vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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A silent billhead that speaks volumes

Carole Lombard and Buck Jones, shown together in the 1925 Fox western "Hearts And Spurs," had a few things in common. Both were Indiana natives (Jones hailed from Vincennes), both found fame in films and both died violently in 1942. (Jones was among the nearly 500 fatalities at the Coconut Grove nightclub in Boston on Nov. 30.)

As is the case for all of Lombard's Fox silents, none of her three collaborations with Jones (all from 1925) survive. But one artifact of sorts from their work together has surfaced.

What is that, you may ask? It's called a "billhead," representing the "business" part of show business, defined as a receipt used in business transactions. They were most commonly used from the late 1860s to the early 1940s.

This billhead is for a 1925 western called "Gold And The Girl":

If the summary from the Internet Movie Database is to be believed, Lombard was not the "girl" of the title (Carole apparently had a bit part); that belonged to leading lady Elinor Fair. Then again, the number of surviving folk who actually saw the movie before it was lost in a 1937 fire can probably be counted on one hand. The only known publicity still has no "girls" at all, but Jones and Lucien Littlefield:

This billhead, measuring 4" x 9", apparently was issued April 20, 1925 to a theater in Antigo, Wis. It's being sold for $30 straight up, or you can make an offer. Make your offer on this item by visiting https://www.ebay.com/itm/Movie-Billhead-Fox-Film-4-20-1925-Gold-The-Girl-Buck-Jones-Carole-Lombard/153219896074?hash=item23ac9e130a:g:rjgAAOSwlJ9bo8Jx:rk:8:pf:0.

Perhaps many of you deem this rather arcane movie memorabilia, but the seller claims to have all sorts of historic theater paperwork -- mostly billheads -- from 1907 to the late '30s. The seller's eBay store, https://www.ebay.com/str/Mr-buysalot?_trksid=p2047675.l2563, includes all sorts of other goodies.

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