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    Men of the Desert (Essanay, 1917). Lobby Card Set of 8 (11" X 14"), Herald (5.5" X 7"), & Press Sheet (12.25" X 19").
    Now presumably lost, this silent Western drama was produced by the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, an operation jointly founded by Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson and George Kirke Spoor, the co-inventor of the first practical 35 mm movie projector and the man who recorded the world's first newsreel in 1897. These items are some of the few surviving advertisements of the film, depicting Jack Gardner as a cowboy who has just wandered into a town ripped apart by feuding cattlemen and sheepherders, and Ruth King as a cattleman's daughter trying to broker peace between the warring factions. All of the lobby cards have varying degrees of dust shadows (with the title card being the most noticeable), one card has a pinhole in the bottom border, and another has minor paper loss in the left border. The title card and five cards have tears into the image area near the top left corner with archival tape on the verso. The herald is in good shape with only a diagonal crease, and the press sheet has small tears in the borders, a small sliver of paper loss in the lower border, a stain and chips at the fold, and it shows brittleness. Fine+.


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