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 Posted 04/17/2018  12:20 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Few people know that my bachelor's degree is in Speech and Dramatic Arts. So I have a soft spot for stocks from theaters and the movie industry. I don't have a great many but see if you recognize some of these...















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 Posted 04/17/2018  08:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I can certainly understand your enthusiasm. Great photos. Do you ever enter the revenues arena?
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 Posted 04/18/2018  02:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't specifically collect revenue stamped paper, but I find some of them intriguing. I'm also a member of the stocks and bonds subforum on the sister site Stamp Community Family, but don't post there much these days. They are definitely more focused on the revenue than the paper.
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 Posted 04/20/2018  02:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's one that doesn't look like much but was a big deal in the film industry. Famous Players-Lasky was the first major studio during the silent era and eventually came to own the biggest chain of movie theatres in the country. It also created the first movie stars (Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Mary Pickford) and made some of the first epics: "The Sheik," the first "The Ten Commandments," and "Wings" which won the first Academy Award. The company eventually became Paramount Pictures.

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 Posted 04/20/2018  11:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lettow to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
$25.00 large size war bond issued by the Ward Theatre in Brooklyn. The picture of the theatre is from a later date.




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 Posted 05/22/2018  01:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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$25.00 large size war bond issued by the Ward Theatre in Brooklyn.


Neat item! I had no idea a theater could issue a bond. Or was that something any business could do?

Three more tonight. I'm pretty sure the first two are live theaters rather than movie houses, but it's hard to know for certain. Keystone definitely looks operatic. The ticket company probably supplied tickets for a variety of events, performing arts and sports.

My typical rule is to collect only engraved certificates, but theaters is one category where I'm willing to pick up lithographed material like these.





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 Posted 06/12/2018  4:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's one I forgot about among my specimens. This company was only around for three years in the late 1930s.

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Fascinating pieces of history! I can see why people want to collect these. I especially like that war bond.
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Here's one I forgot about among my specimens. This company was only around for three years in the late 1930s.
Very nice!
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 Posted 11/03/2018  6:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Another specimen stock, this one from Medallion Pictures. They apparently distributed cheesy foreign films in the 1960s and '70s.



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Another fine addition Greg.
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