Open, general discussion of silent films, personalities and history.
How about an end of summer give away? I'm going to give away 3 copies of the Texas Guinan Silent Westerns Vol 1-3 picked at random from anyone posting on this topic before 10 pm on this Friday. Only one entry per person will count.
Family history. I knew she was a distant relative and I found one of her films to watch. That got me into silent films in general, but especially hers. I ran an ad in the Big Reel for several years in the late 80's early 90's searching for her films and got a letter from a collector who had A Moonshine Feud on nitrate. I bought it and had it transfered. Then decided to put out the first volume of her films on Ebay with Girl of the Rancho, Letters of Fire, A Moonshine Feud, and Stampede. A couple of years later I added Volume 2 from transfers from the LOC. A couple of years ago I got the 2 reel version of Girl of the Rancho and I bought Tim Romano's copy of White Squaw and then combined Vol 1 & 2 with them for the current set of 9 films. Then last year I got The Wildcat from the LOC and The Girl of Hells Agony from the BFI and issued them as Vol. 4.
My collection of films has grown to over 600 films and includes 8mm, Super8, 16mm, 9.5mm, and 35mm, including a number of nitrate films. I've transferred about a third of them and try to make the really rare ones available for people to see. My collection keeps growing and I won't be bored when I retire in six years.