Monday, June 26, 2006

Help Needed - Talk of the Town 1942 Movie Collectible Glasses???

We received this email a few days ago from one of our readers.
I am trying to find out some information on a set of collector glasses. They are in the original box. On the box it has printed Talk of the Town. There are 8 glasses, each one having different sayings on them. I was told they were from the 1942 movie, starring Cary Grant.

But the sayings on the glasses do not make any sense to me, as coming from a movie. Such as one glass has on it, Ladies over 45 please remove your hats.

Another has, Those who have seen the entire show please pass out so others may do so.

I would really like any information you could help me with.

Thank-you,

Roy

The sayings do sound like they belong with old time movies to me, particularly about the hats. Wearing fancy wide brimmed hats was quite the rage during the silent movie era, and it carried over for awhile into the talkies. It was very common for a sign to be flashed on the screen, asking the ladies to remove their hats. I guess the humor comes from the "over 45" reference. Both of the sayings that Roy quoted are humorous, so I'm assuming the other 6 sayings are, too(turned out to be a wrong assumption).

Well, he's sent me pictures of the glasses. Now I understand his confusion. While some of them are definitely movie related, others are puzzling. And not all of them have a humorous tone.

Talk of the Town Box Talk of the Town Glasses

Talk of the Town Glasses

Talk of the Town  Glasses


Talk of the Town Box Talk of the Town Glasses

Talk of the Town Glasses

Talk of the Town  Glasses

Talk of the Town Glasses


Here are the other sayings, as best as I could make out from the large pics he sent me:

Entire change of program Sunday, Tuesday, Friday
In Case of Fire Go to the Nearest EXIT
NOTICE Walk not Run in case of Fire
Good Night Call Again
One Moment Please While the Operator Changes Reels


But I was not able to find any information about this set of glasses anywhere on the net. I probably just didn't think of the right set of search terms. So if any of you recognize these glasses, or have better luck searching than I did, please comment, so Roy can learn more about his vintage set of glasses. If you have a guess as to their value, he'd be interested in your opinion, too.

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12 comments:

Chana said...

sorry i can't help but i sure hope someone can...good luck.

Dirty Butter said...

It's an interesting quest, and if anyone does come up with some information, I think we'll all enjoy learning about them, Chana.

I've asked him to send me pictures if he can, and I sure hope he can. He's made me very curious.

Chana said...

they are quite lovely actually. i do hope he enjoys them even if his mystery never gets solved. i do hope that it might do now that there is a pic to go along.

what a lovely find. i love that there is a place to come to reminice and learn and comfortable enough to ask. thank you for the blog.

have a good day.

Dirty Butter said...

I have a movie buff friend, Chana, who's taken a look at the pics. He doesn't think they have anything to do with any specific movie, but are more generic to the era.

Doing research on such items is just like being on that PBS show, the History Detectives!!

Chana said...

you Sherlock Holmes and me Johnny Diamond.... i love those old radio shows. they played them here at night from 11 til 1 am...

Dirty Butter said...

I forget you’re in Canada. The History Detectives is a public television show, done by the same people who do the Antiques Road Show.

They do the research of some vintage or antique piece, and sometimes they find out the object is a fake, and sometimes it turns out to be the real thing. We always enjoy it, and the Antiques Road Show, too.

Norma said...

They make perfect sense to me--how old are you? They are information at or over exits in movie theaters and other public places, info on when the offerings change, and slides on the screens at movie theaters. Old films had more than one reel, and the film operator had to stop the movie and change them. The slide appeared on the screen so people wouldn't think the film was broken, which also happened.

Dirty Butter said...

The one that puzzled me was "Good night, Call again." I don't see the connection. And there's another one where I couldn't see the saying on the glass. All I can see is a girl in what appears to be a Polynesian dress.

As for age, Norma, I was born in '43. I do remember the reels being changed, and I do remember films breaking, too.

Chana said...

i will miss your memories for the next few days...i hope you guys find the answers to this mystery soon. thank you for the kindness and care you always shown me. here i go to relive some real time old memories. read you when i get back. take care. hugs. pls pass my greetings to mama house too.

Dirty Butter said...

I hope your trip goes well for you, Chana. It sounds important. {{{HUGS}}}

shilo said...

Hi!
These sure are different! I've never seen any like them at all.
It will be very interesting to hear what they find out.

I tried to vote for you just now at the Village, but I forgot to put in my name, when I tried to go back to fix it, it told me I can only vote once. Sheesh....will have to try again tomorrow. By the way, my vote never did show up.

have a great nite!
talk with you soon. :)

Dirty Butter said...

Thanks, Shilo, for the effort, but what you were doing was leaving a Comment on BLOG VILLAGE, which does require a name. All you need to do to vote for me is to click on the red and blue square on the left column of this blog, and that will take you to the voting page, with no name needed.