Wednesday, March 16, 2022

A Seal of Approval

It is hard to believe that I began writing about Valentino in 2000. Way back when I bought a few things I thought I needed including this lobby card. I found it today in my mess and also found a Life Magazine piece I always liked. I will share that soon. Since this somehow survived the many moves of the past twenty years, I am making it a new logo of sorts. 

Renato made the red wax logo he uses on all his books. It was not so easy to make. He had the logo drawn and then had the metal stamp created. He did a few imprints on the red wax before this one became the favorite. 

Renato's seal of intellectual honesty. A phrase he really uses and respects. The Latin motto on the seal reads, "Rem Tene, Verba Sequentur". Which means, "Know your subject, and the words will come by themselves". 


 

12 comments:

  1. That is a lovely lobby card. And Rem Tene, Verbe Sequentur is a perfect motto for your books. Thank you for the intellectual honesty.

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    1. It is a great lobby card. I bought it in a vintage shop in San Francisco in 2001. I thought it had disappeared but it showed up.

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    2. Beautiful lobby card I agree.

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    3. Indeed that is a great find, very interesting too.

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  2. That's gross...to see that goofy seal imposed on an image of a Valentino lobby card pilfered from an online source.
    "Know your subject, and the words will come by themselves". Great motto. It's too bad the words don't also edit themselves so that all of the spelling errors and false documentation wouldn't be so rampant in the final product of this back alley vanity press.
    A tacky red wax seal won't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

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    1. Jealous Delirium. 👆👆👆

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    2. False documentation? The Floris have made more discoveries about Valentino than this " jealous delirium " commentator who is driven by envy to be a scholar about Rudy and fancies themselves to be a researcher. Probably gets their there facts out the toilet bowl. That seal of approval deserves to be on their books. Well written and well researched.

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    3. Not goofy to see that seal on that lobby card. Renato knows what he is writing about, which is more than I can say for 4: 22.

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    4. Aren't we jealous now ?

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    5. That's really rich coming from a wizened little gremlin who likes to pretend he was Marlene Dietrich's best pal. Dietrich would not have spat on him if he was on fire. Take your delusions back to MAtB, Mr. Batista Morris, where you are welcome. Say hello to Cuzzin Mary!

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    6. Probably was based on the reviews on one of his books.

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  3. Che spreco di tempo e stupidità!

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