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Can anyone ID vintage Frank mask?
« on: February 23, 2019, 02:51:57 PM »
Anyone see the incredible recent posting -- on CHFB -- of Life archive pix from a 1960 UCLA Halloween frat party? (Yup, same one that Forry wrote about in Famous Monsters #12, 1961.)

Askin' for this reason: a few of the pix depict Forry buddy Frank Coe in what, for the time, was a cool, very elaborate Frankenstein mask, in fact first seen in FM as far back as 1959. A knowledgable mask buddy told me this mask was sold on eBay several years ago: apparently described as having a Bert Wheeler magic shop stamp on the inside, it was attributed to makeup FX master Ellis Burman, who had also his own, pre-Don Post "Calendar", line of fancy Universal-style retail masks sold at Wheeler in the early 60s. However, I've long felt this mask was not made by Burman, despite a superficial similarity. (Mask freaks might enjoy this discussion: )

Question, then: does anyone out there have more info on it? Does anyone out there own it? If so, would you be gracious enough to share some more pix of this rare & wonderful monster-boomer piece of history?

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Re: Can anyone ID vintage Frank mask?
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2019, 05:58:48 PM »
Aren't those color shots of it in that Don Glut thread? I'd like to see your little mystery get solved but that mask is from a generation
that had no need to care about documenting such things. The only bright spot is that Don Post's Frankenstein is infinitely better and
can still be seen today in all the best mask collections.