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Film ad from The Moving Picture World magazine, 1907
"TERRIBLE TED — Adventures of a Youthful Victim of Dime-Novelitis in the Wild and Woolly West"
I think we all know some poor-fish-who-reads-the-titles-out-loud.
From Photoplay magazine, 1919

I think we all know some poor-fish-who-reads-the-titles-out-loud.

From Photoplay magazine, 1919

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”)

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”)

Terror Island, 1920
(It’s not a serial, you guys)

Terror Island, 1920

(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."

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."

Yolanda, window card, 1924
The City, 1926
"a Sensational Drama of Frenzied Love & Politics"

The City, 1926

"a Sensational Drama of Frenzied Love & Politics"

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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!!!

“Of the moonless nights they are kings,
darkness is their kingdom.
Carrying death and sowing terror
the dark Vampires fly,
with great suede wings,
ready not only to do evil… but to do even worse.”

Buster Keaton in one of a series of silent-themed ads for Simon Pure Beer.