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    Africa Speaks! (Columbia, 1930). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style B.
    In 1930, the African jungle was a popular setting for adventure films. Silent serials such as The Lost City (1920), With Stanley in Africa (1922), Perils of the Wild (1925), and any number of Tarzan films had all ostensibly been set there, although the reality was that the jungle environs used for those pictures were often found much closer to home. With the coming of sound, however, early documentary filmmaker Paul L. Hoefler decided to head the Colorado African Expedition of 1928 - a 14-month journey that ran from July 16, 1928 to September 16, 1929 - and return with the real sounds and images of the Dark Continent, including what many believe to be the very first film footage of the Bushmen of Southwest Africa, as well as fascinating images of the rare white rhino. As a result of his daring efforts, Hoefler was elected to membership in the prestigious Explorer's Club in 1930 and the Royal Geographical Society of London in 1931. A book detailing the expedition was released in 1931, which Hoefler himself described as, "... a chronicle of events; a record of strange peoples and wild beasts; a history of varied adventures, crowded into fourteen eventful months." Africa Speaks! was originally released by Columbia, but that studio quickly sold the states' rights to the smaller Mascot Pictures, who would then distribute the film in local markets. Mascot designed and distributed a more exploitative version of the poster for this jungle epic, complete with an almost fully naked image of an African tribeswoman. It is this second version which is most commonly encountered by collectors today. Offered here, however, is the exceedingly scarce original Columbia version of the poster, the version used to promote the picture during its original release. Due to the extreme rarity of original Columbia-issued paper on this title, this gorgeous stone litho has never before been offered by Heritage in over a decade of vintage movie poster auctions. Expert professional restoration has addressed tears in the right background, and paper loss in the background as well as in the right and left border. Additionally, approximately one inch of white paper from the top border has been replaced. The result is a stunning and exceptionally rare poster that will make an outstanding addition to any collection. Speak now, and place your bid today! From the Berwick Discovery. Fine- on Linen.


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