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Joan Crawford Collectibles

Below are vintage Joan items from her early career through her death in 1977.
They're divided into two categories:
Endorsed Products and Other.
Moving your pointer over a picture will bring up additional info, if available.

In addition, you can click below to visit four other pages of collectibles:

 JOAN'S PERSONAL BELONGINGS (clothing, jewelry, etc.)

JOAN'S CARS

VINTAGE SMOKING ITEMS (cigarette cards, etc.)

CONTEMPORARY ITEMS (post-1977 items, including movie memorabilia)

WORKS OF ART INSPIRED BY JOAN (during Joan's lifetime and by today's artists/fans)

 


 

Endorsed Products

Photo courtesy of Rick/Stairway to the Stars.    Thanks to Rick of Stairway to the Stars for the photo.

This one-of-a-kind 11-inch doll (wire, cloth, oil-painted face, jewelled shoes) was created in 1933 by artist Mary Green for Daniel Blum, editor of Screen World magazine. After Blum's death in 1965, many of Green's dolls were auctioned off. This Joan doll was sold at Butterfields, in LA, about a dozen years ago as part of the Dore Freeman Estate. (Thanks to Rick of "Stairway to the Stars" for the doll's history and for the photos. At right is a shot from Hurrell's February 1933 session with Joan that inspired the doll.)

 

1933 laundry ticket out of New Haven, Connecticut, publicizing 'Dancing Lady.'      1935. Hollywood Soap.

  A 7 x 7 Scotch Shortbread tin by John Trent, Ltd., Leyton.    A pin from Pender Breads.    Pifco Floralites, 1930s        For the lonely travelling salesman... 1930s.

 A 1930s college pennant. 4.25 inches long.      Banner displayed at movie theaters for silent-movie showings (c. late '20s/early '30s).

 

Movie-Land Keeno

 

   

 

This game was first issued by Wilder Manufacturing in 1929. A set consisted of 8 large keeno cards (7" x 8.75") on heavy stock and a deck of 48 "calling cards" (2.25" x 3.25").
The first two cards shown here are from the 1929 game. The other two are from a later '30s edition.
Click
here to visit a site with Keeno instructions and other stars' cards.

 

 

Secrets Playing Cards

 

   

Mini playing cards issued by the UK's Secrets magazine in 1935. Cards were 1-1/4" by 1-3/4".

 

 

Film Fantasy Card Game

 

 

Issued by MGM in 1939. The deck had 45 cards (4 each from 11 different films, with the joker, appropriately, from "Ice Follies of 1939")

Card size: 2-5/8" x 3-1/2".

 

 

 

     

 This 101-piece puzzle (10-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches) was released by Midwest Distributors, Inc.,  in 1932 to promote "Rain."
From left: Cover of box, back cover, puzzle.

 

 

1933 paper dolls.       1930s paper dolls.    Cardboard stand-up from a Quaker Oats mail-in offer. To promote 1935's 'I Live My Life.' 7-1/4 inches high.    A 1938 Hamilton gum card, #18. From Canada.

 

A hanky promoting 'Ice Follies of 1939.'      

 Above:  A handkerchief and a pin promoting Ice Follies of 1939.

 

Above:  A Joan Crawford fan-club 'zine from 1938. (Thanks to Chris Wilmore, from his personal collection.)

Below: Fan-club 'zine pages from the 1940s. (You can click on the last one to enlarge.)

 

  Fan newsletter originating in Brooklyn. Vol. II, Issue I, March 1945. 1st anniversary issue. Among the honorary members of the club: BETTE DAVIS!    Fan newsletter, Sept. 1946.     December 1946 fan club newsletter page featuring a Christmas poem. Click to read.

 

 

 

 1947 St. Louis, Missouri, bus pass promoting 'Possessed.'

 

Peter Pan bra, early '50s: 'It's smart to start with a flattering bra.'           1951 dress pattern.

 

 

 

Above: Pepsi salt-and-pepper shakers handed out at a 1955 appearance by Joan at a Topeka, Kansas, Pepsi bottler's plant.

 

 

A 1972 promotional brochure for Joan's last TV appearance, 'The Sixth Sense.' Note the 'Joan Crawford Steele: Director' and Pepsi logo at the bottom of the card.    The inside of 'Sixth Sense' promo brochure.

 

 


Other

Above: A 1929 calendar with image from the Calgary Eye Opener newspaper.

 

     

      Tijuana bible.       1930s Tijuana bible.

 Above are 5 different Tijuana Bible covers featuring Joan. Tijuana Bibles originated in the 1920s (and were produced through the '50s) and featured
popular stars, comic-book characters, politicians, etc., in crude pornographic situations. They were usually 2.75 x 4.25 inches and 8 pages long.

To see inside pages of some of these Tijuana Bibles, click HERE.  Warning: These are sexually explicit drawings, so don't click if you're shy and/or a minor.

 

 

A creepy 22-inch-high puppet from the 1930s, by Everett Burgess.                 A weird figure from 1935. Material, size unknown.

 

December 1938 ad for Joan's used Cadillac.

A 1935 "Seein' Stars" newspaper strip by Feg Murray. The caption beneath Joan's picture reads: "The 'Rhapsody in Blue'--Joan Crawford, who has affected woman's styles more than any other star, has only one dress that isn't some shade of blue."

 

 

A menu (autographed by Joan and husband Doug) from a 7/15/32 luncheon at the Savoy Hotel in Joan's honor.         New Year's Eve 1937 menu from NYC's The Colony restaurant. Signed by Joan, Franchot, and Franchot's mother.

 

  The front of a postcard that Joan sent to her mother, circa 1944. The picture to the right shows the message on the back of the card.    A postcard from Joan to her mother, circa 1944. 'Hello Mom. Jack is at the Canteen and thinking of you.'  Signed by Joan, new husband Phillip Terry, and Walter Brennan.

 

   Oscar head-vase from 1945. This didn't stay on the market long since unapproved products using the Oscar likeness were illegal.

 

 

          1950s, from the collection of Bergdorf-Goodman hair stylist Robert Champion. Auctioned in 2005.

 

 

  

Above: A card that Joan sent to friends, year unknown. (Thanks to Bryan Johnson.)

 

 

      

 

 

Above: Booklet accompanying the February 23, 1963, Pepsi bottlers banquet that honored Joan with the "Pally Award."

 

 


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