Friday, August 18, 2006
Soylent Green ,Tom Mix And Sam Colt
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Years ago (1973) I saw a movie called Soylent Green with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson.It was , in fact, the last movie Mr. Robinson made.For those of you not familiar with the plot, it depicted a future society in which there was global warming, contamination of the food supply and one in which most people did not read. At the time it all seemed like nothing more than a fine film. Need I say anything more.
Edward G. Robinson and his wife Jane used a simple, off the shelf, (universal) bookplate.I do not know if Charlton Heston uses a bookplate, but I will write to him and keep you posted.
When I was about ten years old (1947) every week day around 4:30 I would religiously listen to the Tom Mix radio show.Tom Mix was a popular cowboy movie star who used an interesting die-cut bookplate in a simulated raw hide suede paper.
Many cowboy movie stars , especially those who were active in silent films used bookplates.Ken Maynard's bookplate is made with some sort of silk thread paper which is very delicate.
No self respecting western star would be without his Colt 44 so I have also included the bookplate for Samuel Colt (1814-1862) The inventor of the breech revolving pistol.
That's about all for now.I will try to add more biographical information about these people throughout the week and would encourage comments .
This looks like an interesting hobby, but you don't take the bookplates out of the books, do you???
Anyway, to make a long story longer, while going through the box(es) I came across one that had the Tom Mix book plate. The cover was shot but the insides intact. Better yet the book plate was in wonderful condition.
That is one item it will be up to my progeny to sell. I'm for keeping it as a start for my bookplate collection.