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    Theda Bara's Personal Photo Album. From the perfumed lair of "The Vampire" herself! This was Theda Bara's personal scrapbook, circa 1920, in which the cinema's most exotic vamp paid tribute to her own lascivious allure. There are twelve 8" x 10" original portraits, 55 5" x 7" original portraits, and two 8" x 10" stills with other players. These last two, loose in the album, are stamped en verso by the William Fox Studios, with information about the respective productions (In the Light and When Men Desire, both 1919) and are both heralded as "A Theda Bara Super Production." The photos are truly stunning: Theda as Cleopatra, Theda with a raven on her shoulder, Theda clutching her hair, etc. While there are several benign shots (holding baby chicks or posing with her hound), the emphasis is overwhelmingly on the decadent. Many shots have the photographer's name in lower corner (mostly National of NY), with only a couple shots with chipped corners, and are in overall Excellent condition. The pictures might be nearly 90 years old, but the eyes are still haunting and hungry, and the artistry of Theodosia Goodman's transformation into "Theda Bara" still powerful. Theda personally presented this scrapbook to the consignor in 1955, shortly before her death. Marvelous cinema history from the lady who made it happen. From the Joan Craig Costume Archive of Theda Bara. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Joan Craig.

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    October, 2008
    4th-6th Saturday-Monday
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