Posted 4 years ago
C.A. Taylor Trunk Works XX Professional from November of 1906 and it still has the original labels, not in the best condition I have seen, but the rustic and used look of the trunk just makes me feel like I could touch it and see all the journeys it may have had. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see a play back in the day, before there was a Hollywood? Wouldn't be exciting to be able to meet the man who started Paramount Pictures before he was Mr. Hollywood? Maybe it was Mr. Lasky who opened this during one of his Robinson Crusoe's Isle productions. Who knows what this trunk was witness too. Researching this trunk was a bit hard, but the things I learned that had I not found this trunk stuffed away in a shed, I would have never known. Saying goes "You learn something new every day."
Jesse L. Lasky (1880-1958), The First Gentleman of Hollywood. What I have is a trunk from his Robinson Crusoe's Isle production on Vaudeville in 1911. It is empty unfortunately, but it is still a valued piece for any C.A. Taylor and/or Hollywood collector, especially if you are a Jesse L. Lasky admirer! The trunk still retains Jesse L. Lasky's name and the Robinson Crusoe's Isle name on it in very legible writing, THE UNIQUE part of this trunk, is on one side, there is a type-o... instead of there being a "R" the person who stenciled the lettering misspelled Robinson, spelling it Sobinson.
SO if anyone else could enlighten me on more about either Jesse L. Lasky, Robinson Crusoe's Isle or the trunk itself, feel free to let me know, the more I know, the better the tale I can tell. Thank you for looking, hope you enjoyed.