Wednesday, September 26, 2018

'Chive Cast 92 - Late Summer Fun Trips

Skye and Steve hit the road and record a show LIVE at some of the greatest vintage Star Wars collections in the world during the recent New York State Collector Event. We interview friends, family and collectors about their favorite items from the collections of Ron Salvatore, Yehuda Kleinman and Paul Chu. Plus, we take you with us as we walk, talk, travel and party together on a boat and in hotels. Steve gets initiated into the Pop-a-Jalop ritual and Skye conducts a strange interview with artist and bootlegger supreme the Sucklord. Then, Ron and Yehuda become official Guest Hosts for the second half of the show as they take you through the first ever ICCC convention in Nashville. 

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At Ron’s House:
02:49 – Kenner Plush Fat Jawa
05:15 – Kenner Golf Trophy
06:26 – Bunny Ear Trooper
08:18 – Rios Scrapbook
10:44 – Yoda Bootleg Toothbrush Holder
12:12 – Black Bespin Guard Focus: Hardcopy, Sculpt and QC Sample
18:52 – Boat

At Yehuda’s AT-Attic:
20:19 – Alex Bickmore talks Jessica Meade Head Mold
23:41 – Elaine Grief talks Stretch Pennies and her husband talks about the ceiling
26:57 – Kevin Lentz discusses Bootleg Indonesian Little Golden Non-Read-Along-Books
28:17 – Anne Jenkins discusses Power Spark
29:35 – Duncan Jenkins discusses Hebrew language books and VHS
31:26 – Jonathan McElwain discusses Yupi
36:09 – Modern Lovers: Fruit Loop Han Troopie with David Brott

34:21 – (Drunken Nonsense) Poppin’ Jalops with Yehuda, Ron, Ross and Mattias
50:28 – (Sober Nonsense) The Ronkonkoma Dunkin’ Donuts Story with Ron and Skye

At Paul Chu’s:
56:10 – Mattias describes Tusken Raider Photo Art and Negative
1:04:01 – David Gaule describes Fett Color Separations and the RECENT history of their discovery
1:08:22 – Paul Chu introduces The Carded Rocket Fett
1:10:05 – Erik Janniche explains the discovery of the Carded Rocket Fett
1:15:43 – Ron tells of matching the Toy Fair ’79 Negative to the Carded Rocket Fett
1:22:49 – Paul describes the Rocket Fett Negative
1:25:58 – Jonathan McElwain talks about a Paperweight
1:27:00 – Steve Rensi, Alex Bickmore and Derek Ho talk about Popy Inserts
1:29:51 – The UZAY run
1:31:11 – The Head Man story with Jonathan Morla and Paul Chu

In Chinatown:
1:38:14 – Skye goes to Sucklord’s Suckhole

In Nashville:
1:49:05 – Ron and Yehuda Go to ICCC
1:50:30 – Pete LeRose talks Vinyl Cape Jawa Values (MarketWatch)
1:51:56 – Yehuda unboxes his VIP package
1:53:49 – Michael Havens talks ICCC
1:57:09 – Yehuda talks about Factors Jewlery Display
1:58:40 – Duncan Jenkins discusses panels and buying Canadian Comics (Unloved Item)
2:01:53 – Ryan and Cathy Peck Discuss Cosplay (Space Freaks of the Week)
2:04:31 – Christopher and Stephanie Riehle recap the show

2:07:16 – Steve Danley Man Out

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Monday, September 24, 2018

From The Jazz Singer to Star Wars: Collecting the "50 Years of Talking Pictures" Postage Stamp

Ron writes:

 Back in the day, stamp collecting was all the rage among the sorts of grown men who now collect action figures and stuff related to Dale Earnhardt. These days, however, it's rare for people to use stamps, let alone collect them. Fortunately for the nostalgic among us, there are at least a few Star Wars items that tie into the weird old world of stamp collecting. Here's guest blogger Jonathan McElwain to discuss a few of them.

Jonathan writes:

On October 6, 1977, the United States Postal Service (USPS), in conjunction with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) marked the 50th Anniversary of Talking Pictures with a 13-cent commemorative postage stamp. The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, premiered on October 6, 1927 and ushered in the era of feature length “Talkies.”

The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held on KTLA Stage 6, the site where The Jazz Singer was filmed. The stamp was designed by Walter Einsel. This is the Program from the Ceremony, autographed by Einsel, Ernest Borgnine, and others.

You may be wondering, what does any of this have to do with Star Wars? Well, I managed to pick up the program while at a recent gathering of Star Wars collectors in the NYC area. Does that count?

Eager to cash in on the popularity of Star Wars, a number of cachets and other postal commemoratives were produced to mark the first day of issue of the Talking Pictures stamp featuring imagery from Star Wars.

This album insert page was produced by H.E. Harris, a General Mills subsidiary, who would go on to produce the Star Wars Postage Stamp Collecting Kit in early 1978:

This cachet features imagery of Jolson in blackface, as well as two X-Wings and a TIE Fighter:

This cachet, produced by Western Heritage Association has a design which complements the stamp image, extending the projector lines toward a similar image of Jolson, with the vanishing point logo with inset Jung image of Luke & Leia below:

The MPAA released this official cachet, featuring images from six films recognized for significant advancement in sound technology. This includes an early Disney connection, with Fantasia featured for Optical Stereo Sound and Star Wars featured for Stereo Sound with Noise Reduction:

Last but not least, the Collectors Book Store from Hollywood, California produced a set of eight cachets in a matching numbered edition of 3,000. The set was divided into two subsets, with each subset of four accompanied by a black-and-white photo booklet:

The Science Fiction Series subset of four cachets features images selected by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films. A color image from Star Wars is at the center of the group:

The Fantasy Series subset of four cachets features images selected by The Count Dracula Society.  The third envelope in this series features a young Christopher Lee in 1958’s Horror of Dracula:

It’s quite possible that there are more Talking Pictures cachets waiting to be found in this unloved early corner of collecting.