miscellaneous productions, Studio Badges and Pins

original production material

An assortment of studio security, police, guild, union, theater and vendor badges, pins and assorted articles tracing the history of film making. Extreme rarities are pioneers Thomas Ince, Gaumont, Tiffany-Stahl, Columbia, Pathe, DeMille, WB, Selznick International, Monogram, First National and Fox News (silent newsreels). Later ones are Myerberg (the first animation studio in NYC) and Ron Pierce's Lifetime Universal badge. Additional highlights are numerous MGM badges and pins, including pre-merger Goldwyn and Metro and a rare 1939 15th Anniversary medal, Powers Cinephone (ripped off from De Forest's patented sound on film process used by DISNEY) and a near complete set of badges showing the various owners of Culver City's 40 Acre Lot: Ince, FBO, DeMille, Pathe, RKO, RKO-Pathe, Selznick and Paramount. Of particular interest is the bronze Pathe Freres Rooster, perched atop three reels of film mascot, which may be unique. Other pieces of interest include: an IATSE Local 35 (from whose job originated the word "Limelight"), J. Arthur Rank 'Gong Man' plaque, Western Electric Sound, RCA Photophone (the two pioneering sound on film processes) theater wall plaque, a pre 1915 theater button complaining about Edison's soon to be illegal Trust; three Exhibitors convention badges (Dallas 1914, LA 1926 and Chicago 1916), a 1914 pin and ribbon for the Paramount Ball in Boston with Mary Pickford, and a 1926 UNITED ARTISTS clip naming the principal talent/owners of the company. Still other highlights are original keys to the KNICKERBOCKER Hotel where D.W. Griffith died in it's lobby; the ROOSEVELT Hotel where the first Academy Awards were held; the GARDEN Of ALLAH Bungalow Court, home of many of the fabled writers of early Hollywood; early SAG logo lapel; a Hitchcock "STRANGERS ON A TRAIN" lighter, and a rare DuMont lit sign - the only TV network that failed in spite of being the home of Jackie Gleason and Ernie Kovacs.

item: collector:
category: original / screen-used
type: production material
movie: miscellaneous productions
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