54 Years Ago a Young Man Walks into a Movie Memorabilia Store and Decides to Collect Something on Every Movie Ever Made!
Yes, that’s the true story of Morris Everett Jr., one of the most deliberate and methodical collectors of historic vintage movie posters, lobby cards, photos and other original film publicity material. His collection ranges from the largest poster size 24-sheet outdoor “Billboard” all the way down to “Midget Window-Cards” with an emphasis on “Lobby Cards” — and encompasses near-complete coverage from the beginning of the careers of all the obvious stars.
Delving even deeper into the rarest of the rare, his collection includes virtually every vital and incredibly obscure early appearance of icons like Lon Chaney Sr., Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, The Three Stooges with Curly, The Marx Brothers, Rudolph Valentino, Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey plus important early films by directors like D.W. Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille, Erich von Stroheim, Joseph von Sternberg, John Ford, William Wellman, Howard Hawks, Billy Wilder, F.W. Murnau, Dorothy Arzner, Lois Weber, Alice Guy Blachè, and more…
Every serious dealer and collector going back over 50 years has been aware of Mr. Everett and his stated mission (from the very beginning in 1961) to build the one and only most comprehensive collection possible within his lifetime, and he has done exactly that, single-handedly mounting an incomparable historical archive on 107 years of cinema.
And now, Invaluable.com and Profiles in History have teamed up to auction off a variety of this exceptional movie memorabilia, much of which has been deemed some of the most significant movie promotional pieces ever made — a selection of 1,406 auction lots in all! The auction will be held on June 29 and 30th, starting at 11am PST on both days.
Unfortunately I won’t be bidding on any of these marvelous items, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to ‘window shop’, so that said, let me share some photos of these wonderful items with you…
Lot 24: Metropolis lobby card. (UFA, 1927)
Color lobby card for Metropolis. Thematically one of the best cards in the set, featuring Paramount color and design. Believed to be the only existing example of this card. Virtually unhandled. The original German poster for this film has twice sold privately, for well in excess of 1 million dollars. In very fine condition.
Lot 416: Frankenstein lobby card (Universal, 1931)
Color lobby card for Boris Karloff in Frankenstein. One of the best cards in the set. Professionally cleaned with marginal repairs. Now presents as fine condition.
Lot 464: A rare color lobby card for King Kong (RKO, 1933)
Color lobby card for King Kong. Widely considered the best in the set and one of the most highly desired horror lobby cards in existence. In very fine unrestored condition.
Lot 491: The Wizard of Oz lobby card (MGM, 1939)
Color title-lobby card for The Wizard of Oz. Moderate retouching to correct corner pinholes and other minor handling. Now presents as very fine.
–Annmarie for Classic Movie Hub