Monday, October 8, 2012
A Girl From the Golden West
This one is a bit interesting. The card isn't well made and there are no company names or logos on the back. It also looks to be a movie tie in. In 1915, Cecil B. DeMille directed a movie called The Girl of the Golden West. Close to the title of this card, but just a bit off. The star of the film was Mabel Van Buren, and the woman on this card looks a lot like her. Most people think that the movies ended up in Los Angeles because of all the sunny weather. I'm sure that helped, but the reality is a bit more shady. Inventor Thomas Edison, the patent holder for early motion picture equipment insisted on being paid for every foot of movie film shot, processed or projected. To enforce those patents, he hired a goon squad who busted up the film productions that weren't in compliance. The movies ended up in Hollywood because it was far away form Edison's strong hold in New Jersey. I like the idea that some low end stereoview company was ripping off Cecil B. DeMille; that they left their company name off the back of the card to make it difficult for DeMille's agents to find them.