1913 - 1920 Ketterlinus Lithographic Manufacturing Co. Philadelphia Concerning the Copyright Legal Case Involving Advertising Specialties Made for the Motion Picture Industry.

(Americana - 20th Century - Motion Picture Industry - Advertising - Printing - Copyright Law)

Published by Ketterlinus Lithographic Manufacturing Co., 1913
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Archive consists of approximately 50 pages of material. The Ketterlinus Lithographic Manufacturing Co. was a large commercial printing enterprise in Philadelphia, using modern and innovative printing processes for Congressional documents, cards, bill heads, notes, checks, circulars, and catalogues in addition to embossed show cards, perfumery, fabric, wine and liquor labels, druggists' furniture, jar and drawer labels (see Library Co. of Philadelphia reference online for good background on the family and the business). They were adroit at spotting opportunities for the use of printing for advertising; the immense popularity of silent film and its stars was capitalized upon by the company by printing hand-held fans with the likenesses of male and female stars, which were in turn sold to distributors and on to the theaters and stationers where they were given away as promotion of feature films and also sold to enthusiasts - movie theater air conditioning had not yet arrived, hence these functional souvenirs. The group begins with a Ketterlinus letterhead typed form letter dated 1913 to Essanay Film Co. of Chicago asking for imagery of the leading man and lady for this purpose (fold lines, chipped, good condition); in 1915 the Selig Polyscope Co. on their letterhead to Ketterlinus, allowing the company to use an image on their "high class advertising fans" (closed tear, chipped); also in 1915 the American Film Manufacturing Co. gives rights and asks for samples of the fan (the back of this letterhead with black and white birds-eye-view illustration of the Flying "A" Studios and Laboratories at Santa Barbara, Calif., wear, very good condition); Ketterlinus also hired agents to acquire rights to use the stars' images and the rest of this group of material includes their correspondence with such an agent, Miss Alton Goodrich "Commissionaire for Artists Photographs for Advertisers" of 31 West 31st Street NY. Ketterlinus used different images over the years and were constantly updating their photographic stock - wanting "prominent stars," per their letter of 1919 to Miss Goodrich, who shared space with the S. Eddowes Co. Studios in NY; there are several lists, typed and handwritten of desirable images, Ketterlinus seeking photos of Mary Pickford, Ruth Roland, Douglas Fairbanks, Wallace Reid, Tom Mix and also directors D.W. Griffith and Thos. H. Ince. The research papers here sometimes indicating the home studio of the star; there is back-and-forth correspondence between Goodrich and Ketterlinus regarding the ease or difficulty in securing the photos, some of which are complicated by agreements and rights requirements - usually, Ketterlinus tried to secure unlimited rights and would not consent to limitations. Letters from Goodrich include her work for the company, information on images sent, billing and other details. Also a letter from Pathe Exchange in 1919 concerning Dolores Cassinelli and Virginia Pearson, and one on D.W. Griffith Repertory Season George M Cohan Theatre letterhead regarding Griffith and Lillian Gish imagery; another from Goldwyn Pictures Corp. and a letter from the Famous Players - Lasky Corp. who represented Paramount Pictures and Artcraft Pictures, regarding the fans; About ½ of the material concerns a copyright disagreement between Samuel Lumiere (1878-1971) Russian-American photographic portraitist, who specialized in showgirls and movie star stills with studios in NY and the Ketterlinus company. Lumiere was represented by the law firm of Almy, Van Gordon and Evans of NY who claimed that Alton Goodrich did not have permission to give the rights of use to Ketterlinus of Lumiere's photograph of silent-film star Ethel Clayton (1882 - 1966), alleging that Ketterlinus had printed fans without permission; the correspondence back and forth includes a note from the Library of Congress Copyright Office with a copy of the photograph in dispute -evidently Lumiere had sent the Office copies before the date of the lawsuit; Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: 1913 - 1920 Ketterlinus Lithographic ...
Publisher: Ketterlinus Lithographic Manufacturing Co.
Publication Date: 1913
Binding: Not Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: Manuscript.

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