When television sets first become available to the general public in the late 1940's there were a number of silent films shown because there just was not enough original content to feed the TV monster..I was hooked on those early silent flicks and to this day I actively purchase silent film star bookplates.Not every bookplate I will include today is from the library of a silent film star .Some of these entertainers had long careers and some were not even in silent films but many started in silent films.
If you want to read more about this collecting niche I would recommend:
The 1930 Year Book of The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers .
It has a 15 page article by Hattie Gray Baker about motion picture bookplates.
Morris Ankrum (1896-1964) was a character actor whose film career spanned thirty years (mostly B films)
For instance, He appeared in Invaders From Mars, Rocket ship X-M and Cattle Queen of Montana.
7/25/2011 Additional information fromKate Doordan Klavin
"Morris Ankrum became a fixture of 1950-60's television, courtesy of the early Perry Mason shows. Ankrum was ubiquitous (if relatively quiet) as a judge who frequently presided over Perry's cases. In fact, with 22 portrayals refereeing Perry and DA Hamilton Burger, he was among the actors who appeared most often on the series other than the regular cast members."
Excellent blog posting about Hollywood homes and bookplates by Steve Vaught
77/27/2011 Another excellent link about Hollywood bookplates:
Photo shows Lionel Atwell (1885-1946) with his second wife Elsie Mackay. His bookplate was designed by Bank Gordon.
Here is a film clip with Richard Barthelmess 1895-1963) and Lillian Gish
Marie Anne Boland (1882-1965) American stage and film actress
Mary Louise Brooks (1925-1938) was an actress ,model and dancer.Here is a film clip: