These cards are puzzling. The anonymous PPG style cards are so named because they have the same decorative Post Card header as the PPG but no issuer to the side of the reverse. We`d been including these in our collections for a while before we realised cards with identical fronts were also issued by a company called Cinema Art. More information is sought about these cards and that company, and we are keen to record any that are not shown here, especially any cinema advert backs that we don`t show. PLEASE check your collection!
Cinema Art also issued these two Royalty cards of OUR ROYAL BRIDE H.R.H. PRINCESS MARY and THE BRIDEGROOM VISCOUNT LASCELLES - we wondered what the connection was between the wedding and Cinema Art until we found the Tivoli advert version of Viscount Lascelles; we`d still love to hear if any other Royal cards were issued at the same time. Princess Mary was issued with two different backs, but we have only ever seen Viscount Lascelles with the single address headed one.
if we said to you who is Kenelm Foss, we imagine you would head straight to a search engine. Though a prolific writer actor and director at the time, he is seldom remembered today. And yet he seems to have been involved with too many of the above cards for there not to have been some connection with their production. Take a look at this list of the films he was involved with in 1920 and 1921:
The Glad Eye (Director - 1920) THE BREED OF THE TRESHAMS (Director and Writer - 1920) A BACHELOR HUSBAND (Director and Writer - 1920) The Street of Adventure (Director - 1921) THE WONDERFUL YEAR (Director - 1921) All Roads Lead to Calvary (Director - 1921) CHERRY RIPE (Writer - 1921) NO. 5 JOHN STREET (Director and Writer - 1921) THE HEADMASTER (Director - 1921) The Double Event (Director - 1921)
out of ten films, six were pictured on one of our cards, also there are two different front images for "The Breed of the Treshams" and the card of "Cherry Ripe" can be found full image with a printed signature, or bordered with the name in the bottom border.