In addition to stills, posters and lobby cards, there are a variety of Lon Chaney memorabilia items available for hardcore collectors. Below is a selection of items displayed from various collections. I invite other collectors to send me .JPG or .GIF files of your collectibles, or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make arrangements to have your photos scanned and returned to you.
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Several Chaney films have had popular songs associated with them. While LAUGH,CLOWN,LAUGH is the best known of these, other films have also featured musical themes. From the collection of Jon Mirsalis.
Major releases such as THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME would frequently sell souvenir booklets. From the collection of Jon Mirsalis.
Glass slides with lobby cards or other advertisements were often used in the teens and 20s to advertise upcoming films. There was typically a space at the bottom of the line where the exhibitor would write, "Starts Tuesday" or something similar. While glass slides can be found for as little as $5-10, Chaney slides often command $100 or more. From a variety of ebay listings.
In the 1920s and 30's many cigarette companies offered collector photos in each pack of cigarettes, in much the same way that bubble gum companies later added baseball cards as an inticement to chew. These two cards from THE UNHOLY THREE are from a 1930s German cigarette company. From the collection of Franklyn Cards
This extraordinary Lon Chaney doll is about 30" tall, fully-jointed, with sculpted wooden features, glass eyes, and real hair. A unique one-of-a-kind piece. From the collection of an Anonymous Collector
A number of companies manufacture resin or plastic models of horror film characters including several of Lon Chaney. The model of Chaney from LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT shown here is sold by Monsters in Motion, but The Janus Company, and Sideshow Collectiles also sell Chaney models.
Some studios would release stereoscopic photo sets from some of their bigger productions. These would usually contain 10-15 shots taken on the sets using a stereo camera. Universal put out stereo sets on The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) shown here and also on The Phantom of the Opera (1925). From the collection of an Anonymous Collector
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