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    Polly of the Circus (Goldwyn, 1919). Swedish Linocut One Sheet (23.5" X 35").
    When circus aerialist Polly Fisher (Mae Marsh) is injured, she is taken to the nearby home of minister John Hartley (Vernon Steele). The two fall in love and marry secretly. But when the news leaks out, the minister loses his pastorate over disdain by the parishioners for Polly's background as a performer. Polly must decide whether to stay with the man she loves or leave him for the good of his calling. This Swedish poster is a first for Heritage, and features artwork by Eric Rohman. It was produced using the Linocut printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface and the sheet is inked with a roller called a brayer, and then impressed onto paper. Although linoleum as a floor covering dates to the 1860s, the linocut printing technique was used first by the artists of Die Brücke in Germany between 1905 and 1913 where it had been similarly used for wallpaper printing. They initially described these prints as woodcuts, which sounded more respectable. Heritage is pleased to present several Linocut Swedish posters in this auction, as they are exceedingly rare, with only a very few produced over a short period of time. The poster has right edge wear and light vertical creasing. Folded, Very Fine.


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