Collecting Vintage Hollywood & Movie Star Photographs

Created to feed the Hollywood studio publicity machine, Hollywood and movie star photos have become the visual record of the history of motion pictures and the era of the great motion picture studios. As a result of the increasing interest in its history and the people who made the movies, the images that captured that magic have become recognized as an art form in themselves and are becoming an important and vibrant part of collecting vintage Hollywood movie memorabilia. To learn more about collecting Hollywood and Movie Star Photographs, please check out this video.

Publicity Photographs

The Hollywood movie studios’ publicity departments had their stars photographed, usually in a photo studio, posing for images that could be used for designing ad art to advertise their films. These publicity photographs not only had the actors photographed as themselves but also “in character,” which in turn were used  to create “Lobby Cards” to promote the film as a coming attraction. The photographs of the stars were also used to promote clothing lines and an amazing variety of merchandise — all of which have become collectibles as in-demand vintage Hollywood movie memorabilia..

Lobby Cards

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Scene Stills

The most popular and collectible genre of vintage Hollywood movie memorabilia is referred to as “scene stills.” This name came about because part of the production process was to record all scenes filmed in order to document a photo narrative of the screenplay and to test costumes, hair, make-up and to capture images of the sets once the were completed and decorated.. These images were also used to show directors and production staff hard at work.


Vintage Movie Star Photos

Hollywood’s photography studios, often on the studio lots, were busy with portraiture, glamour and pin-up-style photography of the stars. Here is where some of the most famous photographers of the day worked. Highly collectible is the work of George Hurrell, Clarence Bull, Ruth Harriet Louise, Cecil Beaton, Floyd McCarty, Eugene Richee and many others.

Many collectors who love vintage Hollywood movie memorabilia prize film star photos. The purpose of these photographs was to capture a movie star’s role or to promote that star. The stars were rarely left alone and a photographer was often available to capture them at home, so their social lives were always the subject of the still camera.

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Visit Turner Classic Movies’ Summer Under The Stars 2018 featuring such stars as Marlene Dietrich, Leslie Howard and stars of film musicals such as Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Eddie Cantor, Ginger Rogers, Eleanor Powell, Jeanette MacDonald, Rita Hayworth and the films of Busby Berkeley.

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Vintage Movie Posters – The Art of Collecting and Storing

Many Hollywood movies benefit from the beauty of vintage movie posters. Posters were designed to help promote the film because they generate visual appeal and interest to the public. Most vintage movie posters are considered quality works of art. These vintage movie posters have piqued the interest of savvy art and Hollywood memorabilia collectors.

If you are a collector of theatrical prints – movie lobby cards, posters, still photos or movie star photographs, let us help you learn how to properly store your collection to keep them in excellent condition.

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Vintage Movie Posters Storage and Preservation

Collecting movie memorabilia and prints are similar to collecting baseball cards. You need to handle them with care and make sure they are appropriately stored. If you have grown  your collection, storage can be an issue primarily when your favorite works of art occupy your walls.

In preparation for storage, make sure your work area is clean and dry. Every collector should consider these factors:

  • Moisture or water damage
  • Humidity that can attract molds and fungus growth
  • The heat that makes paper brittle and brown
  • The light that may fade the poster’s colors
  • Critters that may eat through your storage system

After prepping your area and posters, ask if the movie poster should be stored flat, rolled or folded. Flat storage is the ideal method in preserving vintage movie posters. Due to the poster’s size, it requires a significant amount of space. Acid-free containers are advised to protect your collection from dirt and acids.

If space is an issue, you can opt for rolled storage. Storing several vintage movie posters in a rigid tube, every poster should have acid-free dividers and should also be rolled in acid-free plastic. This will preserve your poster from possible damage.

Lastly, a folded poster is ordinary for collectors who don’t have the luxury of storage space. However, it can create creases and weakness in the poster that may decrease its value.

Properly stored vintage movie posters are a way to preserve and keep your collection in excellent condition.

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Collecting Hollywood Movie Memorabilia

Once Upon a Time at MGM


Vintage Original Hollywood Movie Memorabilia, as an investment-worthy collectibles category, came of age in 1970 when MGM sold the contents of seven sound stages to auctioneer David Weisz for the ridiculous sum of $1.5 million. Included in the lot were over 350,000 costumes, furniture and decorative-art related items, automobiles, busses, trains, tanks, boats, ships, airplanes and space capsules that had been designed and built or purchased to create the background tapestry of hundreds of the studio’s productions.

Weisz “recouped eight times” what he had paid from eager nostalgia enthusiasts. The centerpiece of the auction, Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz, sold for the then-astronomical price of $15,000. Actress Debbie Reynolds spent a reported $600,000 to purchase thousands of items, which became the foundation of Reynolds’ enormous collection. A few of the highlights of items sold were: the full-size sailing ship from Mutiny on the Bounty, Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding gown worn in Father of the Bride, Clark Gable’s trench coat worn in several films, a group of swimsuits worn by Esther Williams, Johnny Weissmuller’s loin cloth worn in Tarzan films of the 1940s. and the Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz. The unsold items, “… truckloads of costume sketches, movie stills and other memorabilia were sent to the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas to be sold in the gift shop and used as hotel decorations”. The auction catalogs have now themselves become sought-after collectibles.

For a glimpse of what went on at that fabled auction take a look at this period video describing it:

What a Pair of Ruby Slippers Can Do

Besides taking you home to Kansas, Dorothy’s $15,000 ruby slippers made it clear to film enthusiasts and collectors that vintage original movie memorabilia, including movie posterslobby cardsmove star photographs and production shotsfilm scriptscostumes, costume and set designs, props, marketing materials––in fact almost any movie-related or screen-seen object, had value and was worth collecting. This became abundantly clear in the late 1980s when another pair of Dorothy’s footwear sold for $165,000, Charlie Chaplin’s signature hat and cane sold for $150,000, and Marilyn Monroe’s trademark halter-top dress, worn in the The Seven Year Itch (seen above), sold for a comparable price.

The ”Big Boys” Take Notice

With ever-increasing prices being paid for vintage original Hollywood movie memorabilia, larger auction houses such as Christie’sSotheby’s and Bonhams created their own departments devoted to its curation and sale. Today, Hollywood movie memorabilia is recognized as an important collectable category with ever-escalating hammer prices. This has caused Wall Street investment bankers and collectors to acknowledge that Hollywood movie memorabilia is as worthy an asset investment as fine art or the collection of automobiles.

The Importance of “Provenance”

A vital factor in buying and selling Vintage Original Hollywood Movie Memorabilia is determined by an item’s provenance and valuation.  These two factors are determined through:

  • Authentication – establishing a piece as a vintage original and not a reproduction, the date it was issued and any additional history or documentation it might possess.
  • Evaluation — giving an accurate evaluation of the condition of the piece so that a prospective buyer has a clear and accurate understanding of the condition of their potential purchase.

Curatorial Process

WalterFilm’s Curatorial Process  involves both Authentication and Evaluation and we provide our clients with a Certificate of Authenticity describing such for every piece we sell.

Hollywood’s 12 Most Expensive Pieces of Movie Memorabilia

Here are the 12 most expensive pieces of Hollywood Movie Memorabilia as detailed in this excellent  ScreenRant Article by Cailin Coane, dated January 4, 2017.


Marilyn Monroe’s white ivory cocktail dress is one of the most famous dresses in history, for the moment that became one of the twentieth century’s most iconic images. In The Seven Year Itch (1955), Monroe’s character steps onto a grate in the sidewalk, making her dress fly up to expose her legs. The moment has been parodied in everything from Shrek 2 to Blades of Glory, and it helped etch Monroe permanently into Hollywood history.

The scene originally was to be shot outside the Trans-Lux 52nd Street Theatre at 1:00 am, but the cameras and Monroe caught the attention of hundreds of fans, ruining the shot. Director Billy Wilder had to reshoot the scene on a set at 20th Century Fox.

Like Audrey Hepburn’s ascot dress, Monroe’s dress sold as part of the late Debbie Reynolds’ Hollywood collection. It sold for $4.6 million, making it the most expensive movie costume, or prop of any kind, in history.


Audrey Hepburn’s Edwardian black and white lace dress was designed by Cecil Beaton, who snagged the Academy Awards for costume design and art direction for his efforts. My Fair Lady (1964) also won Best Picture, Best Actor (Rex Harrison), Best Directing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, and Best Score.

The costume was worn during the musical number “Ascot Gavotte,” which features Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Hepburn) out in high society for the first time, where she pokes fun at the activities (or lack thereof) of the English upper class.

The dress (and matching hat) sold in 2011 for $4.5 million as part of a collection from late actress Debbie Reynolds, who collected over 3,500 costumes from films throughout Hollywood history — including Gone with the WindThe Sound of Music, and Casablanca — in the hopes of one day creating a Hollywood museum.


One of two cars that were used in the making of Goldfinger (1964), James Bond’s 1965 Aston Martin DB5 convertible sold for $4.4 million in 2010. The car sold was known as the “Road Car”; during filming, it was used for regular driving, and was only outfitted with Bond’s signature gadgets after filming was complete. Interestingly, Goldfinger was the film where gadgets became a key part of the Bond franchise.

The Road Car went on to star in Thunderball (1965) the following year. It was then sold in 1969 to radio executive Jerry Lee for $12,000. It was mainly kept in storage until its most recent sale in London, where it was bought by Ohio collector Harry Yeaggy.

The other Aston Martin, known as the “Effects Car,” was given add-ons such as rotating plates and guns that appeared through the tail lights. It was stolen in 1997 from an airport hangar in Boca Raton, and has yet to be recovered.


The Maltese Falcon (1941), one of the true classics of film noir, was the directorial debut of John Huston, also known for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The African Queen, and stars Humphrey Bogart as world-weary private detective Sam Spade in search of the titular statuette. The statuette sold in 2013 for $4.1 million to Las Vegas hotel and casino billionaire Steve Wynne.

Some have contended as to whether the statuette is the real prop used in the film, as the actors purportedly used plaster stand-ins as opposed to the 45 lb. lead statuette. However, the prop in question has been confirmed as having appeared in the film; its bent tail feather, which can be seen at the end when Spade carries it out of his apartment, occurred during filming when actress Lee Patrick dropped it while handing it to Bogart.


Actor Bert Lahr’s most recognizable role was his turn as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. Though he may not have had the most memorable songs in the musical – “If I Were King of the Forest” somehow isn’t quite as catchy as “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” – he certainly had the most memorable get-up. The Cowardly Lion costume, made from real lion fur, sold in 2014 for $3 million after being found abandoned in an old MGM building. The costume was bought by James Comisar for his Museum of TV in Phoenix, Arizona, where it is still on display.

Lahr was chosen for the role for his comedic skills; his ad-libbed lines made his co-stars, especially Judy Garland, laugh during filming, causing director Victor Fleming to call for take after take. When the film was a success, Lahr was warned about the possibility that he’d be typecast. “Well, yeah,” he reportedly said, “but how many parts are there for lions?


It’s probably the first image that comes to mind when you think of The Sound of Music (well, right after Julie Andrews spinning around in a field belting out “The Hills Are Alive”). The outfits Maria makes from old curtains for the seven Von Trapp children are recognized all over the world, as well as the song they sing during a montage of day trips in Salzburg while wearing them. “Do, a deer, a female deer…” There, now it will never leave your head, either.

The Sound of Music came out in 1965, another smash hit for Julie Andrews after her starring role in Mary Poppins the year before. The Sound of Music went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing Gone with the Wind (ironically, another film well-known for its curtain costume), and it held that title for five years.

The costumes are, indeed, made from real curtain material; the designer, Dorothy Jeakins, won an Oscar nomination for her work on the film. Despite being made of essentially canvas, the Do-Re-Mi outfits sold for $1.5 million in 2013.


Le Mans (1971) features a fictional account of the annual 24-hour auto race in Le Mans, France. Starring Steve McQueen, it was initially a box office flop, but over the years it garnered praise for its authenticity by using the actual Le Mans circuit, footage of the race captured by a participating car, and well-known drivers and actual Le Mans race cars. It has consequently gained a cult following, to the point where fans are willing to go to extraordinary measures to own a piece of its memorabilia.

McQueen’s racing suit was originally donated after the film’s release to the British newspaper The Observer as a prize for a Le Mans-themed trivia contest, which was won by twelve-year-old Thomas Davies. Davies sold the suit in 2011 for $155,000; three and a half months later, it was sold again, this time at the Icons of Hollywood auction in Beverly Hills, for $984,000, making it the most expensive piece of racing memorabilia ever sold.


James Bond is synonymous with glamorous cars, and the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) is no exception. The vehicle is a submarine specially built for the film with the bodyshell of a Lotus Esprit. Six Esprits in total were used during filming, modified for the water, with fins where the wheels would be. The vehicle was dubbed “Wet Nellie,” after the autogyro called “Little Nellie” in You Only Live Twice (1967).

After filming was completed, Wet Nellie was placed in storage in Long Island, New York. After ten years, its storage unit was auctioned off for less than one hundred dollars, the buyer initially unaware of the unit’s contents. From 1989 to 2013, he occasionally exhibited the vehicle, restoring its exterior. It was eventually sold at auction in London in 2013 to business magnate Elon Musk, who has plans to use Tesla Motors’ electric drive train to make the car-submarine functional.


It’s one of the most famous opening scenes in Hollywood history: Holly Golightly — played by Audrey Hepburn in her most iconic role — emerges from a yellow taxi on 5th Avenue. She nibbles a pastry while looking in the Tiffany’s shop window, wearing “the most famous little black dress of all time.”

The dress was created by Hubert de Givenchy, a French designer (with clients such as Jackie Kennedy) and a close friend of Audrey Hepburn’s, for whom he designed nearly all of her personal and professional wardrobe. For Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Givenchy not only designed the black Italian satin sheath gown, but chose the accessories to accompany it: Holly’s pearls, cigarette holder, black hat, and black opera gloves.

One copy of the dress sold in 2006 for $806,000, a huge price tag that surprised many. Two other copies of the dress remain – one in Givenchy’s archive, the other in a costume museum in Madrid.


While Mary Poppins (1964) is more well known in the public eye, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) is another British musical that can conjure up childhood nostalgia, especially for those enchanted by its eponymous flying car. The film stars Dick Van Dyke as the inventor Caractacus Potts, and chronicles his adventures with his two children and Truly Scrumptious as they seek to sell his inventions and evade Baron Bomburst and his evil (and frankly, pretty terrifying) Child Catcher.

Six cars in total were created for the film, including an engineless version for the trailers, a car for the flying scenes, a car for the transformations, and a smaller version for driving scenes. After filming was completed, all six were fitted with engines and used to promote the film around the world. One car was a fully functioning road-ready car with genuine UK registration; this was the car that sold in 2011 for $805,000 to famed director Peter Jackson, who now uses it as a fundraising vehicle.


1939 gave us a slew of Hollywood classics: Gone with the WindMr. Smith Goes to Washington, and The Wizard of Oz. Victor Fleming’s latter masterpiece also gave us one of the most famous props in movie history: Dorothy’s ruby slippers. Worn by Judy Garland, only four of the original pairs survive, with one pair permanently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The original book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, actually had Dorothy wearing silver shoes. The producers of the film decided to change the color to red, as it would show up better against the yellow brick road. In a film with a dazzling (and now iconic) change from black and white to color, every advantage of Technicolor had to be taken.

One pair of the ruby slippers was sold in 2000 for $666,000. In 2005, the pair at The Judy Garland Museum was stolen. Ten years later, in 2015, a reward for one million dollars was issued for anyone with information on the stolen slippers’ whereabouts.


The 1982 DeLorean DMC-12 has become synonymous with time travel. The only car DeLorean ever manufactured, it burst onto the pop culture scene with the 1985 release of Back to the Future. Equipped with a flux capacitor built by inventor Doc Brown, in the film, it travels through time when it hits 88 miles per hour.

There were originally seven cars in total used in the making of the Back to the Future trilogy, and only three remain in existence. The one sold at auction in 2011 was mainly used in the third movie, with part of the proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Soon, though, the DeLorean will be available for purchase for any die-hard Back to the Future fans with the means, as the car will be going back into production in early 2017. DeLorean — who’s only stayed in business by refurbishing old DMC-12s — are planning to make three hundred replicas of the original. The replicas will reportedly cost about $100,000 each; now we just need to invent the flux capacitor!


Since 1982, WalterFilm’s primary focus has been on the glorious history of the European and Hollywood Motion Picture Business. We offer the finest selection of original vintage movie postersmovie star photoslobby cardsmovie scripts & rare books and Hollywood movie memorabilia. We also deal in sub-specialties of theater and stage, African American cultural history, as well as LGBTQ film, stage, art, and social history. Our goal is to search out and offer the most outstanding pieces we can find.

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Places or Resources to Find Vintage Movie Scripts, Rare Books and Collections

Book and vintage collectors may also enjoy the hobby of collecting movie scripts, rare books, and collections. Book enthusiasts have a trained eye for determining if an old pile of papers are junk or highly valuable. For collectors, collecting movie screenplays and old books is a way for them to relive the golden era of Hollywood. Reading old movie scripts and screenplays allows one’s imagination to recall the experience of watching a classic movie.

If you’re new to collecting collectible memorabilia, here are places and resources where you can find old movie scripts, rare books, and collections.

Movie Scripts, Rare Books and Collections

#1 Auctions

Attending auctions are one of the few ways to buy great valuable movie scripts, rare books, and collections within your local vicinity. In the event auctions are hosted in a different state or country, do quick research to determine if the auction company that handles the event allows online live auction.

#2 Join groups and clubs

Several online communities and groups share your same interests and sentiments. Often, these online groups host events or group gatherings for buying, selling or swapping collections. Being in the circle grants you information and greater access to movie scripts, rare books, and collections.

#3 Attend estate sales events

Your neighbor from ten blocks away may be a collector or an avid fan of Old Hollywood. Attending estate sales events or garage sales opens an opportunity to take a good look at the family’s prized collection and eventually buy them at a fair price.

#4 Specialized boutiques

If you’re an expert in a specialized collection, going to a specialized boutique that showcases movie scripts, rare books and collections is the best option. Most boutiques that sell their collection have a website setup. You can freely browse their selection and checkout anytime. If you want to see the item yourself, you can send them a message for an exclusive appointment.

If you’re looking for unique, one-of-a-kind movie memorabilia online, has an online portfolio of original vintage movie posters, movie star photographs, movie lobby cards, movie scripts, rare books and several memorabilia related to movies.

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Collecting African American Movie Memorabilia

African Americans have made an enormous contribution to American culture as actors, dancers, singers, and musicians. Whether it’s African American movie posters, movie star photographs, lobby cards, marketing materials or film scripts, these visual affirmations of their artistry and success have grown ever more popular as objects to be collected by both private and institutional collectors.

African American Heritage

Since our inception, WalterFilm has been actively involved in searching out and offering both archives and individual pieces that capture our country’s rich African American film, stage and musical heritage.  What you see here is but a tiny sampling of our vintage original movie memorabilia that reflect African American cultural history.

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UNCLE TOM’S CABIN (1927)  Original souvenir program for silent film adaptation of Stowe novel, which offered significant roles for African American actors, who rarely got to do much of consequence in American cinema of the 1920’s.


THE NICHOLAS BROTHERS, a collection of 10 vintage photos of the legendary dancing team.

HI DE HO (1947)  This is one of three scarce lobby cards from this Black cast musical which starred Cab Calloway (his only starring role in a feature film).

THE GREAT WHITE HOPE (1970)  Two vintage 14 x 11” double weight photos by Lawrence Schiller, of James Earl Jones in his career-making Broadway stage triumph in the role of Boxer Jack Johnson.

JOSEPHINE BAKER in LA CREOLE (1934)  Baker made an indelible impression on Parisian audiences in THE 1920’S, and, within a decade, she had become a recognized star of the French musical theater.  Here, we have a scarce vintage French 8 x 7 “ photo of her in a revival of a Jacques Offenback operetta at the Theatre Marigny.

DUTCHMAN (1967)  British quad poster, film adaptation of the trenchant novel by then-Leroi Jones, who subsequently changed his name to Amiri Baraka.  So here we have a rare poster for a film adapted from a significant piece of 1960’s African American theatre.

THE BIG TIME (1929)  Very early vintage 8 x 10” photographic portrait of Stepin Fetchit as he was about to emerge as one of the first African American “names” in the motion picture industry.

SHAFT (1971),  the original MGM presskit, which contains a slew of printed promotional text and a generous suite of 23 vintage 8 x 10” photos.  SHAFT is one of the mythic films of the 1970’s Blaxploitation film era.

THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1938 (1938)  Vintage 8 x 10” photo of an African American dance number from this Paramount musical film.

PLAIN AND FANCY (1955)  Vintage 10 ½ x 13” photo by the legendary African American photographer Gordon Parks of Barbara Cook and Shil Conway in this short-lived Broadway musical.

THE EMPEROR JONES (1933)  Vintage 10 x 8” photo of Paul Robeson, who made a great name for himself, first on stage, and then, after, in this film adaptation, of Eugene O’Neill’s play.

ONCE UPON A TIME…WHEN WE WERE COLORED (1994)  Vintage script for this critically acclaimed film script about African American life in the Mississippi Delta in 1946.

HALLELUJAH (1929)  Two vintage photos, one of King Vidor and crew, all knee-deep in a Southern swamp, as he directs this classic Black cast talking film; the other, of Vidor, which shows actress Honey Brown, who was supposed to play the female lead role of Chickie, but was replaced before shooting commenced, by Nina Mae McKinney.

These are all simply representative examples of what is a rich and fascinating area for collecting. We at WalterFilm invite you to explore it in our African American Collection.

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Hollywood Movie Memorabilia Boutiques

Collectibles and Hollywood movie memorabilia can be searched and seen in online boutiques or hobby craft stores. Through the help of internet and the world wide web, unique memorabilia can be found online. Only search for movie props or memorabilia in the Google search box, and you’ll be amazed by the results you’ll see.

Hollywood movie memorabilia that is posted online encourages collectors and Hollywood fans alike to engage and share in this passion. It’s also a way to sell or trade collectible items from different parties or collector.

In the city of Angels, there’s a lot of vintage stores to shop in. Since Los Angeles is home for movie productions, it’s also the perfect destination to shop for one-of-a-kind Hollywood movie memorabilia. There are all levels of memorabilia to choose from that include rare, quality and vintage productions to mass produced, copied products.

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Hollywood Movie Memorabilia and Surprises

If you’re a great fan the old Hollywood age, you’ll be surprised to know that there are boutiques or exhibit showrooms that cater this niche. Do you love the movie Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula, AnnaKareNina, and movies from the early 1900’s? A few specialty shops from the original movie collection niche showcase costume sketches, movie scripts, set designs, posters, photographs, and promotional items from Hollywood since the late 1800’s until present day.

Anything that is involved in the movie-making process can be considered movie memorabilia. Those that are vintage and original increase in value over time.

Considerations Before Purchase

If you’re a fan or an avid Hollywood collector yourself, you can safeguard your interest by learning the basics of buying vintage Hollywood movie memorabilia. Trading and buying from eBay or Etsy may be the economical but can also cost you in authenticity or quality.

It is highly recommended that you shop with known curators, exhibitors or specialty stores. Assurance of item authenticity is guaranteed. You can request official documents for item validation.

If you’re looking for unique, one-of-a-kind movie memorabilia online, has an online portfolio of original vintage movie posters, movie star photographs, movie lobby cards, movie scripts, rare books and several memorabilia related to movies.

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Collecting Academy Award Memorabilia

Collecting vintage original movie memorabilia is a great way to enjoy the movies that you love and have made an impact on your life. And there are so many ways you can go about it. Many collect favorite vintage original movie star photographs, or a film genre or movie scripts, movie posters, lobby cards or a whole range of motion picture marketing materials and move related merchandise.

Academy Award Memorabilia
Peter O’Toole in the Academy Award winning film, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

Collecting vintage original movie memorabilia is a great way to enjoy the movies that you love and have made an impact on your life. And there are so many ways you can go about it. Many collect favorite vintage original movie star photographs, or a film genre or movie scripts, movie posters, lobby cards or a whole range of motion picture marketing materials and move related merchandise.

With the Academy Awards once again in the air, and Turner Classic Movies presenting their yearly “31 Days of Oscar” series, we are reminded of a popular aspect of our business, collecting vintage original Academy Award winning memorabilia.

Academy Award Winning Poster Collectors

In fact, WalterFilm has a video featuring collectors who focus on vintage original posters from Academy Award nominated and winning films.

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Academy Award Winning Collector Choices

The Academy itself has made a point of collecting a “one sheet” from every Best Picture winner.  That is a rather daunting task for a collector other than the Academy, as some of the early titles are near impossible to find. But more possible would be for a collector to begin collecting original lobby cards or photographs from each of the winners–photos of each of the actors or directors who won…

…or a great scene photograph from each of the winners.    Some collectors even collect photos of the Award ceremonies and of the winners with their awards.

How The Academy Awards Began

The Awards themselves started as a simple dinner party at which the talent of the industry set out to honor what they felt was the best in that year’s creative film making.  It took a while for it to build and for the winning of an Award to mean continued employment in the industry.  The simple dinner and dance (with a few bits of entertainment and speeches) gave way to a theatre presentation in the 1940s and then the gala televised event we have to this day starting in the 1950s.

Vintage Original Academy Award Winning Memorabilia

Amongst the Academy Award winning memorabilia we have are original exhibition photographs from GONE WITH THE WIND (Best Picture 1939);  Pressbook from SUNRISE (Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production 1927) (original photo from CASABLANCA (Best Picture 1943);  Behind the scenes photo for THE LOST WEEKEND (Best Picture 1945); Pressbook for FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (Best Picture 1953); vintage original press kit from THE GODFATHER: PART II (Best Picture 1975) as well as items from many Academy Award winners in other categories, including  CHINATOWN, GASLIGHT, MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN, PINOCCHIO, THE WIZARD OF OZ and many others.

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Roles of a Contemporary Art Curator

A contemporary art curator is responsible for managing, assembling and displaying photographic collections. They are usually in charge of exhibit collections in art galleries, conventions, and museums. Another aspect of their  job description is to interpret art. They typically curate content, write essays and labels that support the art exhibition.

Contemporary Art Curator Duties

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There’s more to it than managing collections and implementing successful art exhibits. More of their responsibilities involve:

  • Manage art collections – The contemporary art curator is an experienced professional who knows how to record and put into catalogs the items within a collection. They are also responsible for acquiring a new set of art collections.
  • Research and authentication – Intensive research is required to validate the value of an art collection. Curators are also expected to seek and present adequate documents that will support an item’s authenticity.
  • Planning and implementation of an exhibit – One of the core responsibilities of a contemporary art curator is to conceptualize, plan, setup and manage an art exhibit. They are the people behind the acquisition and presentation of high valued art that came from crowd-sourced prominent artists or public museums. This job can be a fun and a  dreadful experience at the same time. But a successful art event is worth all the trouble and stress.
  • Publication – Art curators, in general, should be knowledgeable of the art market and possess in-depth knowledge of their art collections. They help in creating content for publication and give insightful information to journals and books.

Contemporary art curators have their niche or specialty. Some have invested their time learning and loving the art of clay or molding. Some curators may be into vintage movie posters and old Hollywood memorabilia. Others may be fond of collecting and evaluating priceless painting from the 17th century.

No matter what niche an art curator is interested, their core roles and responsibilities remain the same. If you have a valuable collection and would like them to be exhibited, contact a local contemporary art curator to assist you. He or she can be able to set your collections in their coming exhibits which can attract buyers and collectors.

About Walter Reuben and WalterFilm:

Walter Reuben is a contemporary art curator of vintage original Hollywood photos, movie posters and lobby cards.  He is an expert in rare books and original movie scripts. Some of his specialties include African American Hollywood memorabilia.  WalterFilm provides the finest selection of original movie star photos, movie scripts & rare books, lobby cards, vintage movie posters and Hollywood movie memorabilia that focus on the glorious history of the European and Hollywood Motion Picture Business. Visit the website at to learn more.

Collecting Movie Star Photos – An Introduction

Collecting vintage photographs and movie star photos is a worthwhile hobby. Today, one can appreciate an old picture because of it’s exciting imagery, subject matter or the history it shows. For old Hollywood enthusiasts, it can be a means of collecting a memorable  scene within a movie that can be valuable. There’s always a reason for obtaining movie star photos and it can be for a personal or subjective reason.

Rare movie star photos can be precious. A signed Hollywood star photograph can be worth thousands of dollars, but that’s not always the case. Several considerations or factors can affect the value of an old photo.

An Introduction to Collecting Movie Star Photos

Movie Star Photos

There are several types of printed photographs from the 19th century. There were CDV, ambrotype process, tintype, cab cards, and the most expensive of them all, the daguerreotype. A collector should also be familiar with these types as it can be a factor as well on how valuable the movie star photos are.

Other factors that can affect the value of a vintage photograph for movie star photos are:

  • Condition: The less creases and handling marks, the higher the cost
  • Rareness: Fewer copies mean higher value
  • Originals or reprints: It is self-explanatory that an original photo is more expensive than reprints. However, reprints are widely used as publicity or movie advertisement and are reprinted in a certain number. They can also be valuable.
  • Signed: Movie star photos that are autographed by an actor or actress themselves are very much valuable.
  • Photographers: The works of highly respected photographers such as George Hurrell, Cecil Beaton, Floyd McCarty are famous back in the day. Knowing who took the photographs can give the collector an idea of its value.

Movie Stills and Movie Star Photos

Photo stills from a movie are a visual history of motion pictures. Almost every aspect of the film is captured in this medium, which is unique. Most photo or scene stills are captured by photographers as snap images of the process to showcase the making of a movie.

As for movie star photos, it is common in Hollywood’s photography studios to shoot glamour and pin-up-style photography of the stars. These images are used to promote an actor or actress and their role in the movie.

Photo stills and movie star photos are a collectible form of art. Capturing moments during the old Hollywood era is art itself. It has piqued the interest of many and is now becoming highly collectible.

About WalterFilm:

WalterFilm provides the finest selection of original movie star photos, movie scripts & rare books, lobby cards, vintage movie posters and Hollywood movie memorabilia that focus on the glorious history of the European and Hollywood Motion Picture Business. Visit our website at to learn more about us.

Joan Crawford & Bette Davis – Together Again


Bette Davis and Joan Crawford’s feuding and fighting relationship in the wonderfully entertaining FX Television mini-series FEUD from producer Ryan Murphy has sparked a renewed interest in the lives and work of these legendary stars of the silver screen.  It’s this interest that convinced us to focus our attention on these two extraordinary women and put together a fabulous collection of their images and artifacts as the Current Exhibit of our new website,

The Actresses Prepare

Joan Crawford was the ultimate movie star, she was created by the movie system, her personality cultivated and talent trained. She learned her craft during the later days of silent movies and was fortunate to become an even bigger star in talking films.

Davis was a consummate actress, theatre trained, her talent used to great advantage in early talkies, her attention to her craft and dedication to her work making her one of the biggest stars of the 1930s.

Their different approaches to film acting may have been at odds with each other, but, being under contract to different studios, they had little reason for rivalry.  Their feud, as it has come to be known, however, did start this early.

The Man Who Got Away

Franchot Tone was the reason.  Under contract to MGM, he had already made 4 of 7 films with Joan Crawford before being loaned to Warner Brothers for the 1935 DANGEROUS with Bette Davis.  He and Crawford were having a passionate affair, but Bette fell for him. Davis and Tone were both from East Coast families, with sensibilities to match.  Tone was also theatre trained and serious about acting.  He, however .was smitten with Crawford and soon after finishing DANGEROUS, they married.  Crawford was aware of Davis’ crush and Davis never forgave Crawford for marrying Franchot Tone.

Too Many Stars On The Warner Brothers Lot

BetteDavisAndCastDressRehearsalALLABOUTEVE-blogWhat truly cemented the two stars’ dislike of each other was Joan Crawford’s move to a Warner Brothers in 1944 following the end of her 18 years with MGM in 1943.  Bette was Warner Brother’s reigning female star.  She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, for 1935 and 1938.  Between 1939 and 1945, she was nominated 6 more times. The awards and nominations were important.

They now were in competition, and Crawford soon won an Academy Award for her first Warner Brother’s starring role, that of Mildred in MILDRED PIERCE.  Crawford’s star rose once again in Hollywood with her career resurgence while Davis’ roles became less invigorating and her position less prominent at Warner Brothers.  Crawford would even be nominated again in 1947.

Upon Davis leaving her alma mater after17 years, she sailed gloriously back to the top of the industry in 1950 with ALL ABOUT EVE, earning yet another Academy Award nomination.

Both stars proved to be aggressive and re-invented their images as they moved through their 40’s during the 1950s, Joan playing the glamorous cougar and Bette moving into character roles. They both would compete for 1952’s Academy Award for Best Actress. Fortunately, Shirley Booth won.  By the end of the decade they had passed their 50th nirthdays. Many of the star actresses of their class had either moved into character roles, television or left the business. While Crawford chose to retire, Davis kept busy in quality low budget films, television, and in theatre.

Whatever Happened To Baby Jane


The sudden death of Joan Crawford’s  husband of three years, Alfred Steele, put her back in the market for work.  She indeed found the book WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE, and wanted to work with Davis, knowing that the story would work brilliantly with the two of them.  It did.

There was tension, there were problems.  They have been well documented, but both looked at this film as their new lease on a career.  Both were aware that an Academy Award, for them, meant a new lease on superior projects.  To Bette Davis, the Academy Award meant, perhaps more to her than any other star of her generation.  She put great stock in it.

She was nominated for Best Actress, Crawford was not nominated at all.  This was the huge breaking point.   Crawford seemingly purposely campaigned against Davis and commanded the backstage of the Awards ceremony with her own party, having finagled her position as presenter that night.  When Anne Bancroft won, Crawford went on stage to accept for her.

The huge success of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE gave both stars a new genre of film to excel in.  Soon some of their friends and contemporaries did films in the same horror genre.  Of course audiences looked forward to a re-teaming of Crawford and Davis.  Initially Bette Davis, seemingly putting aside her bad feelings towards Crawford relented in the reteaming for HUSH… HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE. Though Crawford finished several scenes in a very professional manner, which Davis appreciated her for, a long delay occurred due to Crawford’s supposed illness.  After that, Davis no longer had any patience and Crawford was no longer doing her job.  She was fired and replaced by Olivia de Havilland.

Whatever Happened After Baby Jane

Crawford would continue in the horror style genre through 1970.  Bette would live and work longer, making films till 1989.   Neither had much to do with each other, but both would often, when asked about the other be polite and diplomatic and express genuine appreciation for each other’s professionalism and talent.

In the end, they were two highly competitive, aggressive career women who fought to keep working, fought and pioneered for women in the industry and perhaps were more alike in many ways than either would have ever admitted.  They at least were able to appreciate each other for those positive contributions each made to the industry.

Please visit our Current Exhibition honoring Joan Crawford and Bette Davis and enjoy the many images and artifacts that cover their colorful careers.

Written by Woolsey Ackerman – Walter Film’s Hollywood Archivist

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