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When television sets first become available to the general public in the late 1940s there were a number of silent films shown because there just was not enough original content to feed the TV monster. I was hooked on those early silent flicks and to this day I actively purchase silent film star bookplates.

Morris Ankrum

Not every bookplate I will include is from the library of a silent film star. Some of these entertainers had long careers and some were not even in silent films but many started in silent films.

If you want to read more about this collecting niche I would recommend:
The 1930 Year Book of The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers. 
It has a 15 page article by Hettie Gray Baker about motion picture bookplates.

Morris Ankrum (1896–1964) was a character actor whose film career spanned thirty years (mostly B films). For instance, he appeared in Invaders From Mars, Rocket Ship X-M, and The Cattle Queen of Montana.

Two Excellent blog postings about Hollywood homes and bookplates:

Photo shows Lionel Atwill (1885–1946) with his second wife Elsie Mackay. His bookplate was designed by Bank Gordon.


Here is a film clip with Richard Barthelmess (1895–1963) and Lillian Gish

Marie Anne Boland (1882–1965) was an American stage and film actress.


Theo Bikel is a character actor, folk singer, and musician. He made his film debut in The African Queen and was nominated for an academy award for his supporting role as Sheriff Max Muller in The Defiant Ones.

It took me over 35 years to get his bookplate. I wrote to him back when celebrities responded to inquiries. He replied that he had used a bookplate at one time but no longer knew where they were.

This copy was in a recently purchased collection.


Ruth Chatterton was a celebrated American actress, novelist, and early aviatrix. Born: December 24, 1892, New York City, NY; Died: November 24, 1961, Norwalk, CT.

Spouse: Barry Thomson (m. 1942–1960), George Brent (m. 1932–1934), Ralph Forbes (m. 1924–1932)

If you wish to add biographical information about any of these stars or send scans of similar bookplates from your own collection my contact address is:

Harrison K. Ford (1884–1957)


Florence Eldridge (1901–1988)


This article first appeared on the website:, on Sunday, July 24, 2011, under the title: Silent Film Star Bookplates - Part One.


Article republished in the Ex Libris Chronicle Volume 12 No. 4