Original Long Australian Daybill 15" x 40" good - very good condition for its age, paper loss lower rh corner area, edge and fold wear (see enlarged photo). This poster is significant for collectors of Australian related material as Snowy Baker was one of Australia's successful "export" actors of the 20s and thirties. He starred in this film with Boomerang the wonder horse. (See enlarged photo for condition).
"Long" daybills were produced in Australia until 1941 when they were replaced by the more familiar smaller format.
Snowy Baker was a very popular Australian sportsman and movie star who found success in American silent films.
Snowy Baker was born in Sydney and competed at either state or national level in an incredible 29 different sports reaching international level in five of them. He competed for Australia in rugby union, diving, boxing, swimming and polo. Baker was also accomplished at rowing, equestrian events, athletics, cricket, yachting, fencing, surfing and hockey. He followed his fathers philosophy that varied activity and the enjoyment of good health was the law of life.
In rugby union, Snowy played for the Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales and Australia. He played half back for NSW in 1900 at sixteen years of age, and the following year gained his Australian cap against England.
At the 1908 London Olympic Games, he became the first - and only - Australian to compete in three sports in a single games.