Promotional matchbook for the 1937 marijuana exploitation film, Assassin of Youth. Elmer CLIFTON.
Promotional matchbook for the 1937 marijuana exploitation film, Assassin of Youth.

Promotional matchbook for the 1937 marijuana exploitation film, Assassin of Youth.

n.p.: Privately published, 1937.

Item #SKB-16885

A classic, reefer-madness-era anti-marijuana film styled after Reefer Madness and taking its title from a line in a Harry Anslinger article that appeared in The American Magazine that same year. The front cover states: "A Puff---A Party---A Tragedy! Assassin of Youth---Daring!" with an ilustration of a "reefer" emitting smoke. The back cover shows a man and a scantily-clad woman smoking marijuana: "Marihuana Daringly Exposed---Assassin of Youth." All the matches are present and the matches themselves feature a sensational illustration of a sexy woman clutched in the hands of the devil. A couple of minute soiled spots, else near fine. This is one of two matchbook designs for this film. Scarce, vintage Reefer-Madness-era ephemera from the same year that marijuana became illegal.

Price: $350.00

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