Rare group of eight (8) original lobby cards for "The Sheik," a 1921 film starring Rudolph Valentino as Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan and Agnes Ayres as Lady Diana Mayo, produced by Famous Players-Lasky, directed by George Melford, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Includes: one (1) title lobby card depicting Valentino in the titular role standing in a desert with the sun behind him, men on horseback in the background; one (1) lobby card depicting the Sheik and Lady Diana Mayo reclining together, figures in a desert setting visible in the background; two (2) lobby cards depicting The Sheik and Mayo; one (1) lobby card depicting Mayo attempting to escape from Omair; one (1) lobby card depicting Mayo weeping against a bed with the Sheik standing over her in a tent, people and trees visible in the background; one (1) lobby card depicting a distraught Mayo set against a red crescent moon and star or Hilal symbol; and one (1) lobby card depicting Mayo struggling against Omair in a desert setting with men and men on horseback in the background. All surrounded by decorative borders with English text and additional illustrations. Also includes a collection of scrapbook items pertaining to Valentino's career collected by Mary Bright Wilson, a passionate Valentino fan, including press photographs with facsimile signatures, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera. Lobby cards: 11" H x 14" W.
Property of the Lincoln County Museum, Fayetteville, TN; Bequest of Mary Bright Wilson (1909-2004), formerly of Fayetteville, and descended in her family.
Overall good condition with toning, creases, possible burn marks, some with areas of loss (largest 1 1/8" x 5/8") to images; some with areas of loss, largest 3/4" x 1", to corners; areas of staining, largest 1"; minor tears to edges of cards; creases, bumps to corners; and pencil inscriptions, to be expected from age and manner of use. Title lobby card with pencil inscriptions with a colored pencil drawing of Agnes Ayres's character, en verso. Some with ink transfer from other lobby cards, en verso.