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    Traffic in Souls (Universal Film Manufacturing, 1913). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    Although this film is little known today, it occupies an important place in motion picture history. Traffic in Souls is one of the first feature length films produced, running at 88 minutes, and made the fledgling Universal Film Manufacturing Company enough money to expand their operation. It cost the studio only $5,700 to produce (far less than the $200,000 claimed in studio press material), and returned more than $450,000 - thanks in large part to its lurid subject matter of kidnapping and an underground white slavery ring - making the studio a force with which to be reckoned. After the success of this picture, studio head Carl Laemmle decided to relocate his operation to the West Coast, and a movie dynasty was born. Also, although many movies had adapted plays or books in the past, this was the very first movie to be turned into a novel, in addition to being the first American production to tackle the concept of sex. A Heritage first, this incredible stone litho one sheet is one of two known styles, both of which are quite rare. Professionally restored, the poster displays very well after touchup to the folds, a very small tear in the right border, minor tears in left border with small nicks, a stain along the bottom left border, a chip in the upper right corner, and two holes in the upper vertical fold. Very Fine- on Linen.


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