Sunday, July 24, 2011

Silent Film Star Bookplates -Part One

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  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.

Two Excellent blog postings about Hollywood homes and 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:

Theo Bikel is a character actor, folk singer and musician.He made his film debut in The African Queen and was nominated for an academy award for his supporting role as Sheriff Max Muller in The Defiant Ones.
It took me over thirty five  years to get this bookplate.I wrote to him back when celebrities responded to inquiries. He wrote back that he had used a bookplate at one time but no longer knew where they were.
This copy was in a recently purchased collection.

  • Ruth Chatterton was a celebrated American actress, novelist, and early aviatrixBornDecember 24, 1892, New York City, NYDiedNovember 24, 1961, Norwalk, CT
       SpouseBarry Thomson (m. 1942–1960)George Brent (m. 1932–1934),Ralph Forbes (m. 1924–1932

  • Billie Dove

    Dove was born Bertha Bohny in 1903 to Charles and Bertha (née Kagl) Bohny,Swiss immigrants. As a teen, she worked as a model to help support her family and was hired as a teenager by Florenz Ziegfeld to appear in his Ziegfeld Follies Revue. She legally changed her name to Lillian Bohny in the early 1920s. and migrated to Hollywood, where she began appearing in silent films. She soon became one of the most popular actresses of the 1920s, appearing in Douglas Fairbanks' smash hit Technicolor film The Black Pirate (1926), as Rodeo West in The Painted Angel (1929), and was dubbed The American Beauty (1927), the title of one of her films.
    She married the director of her seventh film, Irvin Willat, in 1923. The two divorced in 1929. Dove had a huge legion of male fans, one of her most persistent being Howard Hughes. She had a three-year romance with Hughes and was engaged to marry him, but she ended the relationship without ever giving cause. Hughes cast her as a comedian in his film Cock of the Air (1932). She also appeared in his movie The Age for Love (1931)
    Harrison K Ford1884-1957)
    Florence Eldridge(1901-1988)

     If you wish to add biographical information about any of these stars or send scans of similar bookplates from your own collection my contact address is

    1 comment:

    Dawn said...

    I loved Mary Louise Brook's bobbed haircut. Brooks is best known for her films: Pandora's Box (1929), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), and Prix de Beaute (1930).