Finding Buster

I’ll be the first to admit that I get a tad cheery when I find a trace of my favorite silent comedian in the most unexpected of places. Since it’s occurred more than once (and I like to keep track of these sort of things), I thought I’d share this small collection of happy happenstances in a post.

The first sighting of the beloved Buster was at an art gallery. There were tons of 1960s music posters done in psychedelic designs, but one especially caught my eye. Done by Stanley Mouse, this poster features a cutout of Buster from his short film Day Dreams (1922), paired with a clever pun and complimentary colors.

Last month, I celebrated my 21st birthday at the Edendale Bar & Restaurant, which opened in 1924 as a fire station. Inside, framed photos of silent film stars adorned the walls, as Silver Lake was a well-known filming and studio location during the Silent Era.

I recalled seeing a blog post about a Keaton mural somewhere in Hollywood, and decided to scope out its location. I figured the best opportunity to do so would be during Cinecon 51, in which my friend and I strolled up and down the block to find it. We came back to the address (6550 Hollywood Boulevard) later in the evening when the shop was closed, and there it was! Unfortunately, it’s a little messy due to graffiti and cleanup, but I’m just glad it’s still visibly there to see.

The film department at my university holds a various collection of classic cinema posters. They line up and down the hallways, and some are featured inside the small theater we have for lectures and screenings. I stumbled upon a poster for El moderno Barba Azul (1946) that is tucked behind the main hallway, and another poster for The Passionate Plumber (1932) which is located inside the (rather dim) main entrance of the theater.

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