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    Voodoo (Principal Distributing, 1933). Lobby Card (11" X 14"). As far as we can tell, this colorful lobby card hails from a documentary titled "Voodoo" (alternately titled "Voodo"), filmed in 1933. This 36-minute film tells the fascinating story of Faustin Wirkus, a white Marine gunnery sergeant who was appointed administrator of La Gonave, a tropical island off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1933. His task was to settle the internal disputes among the 12,000 natives on that island. As luck would have it, there had been a King Faustin on La Gonave previously; Faustin Wirkus was acknowledged as that ruler's reincarnation, and crowned King in his own right. For three years, Wirkus ruled the island, and was also initiated into the deepest and most secret voodoo rituals. His rule came to an end when he was transferred off the island. Returning home and retiring from the Marine Corp, Wirkus wrote a book with co-author Taney Dudley, "The White King of La Gonave," and produced this documentary. He died in Brooklyn in 1945. This is a lovely card, which shows a drummer, presumably taking part in a voodoo ritual, surrounded by an image of a ghost rising out of a tropical forest. A gorgeous card from an intriguing production, there is some very light tanning to the border edges, and a very slight ink smudge in the lower left. All in all, a great card with lots of graphic appeal. Very Fine.

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