1929 Ad Photoplay Contest Talkie Name Talking Picture Movie Sound Film YPP3


This is an original 1929 black and white print ad for a contest run by Photoplay Magazine to find a smart new name for talking pictures other than, as they put it, the inelegant "talkie." Prize money of $500 will be awarded. Some names already suggested include: audien, cinelog, dramaphone, phototone, cinephone, and photovoice. This is an interesting original piece of movie history as the format changed from silent to talking pictures.


This 83+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging in margins. No creases. No natural defects. Some light surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Print Ad; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 8 x 11.25 inches; 20 x 29 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)