Scandal & the Story of Bakelite Bakelite hit the market in 1907, heralding the arrival of the modern plastics industry. Bakelite was the first completely man made plastic, as until then, plastics such as celluloid, casein, and Gutta-Percha all had as a base a natural material. It was developed by Belgian-born chemist Dr. Leo Hendrick Baekeland who started his firm General Bakelite Company to produce the phenolic resin type plastic. Bakelite was inexpensive [...] Click here to continue reading.

Henreid, Paul – Actor & Collector

Paul Henreid (1908 to 1992)

Paul Henreid’s sophisticated charm and continental elegance were forever immortalized in celluloid with the release of two films made in 1942 by Hal Wallis for Warner Brothers. Playing Victor Lazlo opposite Ingrid Bergman in Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca and Bette Davis’ lover, Jerry, in Irving Rappner’s Now Voyager, Henreid’s imperturable urbanity and impecable demeanor with the opposite sex became the envy of all women and the emulation of young men [...] Click here to continue reading.

FADA Radio & Electric Co.

FADA Radio & Electric Company

FADA Radio & Electric Company, Long Island City, New York, circa 1923 to 1949. FADA being the initials of the company’s founder, Frank Angelo D’Andrea.

Frank Collection – Provenance

The Jane and Howard Frank Collection

The unrivaled group of original artwork and fine, rare books and pulp magazines in this catalog comes to you from the renowned collection of Jane and Howard Frank, widely considered to be among the most important assemblages of fantasy and science fiction art and literature in the world. The Franks are pioneers, with a shared passion for art of the weird and fantastic, and beginning in the 1960s, [...] Click here to continue reading.

Vitaphone – Early movie sound system


Vitaphone was a sound film process used on features and nearly 2,000 short subjects produced by Warner Brothers and its sister studio First National from 1926 to 1930. Many early talkies, such as The Jazz Singer (1927), used the Vitaphone process. Vitaphone was the last, but most successful, of the so-called sound-on-disc processes. With improvements in competing sound-on-film processes, Vitaphone’s technical imperfections led to its retirement early in the sound era. (The name [...] Click here to continue reading.

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