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HISTORY FOR SALE 2022 AUTOGRAPHS & MEMORABILIA, DISNEYANA, TRUE CRIME + MORE!

Hello. After decades of collecting, I have decided to sell (most of) my lifetime collection. I hope you find something you like. These items were given to me by celebs, I found them or I bought them. I could not always place the photos in the right direction, so some are sideways or upside down. I will email scans of any photo(s) upon request.  Contents of letters will be told upon request. Some photos show reflections and shadows from the light. These are not on the items.  Most items are in great shape, with normal minor handling wear. Postage depends on size and weight, and if first-class  mail goes into priority.  Unless noted, postage should average about $6. I combine postage for multiple items.  Items $100 or more include free postage and insurance, Keep in mind that the postage for framed items is high; any excess postage of $1 or more will be refunded.  All sales final. Thank you. And feel free to make your best offers!
To order: Email me at historyforsale2022@gmail.com.  We do not take credit cards or PayPal. We accept money orders, checks, cash (at your risk).  Thanks!

AUTOGRAPHS
PRINCESS DIANA Hotel plaque signed by Diana with a witty “reprimanding” inscription. Gotten in person in a London hotel. One-of-a-kind gem! $1250, free postage and insurance.


JACQUELINE ONASSIS large, fascinating folder of paperwork from alarm company responsible for coverage of her home in NYC and on Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, alarm activity, false alarms, diagrams, invoices, personal home phone numbers, contact numbers, etc. etc. Also includes John F. Kennedy Junior’s apartment in NYC and on Cape Cod, possible secretarial signature. Also Joan Kennedy, Edward Kennedy, Sergeant Shriver. $250, free postage and insurance.


LAUREN BACALL Handwritten envelope and return address sticker with red AIDS ribbon. $5


JOHN GIELGUD SP, 5 by 7 $8


ROCKWELL KENT Full pagination and color separation of colors to make complete 1939 Christmas Seal stamp. Original glassine separation sheets; final sheet signed by Kent in center stamp. Only a few sheets are scanned here.  Extremely rare! $350, free postage and insurance.


ARMISTEAD MAUPIN Signed title page from “Back to Barbary Lane,” ripped from book $5


BRETT SOMERS 1960 California tax certificate. $20.


HOWARD ZINN + NOAH CHOMSKY Poster for speaking engagement, $10


SQUIRE FRIDELL Played Ronald McDonald, SIgned Xmas card. $5


LORETTA LYNN TNS on postcard. $5


MALA POWERS TLS, $10


MARY HIGGINS CLARK DS $5


KENNY ROGERSUnsigned invoice to Redbook for his work. $5


DIANE LADD Signed 8 X 10 $5


EDITH FELLOWS Xmas card and ALS from tragic child star $10


PATSY RUTH MILLER Signed mail receipt $6

JOAN LESLIE ALS $6


PAM GRIER
Manila envelope written to recipient and return address $7


OLYMPIA DUKAKIS ANS on calling card to Army Archerd $4


JULIE HARRIS Inscribed SP from The Haunting $7


MARIE CLIFFORD 2 vintage SP $25


HOWARD ZINN Signed poster for his play $7


RACHEL CROTHERS Important feminist playwright ALS $20


PEARL S. BUCK Vintage signature on album page $20


JUSTINE BATEMAN Signed notecard $6


BOBBY SHORT TLS to Army Archerd $7


STEPHEN COLLINS ALS $5


BILL CLINTON + HILLARY CLINTON Xmas card, facsimile signatures $10


BURT REYNOLDS Xmas card $5


JULIA MARLOWE Clipped signature $25


LARRY CLINTON + ELAINE BARRIE Signed postcard; reverse is Elaine Barrie, wife of John Barrymore $15


MARGE CHAMPION Inscribed, signed SP, 8 by 10 $12


EDWARD ALBEE Signed small photo $5


JEAN HERSHOLT TLS on “Dr. Christian” stationery $15


WILLIAM WINTER JEFFERSON DS $15

SHIRLEY BOOTH SP 5 x 7 $15


VIOLET HEMING ANS, 1926 $15


GALE GORDON ANS $10


EDGAR ROSENBERG Gas receipt, husband of Joan Rivers $20


LOWELL THOMAS Vintage signed album page $8


BABY LEROY Vintage album page April 30, 1934 $15


J. EDGAR HOOVER TLS, May 5, 1949 $100 free postage & insurance


MITZI GAYNOR Signed Xmas card $5


CHARLES CHAPLIN JR. Printed Xmas card $5


RUTH ROLAND Inscribed SP 4 x 6  $20


GERALD DU MAURIER SIgned photo postcard $12


EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS signed vintage check, 1937 $150, free postage & insurance


MYRNA LOY Unsigned receipt from druggist $10


KATHLEEN FREEMAN SP 8 by 10, $12

PAIGE O’HARA ANS, $8



GEORGE NADAR signed 8 x 10 photo $15


DEANNA DURBIN vintage signed and inscribed 8 x 10 $50


ONA MUNSON oversized vintage album page signed $25


PINO BARGELLINI Mayor of Florence, Italy 1974, SP 4 x 6 $5


WILLIAM H. CRANE Signed vintage card $20

MARY WICKES ANS, personal stationery written to Vincent Price and his wife Coral Brown $20


MADGE BELLAMY 3 page ALS $8


DONALD B. MACMILLIAN and wife signed booklet $35


PATRICIA O’NEAL Two ALS written to editor of Photoplay Magazine. Great content, with envelopes $25

 

JAMES GANDOLFINI TNS with envelope $10


CRAIG REYNOLDS 5 x 7 SP $15


HUGH HERBERT VINTAGE ALBUM PAGE $20


MAY BRITT DAVS 1960 income tax form $10


JOHN FRANKENHEIMER ANS to Army Archerd $10


STEVE BRODIE SIgned card $10


MELISSA MANCHESTER TLS + signed index card $7


GUS BACKUS SP postcard photo $3


PETULA CLARK signed 8 x 10 as Norman Desmond from Sunset Blvd. $20

DIANA SANDS signed index card $20


CHARLES BUSCH ALS + inscribed SP, 8 x 10, crease, $6


DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS Signed menu for dinner for him and Gertrude Lawrence crease, $15


JOHNNY HEATH SP, 4 by 6 $15


KITTY CARLISLE Signed trading card $5


MARVIN KAPLAN Signed vintage album page $3


RODDY MCDOWALL Signed vintage album page $8


CONNIE FRANCIS TLS, great  content about songwriting $20


CHARLES DURNING Signed 8 x 10 photo $7


ADOLPH GREEN Signed vintage album page $7


EVA LE GALLIENNE ANS on personal card $20


GLENDA JACKSON TLS on personal stationery $10


HERBERT BEERBOHM TREE Vintage SP $25


ANNE JEFFREYS SP 8 X 10 $10


MARGARET SULLIVAN + JOSEPH COTTON Sabrina Fair photo, slightly chipped Playbill $20


MARVIN HAMLISCH SP 8 X 10 photo with musical note $100, free postage & insurance


BOBBY DRISCOLL vintage fan photo, facsimile signature $10


LA WANDA PAGE Inscribed 8 x 10 photo $25


BRUCE JENNER Inscribed 8 x 10 photo $20


POLLY THOMPSON ALS, Hele Keller’s housekeeper/private secretary, great Keller content $100 free postage & insurance


TOTIE FIELDS Signed index card $15


DEWOLF HOPPER Vintage signed postal card $20


VALLI VALLI Signed vintage photo postcard $25


MARGARET WEBSTER Signed vintage album page $12


JAMES MONTGOMERY FLAGG Self-portrait in pencil on reverse side of menu, crease $300 free postage & insurance


ROGER WILLIAMS ANS to Army Archerd $5


GERALD DU MURIER Signed calling card + ANS from his secretary $10


HAROLD PRINCE TLS to John Willis, personal letterhead $75



CAROL BRUCE Signed photo postcard $10


NOEL COWARD Unsigned Xmas card, Les Avants Switzerland $15


BUTTERFLY MCQUEEN Signed “Strange Tales of Gone With the Wind” $15


JACK HALEY Signed check 1967 $25


MARY MARTIN Signed check 1984 (The Sound of Music Company) $20


JOANNE WOODWARD NEWMAN Signed check 1974 $25



KARL MALDEN Signed credit card slip for Shell gas $15


BARBARA BUSH Signed and inscribed bookplate, dated Oct. 26 1998, $50


JERRY ORBACH SIgned Annie Get Your Gun souvenir program starring Ethel Merman $10


ANN JILLIAN Xmas card $5


GENE NELSON 3 page ALS to Army Archerd $12


GENE RAYMOND 5 x 7 SP $10


PEGGY CASS TLS $20


BUCK OWENS SIGNED Hee Haw envelope $10


ARNOLD STANG Inscribed, signed vintage album page $12


LILY TOMLIN ANS to Army Archerd on personal stationery $12


PEARL WHITE Signed picture postcard $35


FREDDY Signed photo postcard $3


GOGI GRANT ALS 2006 $8


JUNE HAVOC Signed  Sadie Thompson theatre program $5


CORAL BROWNE Signed theatre program $5


SAX ROHMER Rare TLA on Fu Manchu letterhead $150 free postage & insurance


BEVERLY GARLAND Lot of 3 pieces, business card, SP, ANS $10


ARNOLD STANG SP inscribed 8 x 10 $25


GALE GORDON SP inscribed 8 x 10 $15


LESLIE NIELSEN + ROBERT GOULET ANS to Army Archerd on London Hilton stationery $15


JIM NABORS Personal Bank of America check for $289.72 for water bill $15


MALACHI THRONE Large manila envelope addressed ion his hand to a Cape Cod theatre, with added “Photo Do Not Bend” written by him 3 times. Home address return address stamped in left corner. $5


KATHARINE HEPBURN lot collected from her rubbish, including handwriting in red Flair on fan envelopes, pieces of paper, greeting cards, personal stationery with mistakes, even a make-up sponge $100 free postage & insurance

MALACHI THRONE ALS $5



RUDY VALLEE Irate TNS to fan 1985 $10


JACK OAKIE Unsigned contract for Tin Pan Alley $8



LOUISE BEAVERS Vintage album page $25


FANNY BRICE vintage album page + GENEVIEVE TOBIN, RICHARD BARTHELEMESS on reverse $30


CHIEF JUSTICE CHARLES EVANS HUGHES Vintage album page $15


ED WYNN ANS $10


LUCREZIA BORE Vintage SP $20


GERALDINE FARRAR Vintage SP $20


HUGH HUBERT ALS + envelope $30



WILLIAM GILLETTE ANS, November 6, 1916 $50


WILLIAM GILLETTE ALS, June 9, 1926 $75


GOOGIE WITHERS Vintage SP $30


JOSEPH JEFFERSON ALS, July 28, 1902 $50


HOWARD ZINN Signed program $10


RICHARD LE GALLIENNE ALS May 31, 1917 to Sect of Treasury William McAdoo $20


PHIL SILVERS + GARSON KANIN + NANCY DUSSAULT + others, Signed theatre program $10


IRENE BORDINI Signed photo postcard $15


JANE WYATT Signed vintage album page $10


JOHN GUNTHER Signed card; card is not mounted to cardboard seen, mint $20


ALICE STONE BLACKWELL ALS $20


RUDY VALLEE Check to Benny Rubin $12


ROBERTA SHERWOOD ALS to Army Archerd $8


BRAD ANDERSON Original sketch of Marmaduke with sentiment and signature $50


DAME EDNA Signed and inscribed souvenir program $10


JOHN RITTER Signed, inscribed SP 8 x 10 $15


DAN ROWAN ANS $10


RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN TNS $12


BEVERLY SILLS Complete 1969 issue of Newsweek signed and inscribed to producer Anna Sosenko, $20


MONTE BLUE Signed inscribed vintage 8 x 10 SP $15


HOWARD ZINN Signed Playbill $6


EVA LA GALLIENNE Quote from The Master Builder on her calling card $20


MINNIE DUPRESS ALS $20


ROSE MARIE TLS $8


RUE MCCLANAHAN Check endorsed $12


FARLEY GRANGER Vintage photo postcard $8


JANE COWL Vintage oversized album page + signed card $12


ROBERT ALDA Signed index card $5


CHARLOTTE GREENWOOD Vintage 5 x 7 SP with smiley face $25


DAVID MERRICK Document signed to Leonard Lyons giving him permission to use this image on Xmas cards. + prototype Christmas Card. Lyons has Merrick looking like Santa as a thief $35


MIKE MAZURKI Signed card $5


JOSEPH MANKIEWICZ Signed quote from “All Above Eve” $30

CHERYL CRAWFORD 2 TLS $20


STEPHEN SONDHEIM Important 2-page TLS, references to Oscar Hammerstein, Pearl S. Buck and Pacific Overtures, free $200 postage & insurance


HELEN HAYES TLS 1968 personal stationery $5


MILLICENT MARTIN Signed London Playbill $5


ESME PERCY Signed photo postcard $20


MAUREEN STAPLETON SP 4 x6 photo $6


AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS
SO FAR… First edition, signed by Kelsey Grammer $5


CINDY AND I Signed by Joey Adams $5


CINDY AND I Inscribed, signed by Joey Adams $7, foxing


THE IMPOSSIBLE ART First Edition Inscribed and signed Matthew Aucoin $12


MAYBE YOU NEVER CRY AGAIN First edition, inscribed and signed Bernie Mac $25


NOW First edition, signed by Lauren Bacall $12


THE END OF INNOCENCE First edition, signed by Chastity Bono $12


FROM CRIME SCENE TO COUTRTOOM Signed by Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, first edition $12


OUR PARIS Signed by Edmund White, first edition $10


DIAHANN Inscribed and signed by Diahann Carroll, first edition $5


WUNNERFUL! WUNNERFUL! Signed by Lawrence Welk $5


BAREFOOT GIRL ON BROADWAY Inscribed and signed by Ruth Hunter $5


A THEORY OF RELATIVITY Inscribed and signed by Jacquelyn Mitchard $5


HARD-TO-FIND BOOKS
JULIE HARRIS TALKS TO YOUNG ACTORS
, Unsigned, Ex-lib, first edition,  long out-of-print $10



NEW YORK PHOTOGRAPHS: 1850-1950 Huge coffee table book from the library of Julie Harris. Bookplate attached. This was given to Harris as a gift for participating in 1985 Night of 100 Stars $15


THE BROTHERS SHUBERT First edition, unsigned, long out-of-print $8


THE JEWISH MOTHERS’ HALL OF FAME Bob Dylan, Abbie Hoffman, Steven Spielberg, out of print, softcover $3


SHOW PEOPLE Kenneth Tynan $3


TRUE-CRIME MEMORABILIA
CHARLES MANSON Made out to himself, so signed twice; Monopoly check for $1,000,000, two swastikas $750 free postage and insurance


CHARLES MANSON Check for $69, two swastikas $600, free postage and insurance


JOHN DILLINGER Original FBI wanted poster, framed  about 12.5 by 12.5, $650, free postage and insurance


BONNIE & CLYDE Original FBI wanted poster, framed about 12.5 by 12.5 $650, free postage and insurance


BRUNO RICHARD HAUPTMANN Sentenced TO DIE Front page Santa Fe New Mexican, framed, MINT, 27 by 22.5, $100 postage + $50, refund postage of $1 or more will be refunded


RUTH, JUDD MUST DIE cut from front page of The Cleveland News, about 20 by 14 $30 + $10 postage


DILLINGER Die-cut movie promo for the opening of “Dillinger” in Spain starring Lawrence Tierney, Anne Jeffreys and Edmund Lowe. Framed.  Rare! $30

 


DISNEYANA
WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS


SPORTS GOOFY Cel, info on reverse about 18 by 16 $200 + $20 postage and insurance


GOOFY Lot of 8 animation drawings in a sequence of Goofy at the Gym/Prototype drawings for a toy. Unsigned. Graphite with red and blue pencil on paper 9 ¾ by 10 ¾, matted, unframed. Some with minor, unobtrusive staining/soiling. These were listed in Boston’s Skinner auction house catalog for $3000-$5000!  $100 + $20 postage and insurance



GOOFY Stat storyboard model sheet of Goofy from “Fly Fishing”” 11 by 14 framed. Information/ID on reverse. $100 + $20 postage and insurance


GOOFY  Stat storyboard model sheet of Goofy from “Double Dribble”” 11 by 14 framed. Information/ID on reverse. Information/ID on reverse. OK Jack Hannah. $100 + $20 postage and insurance


GOOFY Stat storyboard model sheet of Goofy from “They’re Off”” OK Jack Hannah. ABout 11 by 14.  $100 + $20 postage and insurance

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GOOFY Breakfast poster promoting healthy meals during World War II, framed,  1943, California War Council 20 by 13. $100 + $20 postage and insurance


DISNEY ARTISTS Nude women model sheet done (unknown) Disney artists; sent to WWII soldiers, unsigned, framed, quite heavy. Background paperwork included. 24 by 20.5. This will be sent via UPS; $300+ $50 postage and insurance, with any excess of $1 being refunded

 


GOOFY Set of  5 moving toys, including Hot Wheels (1979) $10


GOOFY Set of 3 Marx. Bros. toys, 1960s, scarce $15


GOOFY  Animation drawing of Goofy from “Clock Cleaners” (1937). Inscribed in pencil lower right. Graphite and red pencil on paper $75


GOOFY Mickey Mouse Club plush, 1950s, original price tag of $95  from Walt Disney World still affixed, $45


GOOFY Goof Troop Set of four toys from the TV series. These toys had never been removed from their box until these photos were taken $10


GOOFY, MINNIE MOUSE & SCROOGE MCDUCK Christmas ornaments from Avon/”Mickey’s Christmas Carol” in original boxes, long retired, 1980s. These have been taken out of the boxes for the first time to take these photos. $20


GOOFY Marx Bros. bendable figurine, original clothes, rare $30


DON BLUTH PRODUCTIONS
Anne-Marie and the Boys from “All Dogs Go to Heaven”, gouache on celluloid. Framed. Information/ID on reverse. $100 + $20 postage and insurance


THEATRE
THE TAP DANCE KID 
Small steel tray that was the opening night gift given to cast by producers, sealed in original bag $20


HELEN HAYES ELIA KAZAN Souvenir program for “Harriet” crease $5


KATHLEEN TURNER “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Playbill inscribed and signed $10



THE PAJAMA GAME souvenir program Liza Minnelli at 20 years old $25


9 to 5 Original window card signed by the stars and crew, including Dolly Parton. These were only given to VIP press members . Very rare! $250 + $20 postage & insurance


BLACKSTONE THE MAGICIAN Program from St. Paul, 1947 $5


GLENDA FARRELL Program for “Brief Moment”, 1943 $5


COMPANY souvenir program Elaine Stritch, Larry Kert Autographed twice by Barbara Barrie $12


I DO! I DO! souvenir program  Mary Martin, Robert Preston $10


KATHLEEN TURNER Original promo photo of her as Mrs. Robinson in “The Graduate”, Boston, show info on reverse $10


GEORGE M! souvenir program Joel Grey, Bernadette Peters, Jill O’Hara $15


FORBIDDEN BROADWAY Promo photo with David Gaines $5


MAME souvenir program Angela Lansbury, Beatrice Arthur $12


STAR TIME souvenir program with Lou Holtz, Tony and Sally DeMarco and Benny Fields $5

 


THE TAP DANCE KID Alan Weeks, Hinton Battle $10


MY DEAR CHILDREN John Barrymore $25


MAME Original promo photo of Celeste Holm and a very young Loretta Swit,  Legendary photographer Friedman-Abeles credit stamp on reverse $15


ODDS & ENDS
FRANK SINATRA attends Ernie Kovacs funeral, UPI photo, 7 by 9 $10


GROUCHO MARX Silkscreened Mylar poster [21 inches by 21 inches] for his 1982 Carnegie Hall appearance. Minor bumps and dings, unsigned. Designed by Glen Christensen. Scarce! $75


LYLE TOWNSEND Vintage Broadway contract for the play The Blue Ghost $10


JANE WYMAN Funeral mass program #1, 4 pages stock card, color $25


JANE WYMAN #2 Funeral mass program, 4 pages stock card, color photo on cover $25


JANE WYMAN Funeral mass card $25

 


JEAN CARSON Funeral mass card $25




WILLIAM HAINES
Facsimile signature, 8 by 10 $10


DUDLEY MOORE + JOHN GIELGUD Lot of 5 promo stills from Arthur $12



PATTY DUKE, SHARON TATE, SUSAN HAYWARD, BARBARA PERKINS VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Japanese movie poster 10.5 by 9.5, when unfodled, measures 20 by 10.5, near  mint and scarce! $75


WILLIAM POWELL Lot of 7 movie stars photos, includes Ruth Chatterton, William Powell, John Boles (2), Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (2),  Loretta Young, Gary Cooper (2),  crackling, 5 by 7, $10


SANDY DENNIS + BETTY GARRETT 3 publicity photos from “And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little” $10


RICHARD BURTON & MAGGIE MCNAMARA original promo still from Prince of Players, 1956 date stamped on reverse about 7 by 9 $5


ATKINSON, TOPEKA AND SANTA FE RAILWAY official letter on letterhead $7


VAN HELFIN Publicity photo for The Shrek, 8 by 10 $5



LUCILLE BALL candid b/w photo with mother, 4 by 6 $8


LUCILLE BALL 8 by 10 b/w negative with Ginger Rogers $12


LIZA MINNELLI Invitation for private concert/dinner given by Hearst Magazines $10


 

LIZA MINNELLI age 18 holding awards, candid, 4 by 6 $10


PETER ALLEN + Chris Allen original promo #1, minor wear $15


PETER ALLEN + Chris Allen original promo #2, minor wear $15



LIBERACE “Sincerely Yours” promo 8 by 10  $5


ALMA RUBENS Photo with facsimile signature + negative photo was made from $10


REBA MCENTIRE Lot of 15 candid photos in concert, extreme close-ups 4 by 6, $12


MORTON DOWNEY SR. Promotional photo, facsimile signature $2


CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER Candid color snapshot of him entering Wilbur Theatre in Boston about 4 by 6  $3


FABIAN Trading card $1



JOAN COLLINS #1 Redbook cover test Polaroid photo, unretouched, rejected by magazine $40


JOAN COLLINS #2 Redbook cover test Polaroid photo, unretouched, rejected by magazine $40


JOAN COLLINS #3 Redbook cover test Polaroid photo, unretouched, rejected by magazine $40


JOAN COLLINS #4 Redbook cover test Polaroid photo, unretouched, rejected by magazine $40


ELIZABETH TAYLOR Redbook cover test Polaroid photo, unretouched, rejected by magazine $40


JOHN GLENN 2 11 by 14 b/w candid photos during parade in Boston $20


 

AL HIRSCHFELD Bottle of sparkling wine given as promos to VIP theatre critics, 1980s. Note NINA label. Very rare! Never opened. $100 + $10 postage and insurance


PATTY DUKE, SHARON TATE, BARBARA PARKINS VALLEY OF THE DOLLS 11 by 14 lobby card, framed, in Spanish,  rare, $100 + postage and insurance $20


LIZA MINNELLI Sheet music to “Come Saturday Morning” from “The Sterile Cuckoo” $3


THE WHITE HOUSE Envelope from The White House during Reagan era $2



NINOTCHKA 11 by 14 Lobby card, framed, in Spanish, crease, rare $100 + postage and insurance $20


WOODY ALLEN Invitation to a party for his 60th birthday


KENNY ROGERS Promo photo on set of “The Gambler” 4 by 6 $3


HANS CONRIED Unusual promo Easter photo, crackling. About 7 by 9,  $6


ELIZABETH TALOR & RICHARD BURTON Scene from
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”? $10



LIZA MINNELLI AS BABY WITH DAD VINCENTE MINNELLI Wide World stamped on reverse 8 by 10 $20


MOVIE STAR LOT OF 14 PHOTOS, LOT 1 Linen-finished photos handed to movie patrons when the films listed under stars’ names opened at theatres. This lot includes W.C. Fields, Grace Moore, Will Rogers (color tinted), Alice Faye, Franchot Tone,  Henry Fonda, Gary Cooper, Rosalind Russell, Alice Faye, Ross Alexander, Margaret Sullivan, Joan Bennett, Rudolph Valentino (tear), Irene Dunne. Near mint! $25


MOVIE STAR LOT OF 11 PHOTOS, LOT 2, Linen-finished photos handed to movie patrons when the films listed under stars’ names opened at theatres. This lot includes Bette Davis,  Joan Crawford,   (color tinted), Robert Taylor,  Norma Shearer,  Fred MacMurray, Charles Boyer, Janet Gaynor, Errol Flynn,   Louise Hovick (Gypsy Rose Lee with movie ad on reverse), Jean Arthur, Constance Bennett. Near mint! $25


VICTOR BORGE Elaborate Xmas card with original envelope, unsigned, handwriting on envelope in his hand $7


JFK and Marilyn Monroe Hell notes $5


WEEGEE A reprint from the original copy $20


THE BEATLES, BIG BANDS, TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD Set of 3 promo photos, 8 by 10 $7


FOREST LAWN Two books about the famous cemetery, both out of print, great photos! $10


LARRY HAGMAN Two napkins from  a 1980s party at his house in Malibu, CA $5


ARTHIUR ASHE Photocopy of his agreement to buy a NYC apartment for $700,000. Unsigned. $10


SHIRLEY TEMPLE cobalt blue cereal bowl, no chips, mint $30


PRE-COLUMBIAN FUNERARY PIECES decessioned from the Boca Raton Museum of Art, inventory numbers attached, wonderful lot. Various sizes.  $250 free postage & insurance

“Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” return in fully restored Americana glory

There’s nothing like keeping it all in the family.

One of the most popular series in television history is making a comeback,  fully restored,  in association with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and from the original 35mm picture and sound elements. Welcome The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: Seasons 1 and 2 (MPI Media Group), arriving to entertain old fans and new viewers  on four-DVD sets on June 21, 2022. The two sets contain 39 episodes each, representing the complete first two seasons (78 episodes) of the long-running sitcom ranked number 6 on Vulture’s list of “The 50 Most Definitive Family TV Shows.”

For a record-breaking 14 seasons and 435 episodes, the series aired on ABC from 1952 through 1966, becoming one of the most cherished cultural touchstones of the 20th century. The positive, wholesome series epitomized an idyllic American ’50s lifestyle, its gentle humor brought to the screen by the real-life Nelson family: Ozzie and wife Harriet with their sons, David and Rick, all portraying themselves in a trend-setting blend of fact-meets-fiction comedy decades before Seinfeld and other semi-reality-based shows.

The series humorously chronicled the daily lives of the Nelsons as David and Ricky grew up before millions of weekly viewers. While Ozzie  had been a real-life bandleader and Harriet a singer, the series would help launch the musical career of their younger son, Ricky, who would become a teen idol with such enduring hits as “Travelin’ Man” and “Hello Mary Lou.”

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was the longest running live-action sitcom in U.S. television history until It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia surpassed it on December 1, 2021, when that series debuted its 15th season. But Ozzie and Harriet still hold the record for most episodes produced: 435. Among its Emmy nominations and many other accolades, TV Guide placed Ozzie Nelson at number 21 on its list of “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.”

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And now, for the very first time, in association with the Nelson family, the entire series has been digitally restored for its 70th Anniversary with complete episodes from the original film negatives for superior picture quality.

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Season One contains all 39 full, fun-filled episodes on four DVDs, starting with the premiere show and other rare adventures not seen on television in decades. Don DeFore appears as Ozzie’s neighbor pal Thorny along with guest stars from classic television and films, including Hal Smith, Ellen Corby, Janet Waldo, Joseph Kearns, Frank Nelson and other familiar faces. Season Two also contains 39 episodes––with more lost moments appearing for the first time since originally broadcast—and features such guest stars as Frank Cady, John Carradine and Lurene Tuttle.

“Is This My Home”? takes a delightful, interactive look at a traveling nurse’s adventures

It’s just what the doctor ordered, a most delightful interactive children’s book that follows Nanette, a young nurse travels across the country caring for wee ones who find themselves needing a nurse’s love.
Is This My Home? (Made For Me, $16.95/$12.95) is the first book in the Tales of a Traveling Nurse series, a most welcome treat that gives young readers ages 4-8 a look into the adventurous profession of travel nursing. Kids will have fun searching for Nanette as she enjoys a new city while following the children who find themselves needing a nurse’s care, from California to New York, Texas to Hawaii and beyond. With her big smile and fun bubble necklace, Nurse Nanette helps make a scary ‘trip to the doctor” that much easier!Inline image
Is This My Home? goes beyond engaging educational adventures: Shay Larby’s colorful and interesting illustrations give kids a look inside hospitals’ pediatric emergency departments while highlighting the importance of child safety and accident prevention.
The book is based on first-hand experiences: Author Sheri Sturniolo has been a registered pediatric nurse for more than 20 years. She started her career as a traveling nurse and her many adventures became the inspiration for the Tales of a Traveling Nurse series.  She enjoys writing children’s books that help little ones better understand the world around them while opening up important conversations between the reader and child. (Sheri began her author journey with her first series, You Were Meant for Me, written for her own children.) See more at talesofatravelingnurse.com
A must-have prescription for fun, facts and educational filled journeys!

“Young Cyrano” introduces young readers to the teenage de Bergerac


We could toss about many so-little known (or unknown). We’ll choose two: Benoît-Constant Coquelin, Edmond Rostand. We’ll add a third: Sir Paul Cicchini.
Yet they all are related. Sort of.  Coquelin was a legendary French actor who originated the role of real-life Hercule Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac whose life was fictionalized in Rostand’s legendary play Cyrano de Bergerac back in 1897. Yep, he’s the Cyrano known for his large, misshapen proboscis; (mis)adventures of fighting, courageous sword fighting, action and, of course, the kiss given to gal pal Roxanne.
Cyrano was, and remains, hot. There have been many stage and screen adaptations. A new stage version starring James McAvoy takes centerstage at Brooklyn’s Academy of Music; little person and Big Star Peter Dinklage stars in the new big-screen musicalization.
And so enters New Jersey school psychologist Cicchini.
He has written
Young Cyrano ($12.99), a novel that takes a breezy look at Cyrano when he was an awkward teenager. Before he became a self-assured hero, Cyrano and his best friends Le Bret and Roxanne took part in many of those teenage exploits with which today’s teens find pleasure . . . and perhaps pain.
Young Cyrano is written with a  flair that guides those in grades 7 through 12 into  playful and perplexing periods of youth, mystery and mayhem with the welcoming and wonder of what is to become.
To learn more about Young Cyrano or its author Sir Paul Cicchini, visit
paulcicchini.com.


 

The problem with ‘The Art of Bob Mackie’? The book was already written, back in 1979.

It’s a large, lavish coffeetable book, this expensive ($50) book that celebrates the fashions of Mackie and the women he (un)dresses. The Art of Bob Mackie (Simon & Schuster) has Mackie’s approval, but it was written by two die-hard fans.
Yet nearly 50 years, Mackie himself wrote (with co-author Gerry Bremer) Designing for Glamour (A& W Publishers), a smaller $14.95 volume that is packed with lots of color BM costume photos,

scores of dos and don’ts for fashion-driven success, even a (first) foreword by Carol Burnett. Sure, the book is long out of print,. but I stole a copy on eBay for $5, postage included.
The Art of Bob Mackie is an embarrassment of riches. Balancing the book on your lap is tough enough, but after a while, page after page after page of Mackie illustrations look that same, as seen below.

Most of the same  ladies are covered in both books (Carol, Cher, Diana, Ann, Mitzi, Bette, Barbra) and some of the photos are duplicated.
Perhaps if Dressing for Glamour was updated, and there was less Carol Burnett gab and more of Cher’s (or reversing the two). The Art of Bob Mackie would have more style.

History As It Happened: Carole Estby Dagg’s New Book Recounts a ‘Walk Across America’

As Santa’s elves—sometimes known as book publicists—continue to drop “gifts”—sometimes known as review copies—under our tree, we remain steadfast, promising to find the best of the best.
And then recommending those titles.
When we stumbled across Carole Estby Dagg’s new book, The Year We Were Famous: Helga and Clara’s Estby’s Walk Across a Changing America ($15.49), we were as impressed not only by the subject (more in a bit) but by her professional tagline, that she spends her time “writing about history as ordinary people  lived it”.
In this, Estby novelizes the true tale of her her suffragist great grandmother, Helga Estby, and Helga’s daughter, Carole’s grand aunt Clara, who walked 4,000 miles from their farm in Mica Creek, Washington, to New York City in 1896 in a heroic attempt to win $10,000 that would save the family’s farm . . . and prove women were invincible.
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Equipped only with satchels containing compass and maps, first-aid supplies, journals, pistol and a curling iron (!), they headed east along the railroad tracks. The walk began on May 6, 1896 in Spokane, Washington, and ended in New York City  232 days later, on December 23. The women  crossed mountains, deserts and plains; survived a highwayman attack, a flash flood and several blizzards; and went days without food and water. Let’s not forget that Helga and Clara wore out a total of 32 pairs of shoes.
During the year they walked and talked, they became famous, meeting governors and mayors, camping with Indians, and visiting the new president-elect, William McKinley.
Helga and Clara intended to write a book about their adventures, but the publisher reneged on her big-buck promise. Fortunately, newspapers across the country reported on their travels, so Carole was able to write her book based on those articles, with her imagination filling the gaps between facts.
By the way, we aren’t the only ones who were pleased by such a gift from the Jolly Fat Man’s helpers: The Year We Were Famous
won the Will Rogers Medallion; the Sue Alexander Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; and the Willa award from Women Writing the West. It was also selected by the American Library Association for its 2012 Amelia Bloomer List of Best Feminist Fiction.
Santa’s elves have delivered a perfect pick for gift giving.
To order the book and for more info on the author, click caroleestbydagg.

YOUR ASSIGNMENT: WATCH “DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT” AND RELIVE CLASSIC TV OF THE PAST

Old-time actor [read: great actor] Brian Donlevy stars in the old-time TV series [read: great TV series from yesteryear] Dangerous Assignment: The Complete Series (MPI Media Group]. Here, the veteran plays U.S. Government Agent Steve Mitchell, who travels the globe investigating cases of espionage, sabotage and threats to National Security.
Sound familiar? Donlevy originated the character on NBC Radio. The set includes all 39 episodes of the action-packed TV series from the 1950s.

The forgotten police series “Code 3: LA Sheriff’s Case Files” comes back in all 39 episodes

Interested in binging on an arresting (but forgotten) police series? All 1020 minutes spanning 39 episodes? Then mark July 20 on your must-get list; that’s the date Code 3: LA Sheriff’s Case Files hits the shelves.

In 1957, Hal Roach Studios and producer Ben Fox brought the fast-paced drama to television, starring Richard Travis as Sheriff George Barrett of the Los Angeles County Police Department, Denver Pyle as Sgt. Murchison and Fredd Wayne as Sgt. Bill Hollis.

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Like its sister series Dragnet, Code 3 featured true crime cases–this time from the files of the search and rescue branch of the Los Angeles Police Department–always “changing the names to protect the innocent.” At the end of most of the broadcasts, the real-life Sheriff of Los Angeles County, Eugene W. Biscailuz, made an appearance to recap that night’s adventure.
Code 3 enjoyed a healthy run in television syndication and featured lots of guest stars. Instead of naming names, we are going to tease you by tossing out the names of other TV series from which the guests were imported . . . Star Trek, The Patty Duke Show, Bewitched, Gilligan’s Island, Mannix, Zorro and The Dukes of Hazard.

Alain Delon + Jacques Deray + Cohen Film Collection = Three French Films that are Must-See

Die-hard film fans know  that Alain Delon (a) French actor is a handsome hunk and (b) Jacques Deray is a daring director. Pair them together,  and French fireworks explode.
Save the date: On August 31, Cohen Film Collection releases “Three Men to Kill: Two New Restored Films by Jacque Deray.”
The Gang (1977): In 1945, as World War Two comes to a close, five small time crooks unite to form a gang lead by Delon. After several bold robberies they become notorious as “the front-wheel drive gang.” The police attempt to stop their crime spree with little success . . . but how long will their luck last?
Three Men to Kill (1980): In this gritty, violent and suspenseful thriller, Delon plays Gerfaut who comes to the aid of a man laying wounded in the road, not knowing the man has taken two bullets to the belly.

Soon he becomes the target for the killers, who see him as a dangerous witness. But Gerfaut has been around the block a couple of times and he won’t be so easily eliminated.

George Chakiris’ autobiography will leave some readers (dis)pleased

Read it. Digest it. And after coming up for air after a whirlwind read of George Chakiris’ autobiography, My West Side Story: A Memoir (Lyons Press, $24.95), you realize you were dazzled.

And duped.

We will explain.

It’s obvious Chakiris loved dancing, a skill so streamlined and stylized that it launched him into a pretty nice career, most notably for West Side Story.

The actor/dancer was first cast in the London production as Riff, gang leader of the Jets. The musical premiered in London in late 1958, and Chakiris received rave reviews, playing the role for almost two years.

The actor, who is of Greek descent, then auditioned for the film version, but the producers thought Chakiris’ dark complexion made him more suitable for the role of Bernardo, leader of the Sharks. (Russ Tamblyn got the role of Riff.)

Switching sides to play Bernardo, brother to Natalie Wood’s Maria and partner to Rita Moreno’s Anita, secured him the role on Broadway after seven months of filming. The film (also co-directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins) returns to theaters for two days only as part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ TCM Big Screen Classics series with an introduction from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. The beloved movie musical will play in select theaters June 24 and 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time both days.

The movie not only gained Chakiris a huge  following but also the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in Motion Picture.

West Side Story, all three versions, made him a star.

“I know exactly where my gratitude belongs,” Chakiris writes, “and I still marvel at how, unbeknownst to me at the time, the joyful path of my life was paved one night in 1949 when Jerome Robbins sat Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents down in his apartment and announced, ‘I have an idea.'”

It’s obviously Chakiris was not best friends with Jerome Robbins, the legendary choreographer who was a former Communist Party member and named 10 communists in his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Robbins did propel Chakiris into WSS stardom and the actor dishes Robbins. Up to a point. He doesn’t tap dance the legendary truths about the mercurial, relentless Robbins, but in a few breaths he credits him with shaping Bernardo into such a memorable character.

Yet, before his became known for his stage work, Chakiris  had made a bunch of films—dancing, of course, but unbilled and in teeny roles He was one of the dancers in Marilyn Monroe’ “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).

It’s sad to know that, though Monroe was 23 years old and Chakiris was 19, they did not became friends, something he misses.

As he writes: “Marilyn had a quality that can’t be taught, or created with wardrobe and makeup, a quality you’re either born with or not. . . . Many decades later I accepted an invitation to participate in a documentary about her.  I said then what I’ll always say—I’m sorry I didn’t get to know her, but I’ll always be grateful I had the pleasure working with her.”

Can you spot him in the snippet below?

He appeared as a dancer alongside Rosemary Clooney, as she warbled “Love, You Didn’t Do Right by Me” in White Christmas (1954). See him?

TV shows, two record albums, sundry stage work and more films were wedges between his years. It’s sad that his film career was so spotty. Two films made in France—Is Paris Burning? (1966) and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort  (1967) are really good and still hold up; The Big Cube (1969, watch Lana Turner on LSD!) and Jekyll and Hyde…Together Again  (1982) are jokes.

Today, the 86-year-old thespian still creates, this time making sterling silver jewelry—pendants, bracelets, earrings. What started as a hobby blossomed into a full-time business. Chakiris’ stunning works can be seen (and bought) at georgechakiris.com/jewelry.

And before you ask, the answer is no. In the book, Chakiris refuses to confirm his sexual orientation.

He has kept details of his love life hidden from the media’s attention, yet it is widely believed among Hollywood actors and actresses that he is gay – even the popular movie and TV series rating website IMDb has featured him  in their “500 Gay Actors & Personalities” list. Some have even claimed that George secretly married his long-term partner sometime in the 2000s, but no proof has been provided to support the claims.

His is a terrible bother to me, born one day after Chakiris came out (of his mother) and into the world. If he is gay, it would serve as a great benefit to those boys and girls, men and women, questioning their sexuality, fighting the bullying, dancing around suicidal thoughts. I have the same feeling about Lily Tomlin and Barry Manilow’s queer denials—the singer especially. Everyone knew he was gay yet for decades he made up girlfriends and excuses. When he finally married his long-time partner and manager Gary Keif in 2004, his excuse for the delay: “I thought it would hurt my career.”

That’s why my Manilow CDs have been destroyed and why Chakiris  book was given away.

Not all acting succeeds.