Thats based on Eastman's original 23FG H.L.B A-2. Its leather on canvas. Pretty unique, I've not seen another like this.... But there it is.
Ken, I need to take the blame for that. What I did was separate the upper and lower pieces and sew them onto a piece of hemp cloth. It is not period correct I know, but the look reallyWhy the masive border? I've never seen one like that before in the flesh or in photos, original or repro?????
To be frank and no offense, according to the chinese characters of the bloodchit on Seal Collin's jacet, i dont' think his wife is actually a Chinese, the characters looked even worse than any other Repros, just like a kid's handwriting....Actually Sean Collin's wife is Chinese and she wrote the characters based on original chits. He was saying how 'incorrect' many of the repro chits actually are.
Obviously I can't read or write any Chinese dialect, so, go figure...
You nailed it Brett!Sean's wife is Chinese. Whether she can read and write Chinese, well email Sean Collins and ask the man himself.
I'm sure he has a ton of reference material also, that he'd be willing to share.
I'm no expert for sure, but from what I understand, and been told by a number of sources... is that as Thomas says, many of these chits were not actually made or written by Chinese. There was something made that was used as a template, that was then copied by other, non-Chinese... Indians, US personal, etc who drew, painted and made these chits in theatre, etc... Not in all cases, but in many.
So, many of the originals we see are actually copies, sometimes copies of copies... not that accurate themselves. Works of art for sure...
In any case, so much variation. I have many pics of original chits and repro chits and they are ALL different.
Not being able to read or write any Chinese dialect leaves me simply being happy with the 'aesthetic'... For me the chit is a homage to this particular theatre, that I find so interesting and colourful.