Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Traffic in Souls (Universal Film Manufacturing, 1913). One Sheet (28" X 42").
    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. The film is a compelling drama about a woman who, with the help of her police officer boyfriend Burke (Matt Moore), goes undercover in the white slavery ring headed by a respectable businessman that has kidnapped her sister. It cost Universal $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 - 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 film, the first American production to tackle the concept of sex, was the very first movie to be turned into a novel. 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, small tears in the left border, a small chip and tear in the center of the top border, and one tear with a small chip near the top right corner. Very Fine- on Linen.


    Please see full-color, enlargeable images above for more details.

    View movie details on IMDB
    View movie details on AllMovie


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2015
    28th-29th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 962

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold on Mar 28, 2015 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2022 March 26 - 27 Movie Posters Signature® Auction .

    Learn about consigning with us

    Grey is a true asset to Heritage Auctions and Heritage Auctions are a true asset to the Movie Poster Hobby.
    Jim G.,
    Ray, MI
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Auction #162143 spotlights


    Jaws (Universal, 1975). Very Fine on Linen. One Sheet
    BID NOW


    You Only Live Twice (United Artists, 1967). Fine+ on Linen. One Sheet
    BID NOW


    The Wizard of Oz (MGM, R-1949). Folded, Fine/Very Fine. One Sheet
    BID NOW


    Action in the North Atlantic (Warner Bros., 1943). Folded, Fine/Very Fine. One Sheet
    BID NOW


    First Spaceship on Venus (Crown International, 1962). Folded, Fine/Very Fine. One Sheet
    BID NOW


    Some Like It Hot (United Artists, 1959). Fine/Very Fine on Linen. One Sheet
    BID NOW


    The Great Escape (United Artists, 1963). Fine+ on Linen. One Sheet
    BID NOW


    Jailhouse Rock (MGM, 1957). Folded, Very Fine-. Window Card
    BID NOW

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search