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teza

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Hi.  I recently bought a scrap book that included the page of Wentz poster stamps shown below.  I don't know anything about them.  Can anyone provide some specifics and when they were produced?  Some great images including the Charlie Chaplin stamp!  Each measures ~2.5" x 1.75".

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Jeff,
Those are really nice. I love the deco elements. I don't know much about them but I bet Troy does. I'm sure he'll pipe up when he see's this.

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1914 Wentz & Company of New York.

Here is a references for a stamp of Lillian Gish from the set:

https://lilliangish1893.com/2018/09/09/posters-lobby-cards-promos-press/lillian-gish-portrait-stamp-by-wentz-co-ny-1914/
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Yes, 1914 is right on these.

There was an album issued with this set. This set consists of movie star stamps for Universal Studio. Universal started in 1912 and this set was issued in 1914, so it was issued very early in the history of Universal. At that time, Universal had many different brands producing films. Each page in the album is devoted to a different Universal brand, including Bison, Eclair, Gold Seal, Imp, Nestor, Rex, Sterling, and Victor. There is also a page with no brand.

Here's a picture of the album and pages, courtesy of Amit Benyovits:

http://www.moviecard.com/zamerican/assorted/wentzP.html
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Looking at your stamps closer, Jeff, it looks like you have color variations for the stamps in the album and some additional stamps as well. These old sets are often interesting when new groups are shown, new names and variations pop up.
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Thanks for the info guys.  I did a bit of research on my own as well.  Apparently there were 4 different albums and over 250 stamps issued.  The below article does a great job explaining the variations.

Jeff

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