A Rudolph Valentino scrapbook compiled by a fan, 1926-1950s
Oversized and filled with dozens of newspaper clippings starting in August of 1926 [right when Valentino died] and finishing around 1951, just in time for all the coverage relating to the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. Very detailed with articles from long defunct Los Angeles newspapers such as The Evening Herald, The Record, and The Examiner (as well as the still-thriving Times), they are a fascinating read; subjects include Valentino's many wives and lovers, the A-list movie stars who attended his funeral, Ditra Flame [the 'lady in black'], the auction of his Estate in December 1926 (where they even sold his live dogs!), Valentino ghost encounters (written as serious journalistic stories) and numerous other now odd-seeming articles about the screen idol. Many tidbits of Hollywood history can be gleaned from these pages, e.g., Valentino's Whitley Heights house on Wedgewood Place was razed in 1951 to make way for the 101 freeway. The clippings end in the early 1950s when there was still press about him, mainly relating to the anniversary of his death.
23 x 17 x 2in