1918 glass slide for Magic Lantern projector, to be shown in movie theatres advertising upcoming Paramount silent movie ‘Private Peat” starring Canadian Private Harold Peat.
Peat was a Private in the Queen’s Own Regiment 3rd battalion and at the age of 21 lost his right arm at the battle of Ypres of in April 1915. He wrote a book about it, which became a New York Times bestseller and then made into a silent movie in 1918.
Nice image of Private Peat in a battlefield.
At bottom space where theatre owner would write in dates when movie will be shown.
Produced by the Excelsior Illustration Co. of NYC.
On frame: EXCELSIOR ILLUSTRATING CO. 219 SIXTH AVE. N.Y. CITY
Really nice condition.
3-¼” x 4”
Harold Reginald Peat (July 12, 1893 – 1960) was a Canadian soldier and author.
Born in Jamaica in 1893, and emigrated to Toronto with his mother.
He served as a private in the 3rd Battalion of the First Canadian Contingent during World War I. He was hit by an explosive bullet and lost his right arm. While recuperating in a hospital, he became pen-mate with Louisa Watson Small, a British writer. In August 1916 they married.
Louisa helped Harold write Private Peat (1917), a memoir of his experiences during World War I and after. He described himself as an ardent Prohibitionist but in the book he said he did not think the rum ration controversially issued to Canadian troops was dangerous. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list in 1918 and 1919. The film Private Peat (1918) was directed by Edward José based on the book with Peat starring as himself, Miriam Fouche, and William Sorelle acted in the movie with Peat.
“This propaganda picture was based on a book of the same name by Harold R. Peat, and put together inexpensively by Artcraft/Paramount with the help of newsreel footage. Peat, one of the first North Americans to enlist in World War I, was actually a Canadian, but here they make him a red-blooded American. He is alone in the world, except for his girlfriend Mary (Miriam Fouche), and he is anxious to join up when war breaks out. But the army rejects him because of his small chest. He is despondent until he and his friend, Old Bill, concoct a scheme whereby they are both accepted. After a stint in training camp, Harry bids his sweetheart Mary goodbye and accompanies Bill to France. Following several adventures at the front, Bill is killed and Harold, in trying to save a load of ammunition, is wounded. Harold spends some time in a French hospital, after which Mary comes to France to bring her heroic private home.”