Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Mae West: Monetary Matters

You collect MAE WEST memorabilia and you'd never ever part with it — — but what is the item's actual re-sale value?
• • Mae West Original Movie Poster:  What Is It Worth? • •
• • Professional appraiser Helaine Fendelman identifies and evaluates the collectibles and antiques owned by our Country Living subscribers
• • Illinois subscriber H. J. McHenry inquired:  I have this single-sheet theater poster, which is dated 1938. Do you know anything about it?
• • Helaine Fendelman replied:  Mae West, an American stage and movie comedian in the 1930s and '40s, was the unparalleled mistress of double entendre. Beginning in burlesque, West was known for treating sex in a broad and humorous manner. Original movie posters like this one are valuable. This poster was printed to promote the movie "Every Day's a Holiday," released by Paramount pictures in 1937 and written by Mae West. She played Mademoiselle Fifi, a French entertainer.   
• • Valued at: $3,000 [this was an estimate in 2007]
• • NOTE:  The black, white, and red poster shown here is not the same item that is owned by Mr. McHenry.
• • Source: Country Living Magazine; published in 2007.
• • On Friday, 2 June 1916 in Variety • •
• • On 2 June 1916, Variety printed a list of names who had volunteered to go to jail — — as guests of the Mutual Welfare League — — to entertain the inmates of Sing-Sing on Decoration Day. Mae West, age 22, was in that number.
• • Sources have said this is the occasion when she met Owney Madden. 
• • On Sunday, 2 June 1935 in Singapore • •
• • The Straits Times announced this on page 10 on Sunday, 2 June 1935:  At the Capitol Theatre — — 3 shows to-day at  3.15 — 6.15 — 9.15 — — Mae West In "Belle of the Nineties" with a Special Added Attraction!
• • On Friday, 2 June 1967 • •
• • The campus newspaper Daily Illini announced this on Friday, 2 June 1967:  W.C. Fields and Mae West in "My Little Chickadee" at the McKinley Foundation, showtimes are 7 — 9 —11.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • No exhibitionist off the set, Mae West checks her calculated mannerisms and hippy strut at the studio.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I think that the most brainless woman in the world can out-smart a man when she has to."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Stanford Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Varsity Theatre — — 2 Big Features — — 25c
• • Starts today! Matinee at 2:15 P.M. — — Mae West and George Raft in "Night After Night" —AND — Warren William and Loretta Young in "Employees' Entrance" — — Coming soon "42nd Street"!
• • Source: Item on page 4 in The Stanford Daily; published on Thursday, 1 June 1933 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,100 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3191st blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/

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• • Mae West • in 1937

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  1. Although Mae West fans have acquired some nifty momentos of her illustrious career, I wouldn't put too much hope on being able to retire comfortably on their sale. Prices for Westian collectibles have plummeted over the past few years, in part because many of her older fans are divesting themselves of their collections. Young people don't seem to be as taken with the old stars in general and with the limited space found in more modern accommodation, few people have the physical space to display large collections. Sadly this has become a trend for most "collectibles" of any sort.

  2. True enough --- and Google's search engine has decided to deep-six the Mae West Blog, therefore, our visitor-count has also declined. Boo-hoo.

  3. That is unfair of Google and I hope this injustice gets rectified. Your blog is worthwhile reading, and word of mouth will surely work in your favour!

  4. This injustice will not automatically be rectified unless readers (like yourself, Mark) write to Google and complain that a search for "Mae West" does not list the Mae West Blog until page 8 or 9 ---- whereas for years Google listed this blog on page 1 or 2 when people did a search. Yes, it's that awful. Do a Google search yourself and you'll see what utter nonsense comes up (ex: inactive Twitter accounts with 1 tweet about Mae!!!) before you find the Mae West Blog on page 8 of your searches.