WAMPAS Baby Star Centerpiece Girl Joan Blondell 1932 A1192

Souvenir from a WAMPAS (Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers) Baby Star dinner, the centerpiece from the 1932 event. We think this is Joan Blondell, but maybe it's Mary Carlisle? Perhaps the truth is lost to history. Yet, there is the sticker (see photo) which tells us this great piece is from the Art Shop at ...

Very Early California Leather & Mesh License Plate SOLD A1189

Fascinating artifact of the early days of motoring. Price on request.   American Pre-State License Plates: 1901 – 1910 Our story begins in 1901 when the State of New York and the City of Cleveland, Ohio realized that it was time to begin requiring license plates for motorcars. The purpose was not to raise revenue – there weren’t enough ...

Very Early California Leather & Mesh License Plate SOLD A1188

This is a terrific rarity and a fascinating curiosity. Price on request. In the first decade of the century, the most common means of making a license was through the local harness shop. And that’s where leather comes into the picture. Tack shops could see that their trade – and business – was ending rapidly as the ...