Hand-tinted silent film promo cards

This post is dedicated to dear friend and film buff Charlie Fisher. Long ago as a junior copywriter à la Peggy Olson, he penned a tagline for Oreo knockoffs—”the black and white cookie with the Technicolor taste.” The silent films here were shot in black and white, but their promos are certainly speaking Technicolor. Click through to view the image records in the NYPL Digital Gallery.

Rudolph Valentino, toreador

Man, woman, harp

Woman and couple

Hot pink flag before bull

Bride, groom, crone

Ticker-tape triumph

Each kiss flamed with danger!

Her Gilded Cage

Her Gilded Coat

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