|Young Hollywood (1927)|
|The Love Master (1924)|
After giving Rob a preliminary list of titles, I started looking at the slides more closely. Gladly and willingly, I must add, as these items are really lovely and fun to look at. And the fix was fairly quick and easy. I looked at all the types of slides we seemed to have and expanded upon the field in our database that until that time described them only as “glass slide.”
|Outside the Law (1920)|
I simply increased the choices in that field to make the categories more specific:
- Glass slide - coming attraction
- Glass slide - song
- Glass slide - general announcement
- Glass slide - advertisemen
- Glass slide - subject
|General Announcement Slide|
In looking at this collection, I found some interesting slides that are out of the norm of the typical coming attractions slides for Hollywood films. One group of slides I found that still needed to be processed (cataloged and re-housed at the item level) came from – of all places – the Wisconsin State Penitentiary.
|Comic slide from Wisconsin State Penitentiary|
|"The End" slide from Wisconsin State Penitentiary|
Four other slides stood out from the other coming attraction slides – these are for imported Czechoslovakian films shown in the U.S. As with the St. George and the Dragon slide from our collection that Rob previously wrote about here, these appear to have been aimed at immigrant audiences. Note that Bohemian titles are used as a selling point on one slide, and both Bohemian and English sub-titles on another.
|Enchanting Eyes (1924) Starý hrích (1930)|
This is just a sampling of some of the more unusual glass slides in our collection. I thought these would be interesting to share because, being outside the norm, they’re less likely to be seen otherwise. But I’d also like to share some samples of the more typical coming attractions slides, some of my favorites. I worked as a telephone operator when I was in college, so I really love the tag line on the slide for Daughters of the Night!
|Tell it to the Marines (1926) The Gold Rush (1925) Flesh and the Devil (1926)|
|The Golden Bed (1925) Matinee Ladies (1927) Dance Madness (1926)|
|Daughters of the Night (1924) Moana (1926) Lilies of the Field (1924)|
-- NANCY KAUFFMAN
Nancy Kauffman is the archivist for the Stills, Posters and Paper Collections in the Motion Picture Department at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. The collections in her care exceed 3 million objects including stills, lobby cards, posters, press books, music cue sheets and scores for silent films, scripts, pre-cinema artifacts, and manuscript collections.
All slide images courtesy George Eastman House