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Friday, August 10, 2012

CELEBRATING EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS - Your Museum Collects Tarzan and John Carter

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY         2012

In The Museum's on-going effort to document the life and times of the world famous Edgar Rice Burroughs, we added this week a copy of the original Tarzan motion picture of 1918, a dramatic Spanish language poster of Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan made for distribution in Mexico and the three interesting still photographs included in this blog posting.


 John Matthew Sheffield-Cassan - Bomba the Jungle Boy - photo gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2012.  (click on image to enlarge it.)

Johnny Sheffield began his film career in 1939 playing "Boy", the adopted son of Tarzan and Jane (Johnny Weissmuller and Maurine O'Sullivan. When he grew into a young man, Sheffield played the role of Bomba The Jungle Boy from 1949 to 1955.

 John Matthew Sheffield-Cassan - Bomba the Jungle Boy - photo gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2012.  (click on image to enlarge it.)

How people of differing cultures are depicted in the media shapes opinions. Images such as this from Bomba the Jungle Boy provide important clues to social scientists, as well as documenting San Fernando Valley culture.

 Jai, the Elephant Boy, is awakened by Gajendra his pet elephant.

Tarzan Goes to India - 1962 MGM film - Photo Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2012.

"The world's favorite hero Tarzan returns to the screen in MGM's exciting jungle adventure, Tarzan Goes to India." Jock Mahoney played Tarzan.

Interested in helping build The Museum's Burroughs' collection?

Willard Simms - Chairman of The Edgar Rice Burroughs Project 

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
21031 Ventura Blvd., Suite 419
Woodland Hills, CA 91364-2230 
Museum messages for Willard Simms              1 (818) 347-9665


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