Fighting Death (Box Office Attractions, 1914). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    In the early years of the twentieth century, professional daredevils were all the rage. Men like Ormer Locklear, the first man to walk on the wing of an airplane, played to packed crowds from one end of the country to the other. It wasn't long before Hollywood noticed these daring young men, and signed the best of them to lucrative film contracts. One of the very best was Rodman "Daredevil" Law, a pioneering parachute performer whose feats of daring included a leap from the top of the Statue of Liberty, a jump from an airplane at 6,000 feet, and an attempt to ride a skyrocket over the Jersey marshes (rather than taking off, the skyrocket exploded, flinging Law quite a distance, but injuring him only slightly). Law made four films between 1912 and 1914, with this marking his last silver screen appearance. He died at the age of 34, in 1919, of tuberculosis. The stunning stone litho poster offered here, very nearly 100 years old, pictures Law performing one of his daring stunts. It had missing paper along all four borders, fold wear with crossfold separation, tears in the image area, and a tear on the right side, but professional restoration has expertly addressed all these minor flaws, returning the poster to a "Near Mint" appearance. An opportunity to add this gem to your collection may never come again. Good/Very Good on Linen.

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