On” nm-m, Joel McCrea and Fay Wray in “The Richest Girl in the World” nm-m, Douglas Fairbanks and Merle Oberon in “The Private Life of Don Juan” ex-m, and Shirley Temple and Gary Cooper in “Now and Forever” nm-m. This set is nm-m overall.
Winning Bid $102
Lot 224. 4 1930s Gallaher Sets (192 Cards) Featuring Movie Stars – Gable, Loy, Tracy, Temple, Etc. The four sets are 1935 “Shots from Famous Films,” 1935 “Film Partners,” 1936 “Film Episodes” and 1939 “My Favourite Part.” These sets have a color scene from a film on the front and text on the back describing the scene. “My Favourite Part” cards have a color portrait on the front. On the back, the actor describes his or her most interesting film role. A facsimile autograph and brief biographical information follow. Among the stars are Errol Flynn nm+, Judy Garland nm, Vivien Leigh, Greta Garbo, Spencer Tracy nm+, Joan Crawford nm-m, Myrna Loy, Laurence Oliver, Clark Gable nm-m, Norma Shearer, Jeannette MacDonald and Bette Davis nm+. “Shots from Famous Films” includes such stars as Bing Crosby and Carole Lombard, Myrna Loy and Clark Gable nm, Norma Shearer and Charles Laughton, Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan (in a Tarzan film) nm, Jeannette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier, and Greta Garbo. Among the duos on the “Film Partners” cards are Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford ex+, Clark Gable and Crawford ex-m+, Myrna Loy and Cary Grant nm-m, George Burns and Gracie Allen nm-m, and George Raft and Carole Lombard. The “Film Episodes” performers include W. C. Fields and Mary Brian nm-m, Shirley Temple and Joe McCrea, Loretta Young and Henry Wilcoxon, Robert Young and Madge Evans, Mae West and Grant Withers, Jackie Cooper and Mary Astor, William Powell and Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn and Fred MacMurray nm-m, James Cagney and Margaret Lindsay nm+, and Laurel and Hardy. These sets average nm.
Winning Bid $113
Lot 225. 68 Different 1950 Topps “Freedom’s War” Cards Including 2 Die-Cut Tanks. The tanks are #98 f-g and 101 g. The other cards are #5-8, 18, 22, 24, 27, 28, 30, 31, 34, 38, 49-56, 57, 56-62, MacArthur, 65, 66, 68-71, 73, 74, 77, 78,. 81-88, 90, 91, 95, 96, 106, 107, 115, 121, 125, 131, 138, 152, 156, 161, 177, 179-181, 184, 186 and 194. They are vg to vg-ex overall.
Winning Bid $83
Lot 226. 1960 Fleer “Spins and Needles” Near Set – 76 of 80. Early stars of the rock ‘n roll era, pre-rockers and performers long forgotten (if ever noticed) made their way into this set. Della Reese, the nm first card in the set, is present, and so are #7 Paul Anka vg, 13 Pat Boone vg+, 15 Andy Williams ex-m, 31 the Drifters nm+, 36 Jerry Lee Lewis nm (wavy cut on top), 45 Les Paul & Mary Ford nm, 47 Lloyd Price ex, 54 Carl Perkins nm+, 56 the Four Freshmen ex, 60 Bobby Rydell vg+, 74 Jan & Dean nm+, and the 75 Shirelles vg. The other cards are ex-nm+. The missing cards are #34 Danny & The Juniors, 40 Bill Haley, 44 Dion & The Belmonts and 48 Clyde McPhatter.
Winning Bid $264