For many and especially for the old dinosaurs of the last century, the discovery of photography passed through the images displayed at the entrance of the movie houses.
We present here the most important film archive: Movie Star News, and we will tell you about its saga!
The origins of Movie Star News and its collection of Hollywood photographs
In the 20th century, before the internet and social media, fans of Hollywood stars relied on printed images to satisfy their fascination with their favourite celebrities. Movie stills and promotional photographs were widely distributed to promote films and were often purchased by fans and collectors. In 1938, Irving Klaw and his sister Paula Klaw founded Movie Star News, a shop that specialized in selling these types of images.
Located in midtown Manhattan, Movie Star News became a destination for movie fans and collectors from around the world. The shop was known for its extensive collection of Hollywood photographs, which included images of the most famous movie stars of the day, from Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor to Humphrey Bogart and James Dean.
Focus Bloc is launching its new collection in collaboration with the most extensive film archives “Movie star News”
For the new collection “Hollywood: from Golden Age to the first Blockbusters” we are delighted to announce our next drop in partnership with Movie Star News.
We have hand-picked and curated a selection of 333 one-to-one photos of the most iconic Hollywood movies and personalities from the early 1900s to the 1980s. These photos represent the pinnacle of the history of cinema and capture the essence of this era that has defined film and popular culture today.
For a long time, these archives came close to being destroyed following the disbandment of the movie studios and the scattering of their publicity material. However, despite being passed from one company to another, the archives, composed of original photo negatives, have remained intact. As of April 2023, fine art collectors and cinema culture enthusiasts will finally be able to access these archives. The Hollywood Collection represents the heart of the original master files from RKO and multiple other studio sources, representing the most extensive independent archive of film culture “Movie Star News”.
The 333 images will feature the movies and icons of the film culture, and many more.
The mint will be operated on the Ethereum blockchain as a blind mint.
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