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Charlie Chaplin "A Woman" 1915 Original Lobby Card 5

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"A Woman" Charlie Chaplin 1915 Original Lobby Card #5
Highly Scarce Chaplin Title

This is very rare lobby card from an early Charlie Chaplin movie titled "A Woman". The largest movie poster auction house in the world has never offered anything from this Chaplin title.  Charlie Chaplin's 44th Film Released July 12 1915.  "A Woman" was Charlie Chaplin's ninth film for Essanay Films. It was made in Los Angeles at the Majectic Studio. The film starts with Chaplin meeting Edna (Edna Purviance) and her parents in a park; the mother is played by Marta Golden and the father by Charles Insley. In this film, Chaplin dresses as a woman to fool Edna's father. It was the third and last time Chaplin played the role of a woman on film. He played a woman in two Keystone films: "The Masquerader" and "A Busy Day".  The scene depicted here is of Charlie back in men's clothing in the parlor with Edna Purviance.

Lobby cards were used in U.S. theaters and are rarely produced for today’s films. These small movie posters (11”x14" printed on card stock) were generally produced in sets of eight, although the number of lobby cards in a set can vary from as few as four to as many as sixteen. These mini movie posters were designed for display in a theater’s lobby for the purpose of luring movie goers into the theater by showing highlights from the movie. A lobby card set entailed one Title Card (TC), a lobby card usually designed similar to the one sheet with credits and feature/close-up artwork of the major stars, and seven Scene Cards (SC), each depicting a different scene from the movie. Lobby Card movie posters appeared during the early 1900’s during the Charlie Chaplin era. This may be one of the earliest examples of a lobby card.  Printed in the lower left corner of the card is American Multi-Color Corp. N.Y. A caricature of Charlie holding a feather duster appears lower right with the title "A Woman". True to the form of a lobby card, it does measure 11" x 14". It is in very good condition with some light age toning around the edges, and a small tear in the margin of the lower right corner.


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