Friday, April 9, 2010

Speaking of old movie publications

Speaking of old movie publications . . . here is a real gem from the silent film era. Its Film Flashes: The Wit and Humor of a Nation in Pictures, published by the Leslie-Judge Company in 1916. The copy you see below is hosted on the Internet Archive, where it can be downloaded for free or read online.

Its hard to find out much information about Film Flashes, but it appears to be an annual - a compilation of material which appeared in earlier publications. According to Anthony Slide's just published book, Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine (see yesterday's blog), the Leslie-Judge Company published Film Fun beginning in 1914. Perhaps some of the material in Film Flashes comes from Film Fun, or from another Leslie-Judge annual which we've come across, Caricature: The Wit & Humor of a Nation in Picture, Song & Story. Its hard to say, as there is little bibliographical data about any of these publications to be found online. (Leslie-Judge also published a humor magazine titled Judge, as well as Leslie's Weekly.)

One thing we do know about Film Flashes is that it is a whole lot of fun and contains images and articles about many of the favorite film stars of the time. Among them are Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Norma Talmadge, Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand, Wallace Beery, Mary Fuller, Rozsika Dolly, and a young Bessie Love. There are also poems, bits of humor, cartoons, color plates, scene stills and more, including a serious article by Mrs. D.W. Griffith.

We've seen other editions of Film Flashes (also copyrighted in 1916) which differ from the edition shown below. If you know any more about these wonderful old publications, please post a comment.

1 comment:

  1. We recently found this book at my Parents house.
    Does this have any monetary value