CHARLIE "THE LITTLE TRAMP" CHAPLIN - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO - HFSID 19282
CHARLIE CHAPLIN, CO-SIGNED BY: GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO B/w Italian picture postcard of the Ponte Scaligero in Verona, Italy, signed by comedian Charlie Chaplin and Italian author and revolutionary Gabrielle D'Annunzio Picture postcard signed "Love from/Charlie Chaplin" and
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CHARLIE CHAPLIN, CO-SIGNED BY: GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO
B/w Italian picture postcard of the Ponte Scaligero in Verona, Italy, signed by comedian Charlie Chaplin and Italian author and revolutionary Gabrielle D'Annunzio
Picture postcard signed "Love from/Charlie Chaplin" and "G. d'Annunzio", both in purple ink, plus seven unknown signatures. Blue pencil notations above address in unknown hand. 5½x3½ overall, 5x3 image, one surface. Italian postcard, printed in Rome, Italy. Picture postcard of the tower of the Ponte Scaligero in Verona, Italy. One red-and-white stamp affixed. Addressed to Mrs. C. B. Thomas, La Bourbole, Auvergne, France. The first great screen comedian, and arguably the best of all time, CHAPLIN (1889-1977, born Charles Spencer Chaplin in London, United Kingdom) was also a talented director and screenwriter. In the silent era, his many outstanding films included Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914), The Kid (1921), Gold Rush (1925) and City Lights (1931). Chaplin was less consistently successful in the talking era, the great strength of his character the Little Tramp having been physical comedy, but his later noteworthy films included Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940) and Limelight (1952). Poet, novelist, playwright and journalist D'ANNUNZIO (1863-1938, born Gaetano Rapagnetta in Pescara, Italy) appeared in print in the early 1880s. Critics universally praised his style, but some condemned his sensual themes as immoral. His first novel, published in English as The Child of Pleasure, appeared in 1889. D'Annunzio always lived life to the fullest. He had a long affair with the actress Eleanora Duse, casting her in several of his plays. An ardent Italian nationalist, D'Annunzio urged Italy to join World War I on the Allied side. During the war, he became a celebrated fighter pilot, losing an eye. Angry at the Versailles Treaty, which awarded the city of Fiume (now Rijeka) to Yugoslavia, D'Annunzio led Italian volunteers in seizing the city (1919), hoping Italy would annex it. When Italy declined, and instead blockaded the port, D'Annunzio declared it independent. While governing Fiume for a year, D'Annunzio set many precedents which Italian dictator Mussolini would later imitate: the title of "Duce", balcony speeches, blackshirted followers, and a constitution establishing a "corporatist" state. After Mussolini took power in Italy, however, he viewed D'Annunzio as a potential rival. The poet played no active role in the fascist state, although he supported Mussolini's expansionist foreign policy. D'Annunzio strongly opposed Mussolini's alliance with Hitler. Lightly toned, soiled, silvered, creased and bowed. Some signatures touch. Some signatures have bled lightly and are lightly spotted but are legible. Pencil notation touches signature. Lightly pounded and worn corners. Light scuff marks and scratches (not visible head-on) and impressions on image. Otherwise in fine condition.
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