Thursday, February 28, 2019

Three New Arrivals

John Cabell (Bunny ) Breckinridge

Does anyone out there recognize the artist's signature ?
It looks like it might be H T Pri ?? L

"Breckinridge was born in Paris, France to Adelaide Murphy and John Cabell Breckinridge Sr. (1879–1914), a wealthy Californian family. He was the great-great-great-grandchild of U.S. Attorney General John Breckinridge (and the great-grandchild of both U.S. Vice President and Confederate general John C. Breckinridge and Wells Fargo Bank founder Lloyd Tevis). He spent time at Eton College and Oxford University in England.

Bunny Breckinridge in Plan 9 from Outer Space
In 1958, Breckinridge agreed to play the role of an alien leader in the film Graverobbers from Outer Space (later retitled Plan 9 from Outer Space), directed by his friend, Ed Wood. Wood and Breckinridge were introduced to one another by their mutual friend Paul Marco, who played Kelton the Cop in three Wood films.
Breckinridge and Marco were living together in the latter's modest home at the time, despite the fact that he was a struggling B-movie actor and Breckinridge was an independently wealthy socialite. David Demering, who played the airplane co-pilot in the film, also lived with them.
Breckinridge's previous stage experience convinced Wood to cast him as the alien ruler who oversees an attempt to take over the Earth using an army of reanimated corpses. Indeed, his background made him one of the few truly experienced actors in the entire cast. Dressed in a pajama-like outfit which is curiously less ornate than those worn by his underlings, he sports very visible mascara and lipstick, and constantly rolls his eyes and mugs for the camera. Breckinridge continued his theatrical career throughout the 1950s, but in small local productions, such as playing the role of The Inquisitor in Richard Bailey's production of The Lark in Carmel.
By 1980, Plan 9 from Outer Space had amassed a cult following among B-movie buffs as the "worst film ever made", making Breckinridge's name known to a new generation. Meanwhile, he returned to stage acting, appearing mostly in local productions in San Francisco.
In 1994, Breckinridge was surprised to find himself portrayed as a character in a major motion picture, played by Bill Murray in Tim Burton's 1994 biopic Ed Wood. His advanced years and failing health, however, prevented him from participating in any of the publicity surrounding the film."
                                                                               Ref: Wikipedia


Here is another bookplate ( probably a woodcut) with an unknown artist.
I purchased it from Norman W. Johanson in Lancaster Pa.
He has a few more copies for sale .
His contact information is 

Emily W. Noyes

Some times I have to make  educated guesses about the bookplates added to my collection.
I studied this one for a while and decided to put it with my punning bookplates.
Perhaps that was not the owner's intention .
The artist might be Annie Blakeslee Hooper (another educated guess)
Ref Journal Of The Ex Libris Society , Volume XI  P.147

1 comment:

Beau Williamson said...

The Noyes bookplate is wonderful canting.