Study: A Sidney Toler Album

A collection of artifacts relating to Sidney Toler

Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan
Publicity Still (front and reverse)
Dated: October 18, 1938
(10 x 8 inches)

This was very possibly the first photograph of Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan.  The venerable image has, as can be seen on the reverse, been used over the years to publicize Charlie Chan films.  The earliest rubber-stamped date, October 18, 1938, coincides with the date of the official announcement by 20th Century-Fox of their choice of Sidney Toler to replace the late Warner Oland as Chan.  This was probably the publicity photo sent out by that film studio to accompany their announcement to the press.

Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan
Spanish collector’s card
Produced by Chromos Cinefoto, Barcelona, Spain
c. late 1930s 
(2 x 3 inches)

Sidney Toler is Charlie Chan in 20th Century-Fox Pictures
20th Century-Fox postcard
Dated: September 28, 1940 
(3 3/8 x 5 5/8 inches)

Sidney Toler as “Charlie Chan” for Monogram
Facsimile Sidney Toler inscription and signature on the front;
actual signature by Toler (and others) on the reverse.
c. 1946 
(7 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches)

To Harlene – Charlie Chan
Autograph book page signed in pencil by Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan
Circa mid-1940s
(4 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches)

Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan button
Produced by Art Fair, New York
(2 inches diameter)

Charlie Chan image based on Sidney Toler (original art) used on the 
cover of each of the four issues of Charlie Chan’s Mystery Magazine
c. 1973
(6 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches)

Legendary Sleuths of the Silver Screen
Dominican $1 postage stamp series
Date of issue: July 31, 1996 
(Each stamp measures 2 x 1 1/2 inches)

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