Ephemera is a broad term used to describe items of paper that were created for use in a short time span and meant to be thrown away after one or two uses. Items generally put into the ephemera category of collecting would be sheet music, posters, stock certificates, post cards, cigarette cards, magazines, catalogs, and the like.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Jean Harlow Bio Magazine

This is one of many fan magazines that Madeline saved.  The columnist Louella Parsons wrote this bio in 1937, right after Jean Harlow's death from uremic poison.

A typical Jean Harlow pose.  Beautiful gown and fur.  The photo on the ornate chest is of her Mom.

The house she lived in with husband Paul Bern.  Looks like a storybook cottage; however, Bern commited suicide here.

Ad inside front cover for "Modern Screen" magazine.  Selling for 10 cents everywhere.

Back cover advertisement for Maybelline, with Rochelle Hudson, 20th century Fox star.  Solid mascara in a metal vanity sold for 75 cents, with refills selling for 35 cents.  Cream mascara, in black, brown, or blue (!) with a brush and in a zippered pouch, sold for 75 cents. 

Inside back cover ad for Remington typewriter.  The offer was for renting the typewriter for 10 cents a day.  They describe the typewriter as a "noiseless portable".  I'm not afraid to admit that I learned how to type in high school on manual typewriters and they all made a lot of noise!  The ad also offers a free typing course and free carrying case.
I tried to research this bio magazine on the internet and was not too successful; however I did learn that a few sites had it for sale at some time for $50 to $100.  I guess we'll hang on to this one.

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea for a blog! Found you today and can't wait to catch up on what I've missed!

    Jen from Silent Stanzas ^_^