The Library of Congress, who own the original lantern slide prints, describe these black and white silent movie title cards from around 1912 as text “superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved frame.” These images were created by Scott & Van Altena (aka John D Scott and Edward Van Altena), who were considered some of the leading slide makers of the era.
Granted, they’re not exactly like the loud and eye-popping previews you see before movies today — or even the dancing soda cups of the 1950s — but they got the job done, and amused the crowds at the same time.
Old silent movie title cards: Welcome (1912)
Motion picture etiquette: Loud talking or whistling not allowed
Ladies kindly remove your hats
Madam, how would you like to sit behind the hat you are wearing
Please applaud with hands only
Kindly remain seated
Ladies and children are cordially invited to this theatre. No offensive pictures are ever shown here
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