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Original Oil Painting Portrait of Anitia Louise – Golden Age Hollywood Actress

LOUISE, ANITA - GOLDEN AGE HOLLYWOOD PAINTINGS Striking original color oil painting portrait of actress Anita Louise by Los Angeles portrait painter Tallastrelli. Also comes with an 8 x 10 inches black and white photograph of Louise posed in front of the painting. Also comes with five color transparencies of Louise posed with the painting, including one with the painter. This painting on canvas is elaborately framed to an overall 30.3 inches x 37.2 inches. Painting is in very good plus condition while the frame has many spots of chipping, fading, and toning. Melanie Adler, daughter of Anita Louise and Buddy Adler: "Commissioned by my parents in the mid-1950s. As a young child, I remember this portrait hanging in the living room of our Paul Williams, Holmby Hills homeÓ. Anita Louise (1917 -1970) had stunning elegant beauty and excellent acting ability which lead to a successful career in Hollywood motion pictures especially in the 1930-1940s. She was one of the elite group of actresses that producer David O. Selznick filmed a screen test for the role of Scarlett OÕHara for Gone With the Wind. She was married to acclaimed Oscar-winning writer/film producer Buddy Adler and they were known as an A-List couple in Hollywood. Her film career highlights include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Story of Louis Pasteur, Anthony Adverse, Green Light, Marie Antoinette, Judge Priest, 4 Devils, and The Sisters. Louise worked with directors John Ford. F.W. Murnau, George Cukor, Max Reinhardt, William Dieterle, Mervyn Leroy, Michael Curtiz John Farrow, W.S. Van Dyke, Joseph H. Lewis, George Sherman, John Sturges, Sam Wood, etc. Anita Louise appeared with actors Will Rogers, Greta Garbo, Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, Frederic March, James Cagney, Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert, Jean Arthur, Olivia De Havilland, Charles Boyer, Basil Rathbone. Norma Shearer, Shirley Temple, Lana Turner, Joseph Cotten, Bela Lugosi, and many other stars. She was also featured in various TV shows, most notable the Saturday morning classic, My Friend Flicka (1955-56). Buddy Adler died in 1960 and Anita Louise passed at the young age of 53 from a sudden stroke in 1970. This oil painting is impressive and conveys the glamour of classic Hollywood.
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The WitchesÕ Hammer

HITCHCOCK, JANE STANTON (JACK VALENTI) First Edition, First Printing. Signed and inscribed by the author Jane Stanton Hitchcock to Hollywood executive Jack Valenti and his wife: ÒFor Mary Margaret and Jack Valenti, With fond regards and best witches! Jane Stanton Hitchcock. March 13, 1995, New York CityÓ. Ms. Hitchcock has drawn a cat and a witchÕs hat below her signature. From the library of film executive Jack Valenti. With a Certificate of Authenticity. Hint of foxing to the top and outer edges, else a fine copy in a fine dust jacket with a 1/4Ó tear to the bottom rear flap fold. The novel tells the story of how a rare book collector is murdered, with the theft of his copy of a 15th century grimoire as the primary clue for his daughter to follow in her efforts to bring justice for her father. Jack Valenti (1921-2007) is best known in his long-time role as President of the Motion Picture Association of America from 1966 to 2004. During his 38 year position in the MPAA, Valenti created the MPAA film rating system which is still used today. In 1963, Valenti was in the John F. Kennedy motorcade in Dallas, and he is seen in the famous photograph of Lyndon Johnson being sworn in as President on Air Force One. Valenti flew back to Washington with Johnson and literally lived in the White House for two months helping Johnson take the reins of the presidency. He was the first special assistant to President Johnson and served at JohnsonÕs direction as a liaison to the Republican Congressional leadership. Hollywood mogul and Democratic fundraiser Lew Wasserman pressured Lyndon Johnson to let Valenti leave in 1966 to run the MPAA. A striking and articulate man who easily made friends, Valenti became a figure of considerable influence in both Hollywood and Washington. Few people have known as many famous and powerful people as Valenti.
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Original 1914-1915 Mining Company for Union Hill Ming Company – Union Hill Mines of Nevada County, California

CALIFORNIA GOLD MINING & GOLD RUSH DISTRICT Original hardcover ledger 11.5Ó x 8Ó, bound in half leather with gilt stamping over light brown corduroy, metal spine with locking mechanism (no key), marbled paper pastedowns, and gilt embossed leather alphabet tabs on front page edges. 168 pages of handwritten text showing detailed internal records from the historic Union Hill Mining Company that had offices in both Grass Valley and San Francisco. Union Hill is adjacent to Grass Valley. Detailed information for 1914-1915 including operating expenses, profit and loss, income, expenses, production, vendors, payroll, cash, bullion production, tungsten production, names, vouchers, insurance, and marketing. Entries include operating expenses for the South Idaho Mine, and names of the local companies they did business with such as Grass Valley Hardware, Empire Mining Company, Nevada County Narrow Gauge R. R. Company, and Thomas Diggs Company, an entry for Augustus D. Cox who was the Mine supervisor, to very specific mining operating expenses for example: ÒShaft Above 600Õ LevelÓ, ÒShaft Below 600Õ LevelÓ, ÒStorage Dam 600Õ LevelÓ with expenses for mining tools, hoisting, compressing, fire protection, etc. A rare and unique Gold Country artifact, this original handwritten Ledger offers compelling insight into an historic Mother Lode gold mine. The corduroy covers have some staining, the rear leather corner has a corner chip, the rear spine fold has a two inch half oval chip revealing the board beneath, the front hinge is split and the metal spine has some rust, internally, the ink stamp of the Union Hill Mining Company on the front endpaper. Gold was discovered at Union Hill in 1854, the first recorded claim was in 1866 as Union Hill Gold Quartz Mine, and Mining Stock Certificates for Union Hill Mining Company exist from the 1860Õs. Although very profitable, it appears Union Hill Mine opened & closed, changed ownership &/or operators several times from the 1870Õs until purchased by Idaho-Maryland Mines Company around 1920. In 2016 this historic mine was purchased by a gold mining company with plans to restart operations in the unexplored areas below the Idaho-Maryland Mine Property.