Hollywood, Photographers/Photography, Silent Film

Silent Film Queen of Sheba- Betty Blythe

Queen of Sheba -Betty Blythe shrink50Queen of Sheba -Betty Blythe back shrink50

UPDATE: FEB 18,2013 She’s so lovely and rare that I sent her to my ebay!

This is considered a lost film, and some stills exist but are rare. Here is one I found in this collection.

“William Fox presents QUEEN OF SHEBA Gigantic spectacle and story of the world’s greatest love- Story by Virginia Tracy, Directed by J. GORDON EDWARDS”

Antiquities, Authors/Books, Facebook, Google, Hollywood, Journalists, Silent Film, Social media, Startups, Technology, Twitter, VC/ Angel Investors & Investments

Looking Back and Moving Forward: Historical Treasures and Startup Entrepreneurs

385How fast time flies when I have the pleasure of meeting new startup companies, and enjoying my hobby of acquiring, sharing and selling historical treasures.

This past year has given me the opportunity to meet some great entrepreneurs and their startup endeavors that are real American companies now. One that comes to mind is how much I enjoyed speaking to Bill Lott, about his http://hoursforequity.com startup created to help startups find talent and grow their company by offering equity.

Then I began the quest of selling vast amounts of acquired historical treasures. Troves of antique lace, historical books and now the beginning of mass amounts of silent film stills, autographs and amazing ephemera. ALL of the silent film, (some are here: https://patddixon.com/silent-film/ ) books (some here:https://patddixon.com/book-list/ ) and other antiquities listed in the pages of this site will all be for sale. If you find something you want, let me know. I will post a link to ebay in the coming days as I start to upload it. There are 1000s of never before seen movie stills so it will take time.

I have watched startups fail when they could have listened and learned, and I have seen startups succeed because they listen and learn. The right people mean everything. So do the right words, moves and instincts.

It’s about rarities to me, startups that creative ingenuity has spawned, historical treasures that are one of a kind and should not be lost to time; these go hand in hand.

This coming year is bringing more exciting startup stories that I am looking forward to sharing with you all. I have a pipeline of startups waiting to chat and share their story with the world, so stay tuned.  Join me for another fantastic year of looking back deep into history, and looking forward further than we imagine to new things!

Thanks for coming along on the journey, onward to our 2013!

Antiquities, Authors/Books, Ephemera, Hollywood, Journalists, Uncategorized

My Book Library: Politics, Presidents and Novelists

Creating a library of books is a lifetime endeavor. It feels the same when cataloging books, authors, publishers and dates. I decided to put the list up pre-auction as so many of you have asked to view it for fun. I am happy to add more photos if you would like to see something, just ask! These are 95% or more, first editions and all are hardcover. The list is so large that I gave it it’s own page tab at the top of this site, Enjoy! https://patddixon.com/book-list/

Winston Churchill Books
Antiquities, Authors/Books, Ephemera, Hollywood, Photographers/Photography, Silent Film

Silent Film and Johnny Carson, Ben Hur, Sherlock Holmes and The Great Chicago Fire

I have been roaming once again through my treasure trove of these thousands of movie stills and ephemera. It’s almost like stepping back in time, looking into someone else’s life and being part of the making of Hollywood, which is astounding. Will I ever be able to go through it all? A Christmas card to Arthur Beck and Leah Baird, from “Boots, Kit and Johnny Carson”;

a folder full of the original silent film stills of Ben Hur, yes, the first Ben Hur movie ever made.

The Great Chicago Fire in 1925, dozens of actors and actresses grace the silent film stills of times past. The Return of Sherlock Holmes, more Vitagraph players, handsigned notes, love letters, business letters and postcards, lobby cards and movie posters. Endless. And here is more for your enjoyment.

Antiquities, Ephemera, Photographers/Photography, Silent Film

Check out the Silent Film Page Tab at the top on PatDDixon.com

The very early stage actors/actresses and much more will be posted on the Silent Film page on this site. Photographs and ephemera will be found here:

https://patddixon.com/silent-film

I have approx. 750 stills, plus hundreds of other photographs that I will share over time. They are for sale as a collection of the producer’s life with his actress wife, or they can be purchased individually for autographed photos, or groups of photos about each movie. Check my “about” page for how to contact me.

Here are some more silent film stills.

Hutch Hutchinson autographed to Leah Baird

Antiquities, Ephemera, Photographers/Photography, Silent Film, Uncategorized

Silent Film Lost History, and More…Memorabilia Extraordinaire

Dumb luck coupled with timing and a bit of skill are the things that seem to put me in the right place at the right time. It happens on the rare occasions that I go to estate sales and purchase things because of my fascination of history.

I have long been a historical document and book fan. Roaming throught the occasional yard sale, massive estate sale or just rummaging through second hand stores, I was given a gift; the one for finding ephemera that always brings magic and saves something of spectacular historical value that belongs to the world, or at least, to the serious collector who has a passion for certain genres.

I buy stuff for fun and historical significance, and these things sometimes turn out to be a journey down an amazing historical road. And so this story goes…

I bought two small boxes of papers and pictures, not knowing what really was there. Then I discovered silent film historical documents, autographs, film stills and more, and they created a life of their own, while unburying the lives of so many talented people hidden in the past, silently.

Several years ago I purchased them at an estate sale and I believe they deserve to be in the home of a serious collector, because I hate to see the collection broken apart. Auction galleries tell me that the collection is rather large and must be broken apart in order to sell. But with autographs, 750 approx. 8×10 movie stills, and the life’s work of a director and his actress wife, it’s a bit daunting to say the least. There are literally dozens and dozens of actors in these stills. from children to adults and elderly actors from the silent film days.

The collection starts with a portfolio of autographed photos, from the European stage troupe actors who then played in New York. Some became Vitagraph players, as well as photos of the Vitagraph players that came in later. Mutual Film Company, provided an engraved silver chalice, which includes the men of 1916 that ran the film company and celebrate the producer. The producer’s brother, who also was an actor is heavily photographed in the collection. The autographs are numerous across dozens of movies.

Then comes California, the building of the studios, where many of these people are now buried at “Hollywood Forever” cemetery. The hand written notes, the ship listing printed for all aboard and for their filming, the properties bought and sold as a resort for the elite, the scrapbooks of a lifetime of film, the photos of later years as the actresses reunited for many events. The list is endless. I have many names of people, studio paper, movie titles etc. that will be added here, as I begin to unfold this incredible piece of lost history. The journey starts in the late 1800s and goes until the 1950s, even including bits of actual film (not silent, of course)These are some photos that I love, across all years of the collection, a drop in the bucket of the whole collection, enjoy!

The journey to the past will continue with updates, photos and more stories. Leave me comments and share the journey back, won’t you?

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