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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What do the Tin Man, Al Jolson, and Barry Goldwater have in common?

It sounds like the set-up to a really good joke, but you'll have to put you own punch line in the comment. Actually, they were all discovered at one of my recent "digs."
Jack Haley Jr Business card

My weakness, if you don't know already, is an ancient home with a lot of nooks and crannies. No, not necessarily like an English Muffin, but you get the general idea.

I shot the short video documentary while on location at this sale. You'll see that it was a true dig.

This was one of those sales where I could have spent all day and all my money. The only thing that stopped me is the desire to stay married and a serious lack of an airplane hanger to store these things. 

I was happy to keep the business card which may well have been handled by Mr Haley, but even if it wasn't the connections back to Hollywood are numerous and fun to discover. 

As the son of the well known actor who portrayed the Tin Man in the 1939 production of “The Wizard of Oz” Jack Haley Jr. was described as somewhat of a Hollywood Prince growing up. Known to hang around with his peers who were also offspring of Hollywood’s “A” list, it wasn't until his mid twenties that he settled in as a film producer. 

An interesting piece of Hollywood trivia is that “Junior” would eventually marry Liza Minnelli in 1974. The daughter of Judy Garland, Minnelli and Jack Haley Jr. make an interesting connection to the paths crossed by their parents so many years before. 
Barry Goldwater Campaign Stamps

The Barry Goldwater stickers are yet to be explained. Surely part of his 1964 bid for president, I assume these were to be attached to campaign mailings. If anyone can help me explain their purpose I would appreciate it. 
Shubert Belasko Theatre Program Al Jolson

Theatre Program Al Jolson

The program from the Shubert Belasko theater in Washington DC is a gem from just the age, 1921. I was surprised to see that it must have been kept because it featured a performance by Al Jolson. Its storied past and ultimate demise can be read here. 

1 comment:

  1. Great find with the business card, Jack Haley Jr documentaries were really great. He was quite a talent.


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