Collector’s Corner: Collection Update, Vol. 6!

The last time I filled you all in on the new additions to my collection was in March, so I think it’s time for another update! I haven’t been buying many DVDs, but still have plenty of items to share, as the money I would usually spend on DVDs has gone toward other fun collectibles. My mom and I recently discovered an antique mall we’d passed a billion times but had never gone in… and they have several vendors specializing in movie memorabilia. I’ve also made a couple of very lucky thrift store finds!

Without further ado, here’s everything entertainment-related I’ve added to the collections since March.

DVDs

  • Ghost World (2001; Criterion Edition, spine # 872)
    This is one of my all-time favorite films, and I treasure my original copy, an ex-Blockbuster rental which my mom blind-bought from a bargain bin when I was a teen. (She saw a girl with blue hair on the cover and thought I might like it. It’s been a favorite ever since!) I usually don’t buy films I already own, but I’ve been considering the Criterion of Ghost World for a while. A fantastic illustrated cover and “director-approved” special features? I put it on my “maybe” list for a future Barnes sale, but as luck would have it, my mom once again found the film for me, snagging an only-watched-once copy at a better-than-sale price.
  • A Shriek in the Night (1933)
    I was lucky to stumble across this new-to-me Ginger Rogers film in perfect condition at a local Goodwill! The DVD looks pretty low-budget and doesn’t appear to include any special features, but I don’t mind, since I only spent two bucks on it. I can’t wait to discover this film, another step toward my completion of Ginger’s filmography.
  • Sliding Doors (1998)
    Another Goodwill find. This was still in the cellophane wrap! It’s been a while since I’ve seen this film but I remember liking it a lot and am excited to watch it again.
  • The Loretta Young Show, Season 2
    This was one of those lucky thrift store finds. It was still in the shrink wrap!  I’ve never watched The Loretta Young Show but am a fan of the actress from her films and was very excited to find this. While I would prefer to start my viewing at season one, I couldn’t pass this up for two bucks.

Books

  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Ghostly Gallery
    1962 hardcover. You may remember from previous collection updates that I’m a sucker for these Hitchcock-branded story collections. I haven’t sought to collect them all (there are a lot), but when I see one in an antique shop, I pick it up. This one offers up “eleven spooky stories for young people” including The Truth About Pyecraft by H. G. Wells and The Isle of Voices by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • Uncommon Knowledge by Judy Lewis
    1994 hardcover edition. Judy Lewis was the daughter of Loretta Young and Clark Gable. This memoir tells the story of her life, and how she discovered the truth of her identity, having grown up believing she was adopted.

Magazines

  • Liz Taylor memorial magazine “LIZ: Tribute to the Queen of Hollywood 1932 – 2011”
  • LOOK, July 5, 1949
    Elizabeth Taylor cover celebrating MGM’s 25th birthday!
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(Photo by Lindsey for TMP)
  • Radio-TV Mirror, October 1953
    Eve Arden covers this magazine (with Perry Como, Meta Roberts, and Herb Shriner less prominently featured). I really bought this for the Eve Arden cover, but am interested to read it more thoroughly as it seems to contain stories about a lot of old TV stars I’m unfamiliar with!
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(Photo by Lindsey for TMP)
  • Screen Stories, November 1953
    One of my best purchases of the year so far — it’s got a How to Marry a Millionaire cover! One of my all-time favorite movies! Betty Grable gets the most prominent cover placement in full cover, with smaller photos of Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall accompanying her in black and white. Other films featured in the mag include Mogambo, Blowing Wild (starring TMP favorite Barbara Stanwyck!), Sins of Jezebel, and Torch Song.
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(Photo by Lindsey for TMP)
  • Vintage mags unrelated to movies:
    • LIFE, November 3, 1947
      Cover features a striking black and white photo of two ballerinas.
    • True Romance, November 1944
      These mags full of wild tales (and sometimes have ads for classic movies). This issue includes “The Strange Story of Twin Orphans” and the hilariously-titled “EXTRA! What are your chances of having a normal child?”

Wall Art & Miscellany

  • Cary & Ginger original magazine ad: Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)
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There’s a crease and a ripped corner, but I just loved this ad and couldn’t help buying it! The crease should be pretty easy to flatten out, and then I’ll frame and hang this. (Photo by Lindsey for TMP)
  • Clark Gable mirror
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I was lucky to find this at a small charity thrift shop near me! I have no idea when celebrity face mirrors were in fashion, but I’m glad someone got tired of this one. It’s going to look so cool on the wall next to my DVD shelves. (Photo by Lindsey for TMP)
  • I Love Lucy commemorative wall hanging
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My mom found this cool piece on the Facebook marketplace, of all places. She picked up a similarly laid-out Gone With the Wind piece for my sister, from the same seller. I’m not quite as much of a classic TV buff as I am a classic film buff, but there are several series I adore, I Love Lucy being one of them. This will be a nice addition to the TV room! Maybe someday I’ll find a Dick Van Dyke Show-themed one to match. (Photo by Lindsey for TMP)
  • Liz “The Queen of Hollywood” magazine page
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This full-page Cat on a Hot Tin Roof photo was pulled from a memorial magazine from the time of Liz Taylor’s death (possibly another copy of the same magazine I bought, if the font on the opposite side of this page is any indication). This came in a neat gold frame, but the frame was pretty old/cheap/rickety, so I plan on replacing it. (Photo by Lindsey for TMP)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1902) tin Tin Man sign
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A cool addition to my little, growing Wizard of Oz collection! I own two still photographs from the movie, a poster from the movie, a tin sign from the movie, and several different editions of the book. This tin sign recalls the 1902 stage play version of the tale. (Photo by Lindsey for TMP)

…and that’s it for this update! Once I get all of the art hung up, I’ll share a few more pictures.

 

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