"THE ROSE OF BLOOD" (1917, STYLE A)
VINTAGE AND ORIGINAL AMERICAN ONE-SHEET POSTER (27 x 41 INCHES)
The measurements of the actual poster itself are 27 x 41 inches. However, there is roughly a 1/2 inch of extra linen border along all four sides of the poster, which makes any future matting and/or framing very easy. I have also included some scans from the actual photographic session of Theda Bara (including a previously sold vintage postcard) used for the artwork for this poster, as well as a scan of the Style B poster from this film as well (these are not included and are purely for display purposes).
MASTERFULLY RESTORED AND LINEN-BACKED
A BEAUTIFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE POSTER!!!
Offered here is a vintage and original one-sheet stone-lithograph 1-sheet poster for the 1917 (William) Fox Film Corporation production of "THE ROSE OF BLOOD" starring the original vamp, THEDA BARA!!!
This is an original one-sheet poster produced by the Alpha Lithograph Company, Inc. of New York.
I purchased this poster in its original folded condition. The poster appears to have been unused. It was in VERY GOOD CONDITION, but it did show some signs of wear. Considering that this vintage poster is over 94 years old, it was in extremely good condition. The upper-right corner (border only) was missing and there were some neatly closed tears running into the image. Also, there was some edge-wear to the borders of the poster. Most of the issues were in the white borders of the poster itself. The actual image itself was in generally excellent condition. The original colors were extremely bright and unfaded.
I have had this poster professionally restored by the brilliant CHRIS CLOUTIER of POSTERFIX. It now looks fantastic and is in perfect presentable condition. It has been fully restored on acid-free, museum quality archival quality linen backing.
ABOUT THEDA BARA:
- THEDA BARA is the first movie star created entirely through publicity campaigns and is also regarded as Hollywood's first sex symbol. She was born Theodosia ("Theda") Goodman on July 29, 1885 in Avondale, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati), into a very nice middle-class Jewish family. Her father was a tailor and her mother was a wig maker. She had a younger brother Marque ("Teddy") and a younger sister Esther ("Lori"). Theda was popular girl in Walnut Hills High School and was a member of the dramatic club and was also on the staff of her high school newspaper. She graduated high school in 1903 and then attended the University of Cincinnati until 1905, when she dropped out to pursue a career on the stage. Not much is known about Theda's life from 1905 through 1914. She worked under the very pretentious name of Theodosia de Coppett and seems to have gotten nowhere fast. It is unclear how she supported herself during these years, but most likely it was from parental support. By 1914, Theda's career was literally non-existant and she was nearing the age of thirty (considered ancient for an actress at that time), so like so many other failed stage actresses, she decided to slum it and find work in motion pictures. She was living in Manhattan at the time, which was then the pre-Hollywood hub of film production. Most of the film studios were located in New York City and the surrounding areas. Hollywood wasn't happening yet. By 1914, the star-system was just starting. Film stars were just beginning to be credited onscreen. Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin were famous worldwide and starting to make huge salaries (much to their surprise). At this time, William Fox of the Fox Film Corporation (later to evolve into 20th Century Fox), Located in Fort Lee, New Jersey, was struggling with his new studio when he decided to make a film based on a Rudyard Kipling poem called "The Vampire" and a relatively unsuccessful play called "A Fool There Was" which was based on it. It was a very lurid play and considered quite shocking in its day. The plot was about a totally immoral woman who used her sexual wiles to use and abuse wealthy men for her own personal gain, with no remorse. While today this sounds like no big deal, in 1914 it was very shocking. So William Fox started to look for an unknown actress to play the part (as no actress of the time would have played such a depraved woman). He found Theda Bara and cast her in the film. He started a huge publicity campaign about Theda. She was the daughter of an Italian artist and a French actress, born in Egypt, under the shadow of the Sphinx, etc. Theda went along with all of this inane publicity, and the public bought it all (for a while). With the release of the film, Theda Bara became the sensation of the day. "A Fool There Was" was a massive hit, and Theda Bara was big news. Theda became and instant sensation, and the success of her films put Fox Films on the map. It was later found that the name Theda Bara was an anagram for Arab Death. In truth, Theda was her nickname and Bara came from a family name of Baranger, on her mothers side of the family. She made approximately forty films between the years of 1915 and 1919. During those years she was always on the top ten list of box office stars. Theda made many big-budgeted films based on classics, such as "The Two Orphans," "Carmen," "East Lynne," "Under Two Flags," "Romeo and Juliet," "Camille," "Cleopatra," "Madame DuBarry," and "Salome," all credited under the Theda Bara Super Productions banner. But between those films she also made many lower-budgeted vamp films with titles such as "The Devil's Daughter," "Sin," "The Galley Slave," "Destruction," "The Serpent," "Gold and the Woman," "The Eternal Sappho," "Her Double Life," "The Vixen," "The Darling of Paris," "The Tiger Woman," "The Forbidden Path," "The Soul of the Buddha, " "Under the Yoke," "When A Woman Sins," "The She-Devil," "When Men Desire," "The Siren's Song," "A Woman There Was," and "The Lure of Ambition." But with the twilight of the Victorian age and the dawn of the Roaring Twentie's, Theda's vogue had run its course. Theda and William Fox terminated their contract with some bitterness. Theda Bara and William Fox never spoke again. Theda then married the extremely successful director Charles Brabin, whom she was married to until her death. She became a very popular hostess in Beverly Hills during the 1920's, 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. Publicly, she was a relic from the past. Privately, she was an extremely popular woman and a very gracious hostess. Although forgotten by the public, she was a very much beloved legend in Hollywood itself. Theda took her career very seriously during her glory years, and despite her image, no trace of scandal ever touched her. But as soon as those days were done, she put it all behind her. Friends said that she did wickedly humorous imatations of her old screen image, pulling out crystal balls, artificial snakes and Egyptian artifacts. Also, her scrapbooks contain mostly the ridiculous publicity about herself, as the truth was never really printed. It was just to dull. It has been said that Theda and her younger sister Lori used to laugh over the silliness of her press. Theda Bara died of colon cancer on April 7, 1955 at the age of 69, a very happy woman with a truly fantastic past and lots of ridiculous publicity. She was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetary. A true Hollywood legend.
STUDIO: (WILLIAM) FOX FILM CORP.
COPYRIGHT DATE: April 11, 1917
COPYRIGHT NUMBER: # LP11670
RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 4, 1917
DIRECTOR: J. GORDON EDWARDS (Theda Bara's favorite and most frequent director)
- THEDA BARA as Lisza Tapenko
- RICHARD ORDYNSKI as Vassya
- CHARLES CLARY as Prince Arbassoff
- HERSCHEL MAYALL as Koliensky
- BERT TURNER as Princess Arbassoff
- JOE KING as The Prime Minister
- MARIE KIERNAN as Kostya
- GENEVIEVE BLINN as The Governess
- HECTOR V. SARNO as The Revolutionist
- After Russian Princess Arbassoff (Bert Turner) dies, Lisza Tapenko (Theda Bara), a governess in the household of Prince Arbassoff (Charles Clary), fills her place in everything but name. When the Prince refuses to marry her because of the difference in their social positions, Lisza's former lover, Vassya (Richard Ordynski), urges her to join the cause of the revolution. Smarting under the Prince's refusal, she does so and leaves for Switzerland, the headquarters of the revolutionaries. The Prince eventually yields to his son's pleas for Lisza's return and agrees to make her his wife. As Princess Arbassoff, Lisza still continues her activities with the revolutionaries, assassinating government officials and leaving a red rose on each of her victims. Torn between her love for the Prince and her love of Russia, when the revolutionaries order her to slay her husband, Lisza's devotion to the cause triumphs and she dynamites their home, meeting her death along with that of the Prince's.
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