Monday, December 4, 2017

Some of my oddest Louise Brooks stuff - a brick, perfume, vintage fan art, a soup bowl

Over the years, I have accumulated and collected lots of Louise Brooks memorabilia and ephemera. Much of it, if not most of it, is paper - old magazines, books, postcards, sheet music with Brooks on the cover, etc....

But some of it isn't. Some of my oddest Louise Brooks stuff includes a brick, perfume, vintage fan art, a soup bowl, and more. And here they are, for your enjoyment and amusement. First up, is a brick from Cherryvale, Kansas - the small town where Brooks was born and spent the first few years of her life. Believe it or not, there are people who collect bricks, and that's how I acquired this piece. Shipping wasn't cheap! Who knows, perhaps little Louise walked on this very brick.

Next is a vintage soup bowl from the Hotel Martha Washington in New York City. Louise Brooks once resided in the hotel (check out the Barry Paris biography for what happened there). Who knows -- dare I say, she might have used this bowl during her brief tenure there. It has seen better days.... I think I bought this off eBay.

And here is a piece of vintage fan art. It is a charming pencil drawing from 1927, rendered by someone named L.F. Shotwell. I believe I purchased this off eBay.

Over the years, I have also been sent fan art by a handful of fans from around the world. Here are a few examples, which hang in my study / office / the headquarters of the Louise Brooks Society. A few of these pieces hang on a couple of bookcases which house my modest collection of Louise Brooks-related books, which include everything from editions of Lulu in Hollywood from around the world (one particular example is shown below), Brooks' high school yearbook, photoplay editions, books on the actress' various directors, and various books with Brooks on the cover which may or may not be related to the actress.

And finally, here is a Dutch edition of Lulu in Hollywood, next to a French perfume called LouLou which employs the same script-face. Coincidence. Perhaps.

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