Advertisement for The Great Gatsby, 1926
The Man Who Laughs in a 1929 issue of Motion Picture News
“$2,000 in cash prizes are being offered to the public by Universal for the best answers to the question: WHY DO ALLURING WOMEN LOVE HOMELY MEN? It’s the greatest exploitation idea ever offered on a picture — and it’s clicking like an eight-day clock. Climb aboard now.”
Ad for The Red Lantern, 1919
(Go on, tell us. Who IS the really great artist?)
Advertisement for The Red Lantern, 1919
Happy birthday Marin Sais (August 2, 1890 - December 31, 1971)
Shown above (top right, along with co-star Ollie Kirby*, lower left) in an ad for The Social Pirates (1916), a serial in which “two women finally tire of being taken advantage of by men, and vow that they will stop these cads from preying on helpless young girls” (IMDb). That’s the struggle of the ages!
*(Ollie Kirby was sometimes billed as “Ollie Kirkby,” “Ollie Kirke,” or “Olive Kirby”)
(It’s not a serial, you guys)
Ad for Ponjola from Photoplay magazine, November 1923
“For Desmond was a woman, in masquerade - a good looking youth whom men accepted as one of them and women loved for his good looks, his cool debonaire ways and fearless, insolent tongue.”
“a Sensational Drama of Frenzied Love & Politics”
1926 Paramount Para-fan Wheel of Female Stars Trade Ad, featuring Clara Bow, Pola Negri, Florence Vidor, Bebe Daniels, Esther Ralston, Lois Moran and Louise Brooks
every wheel in the world should look like this!!!
Buster Keaton in one of a series of silent-themed ads for Simon Pure Beer.
A small sampling of Buster Keaton’s advertisement work in the 1950s and 1960s.
(I know. It’s awesome.)
An ad for “The Music Defense League” that appeared in papers around the country (including the Reading Eagle on April 14, 1930, which is where this one is from.:))
With recorded sound and music, many musicians around the country who used to accompany the silent films live in theaters were suddenly out of work. This was a tragedy for those musicians during the Great Depression, and not universally loved by audience members, either.
“The ROBOT on the RUN!
MILLIONS of Theatregoers Demand Real Music.
Music lovers everywhere are insisting that the inspiration and beauty of real art rendered by living musicians in the theatre be restored to them. The Music Defense League, through which the American public are voicing their vehement protest against the elimination of real music from the theatre, is growing with astounding rapidity. The League has passed the two-million mark in less than three short months of effort. Votes in defense of national culture still pour in.
If you, too, would like to register your resentment against substitution of soulless, mechanical reproduction of music and the elimination of real music in motion picture theatres…if you would like to insist upon getting your money’s worth in entertainment when you and your children attend the theatre, sign this coupon and mail it today.”