Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Prof. Paul Hazard

Via Flickr:
Bain News Service,, publisher.

Prof. Paul Hazard

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

General information about the Bain Collection is available at

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Call Number: LC-B2- 3148-15

Austrian Mustache

Untitled by ggaabboo
Untitled, a photo by ggaabboo on Flickr.

photographer: Robert Steidl - Bruck / Austria 1870 - 88

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Charlie Chaplin had a Fantastic Mustache

The Pilgrim (1923)

Short Film
Writer/Director: Charles Chaplin
Cinematographer: Roland Totheroh
Cast: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Kitty Bradbury, Syd Chaplin, Mack Swain, Charles Reisner, Tom Murray
via the One-Line Review
An escaped convict on the lam, disguised as a preacher, is mistaken for the new minister of Devil's Gulch, where he muddles through a service, falls for his landlady’s daughter, and comes unstuck at the hands of a former cellmate, in this tremendously entertaining if somewhat unexceptional Chaplin short. Iain.Stott
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Mack Swain, American Actor

Mack Swain (February 16, 1876 - August 25, 1935) was an American actor and vaudevillian, prolific throughout the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. ) from Wikipedia

Mack Swain (1876-1935) -American comedian. Outer: Entered show business quite young, touring with minstrel shows, vaudeville troupes and stock companies. In 1899, he married Cora King. Spent some two decades on the stage, before joining the Keystone stable in his late 30s. 6’2”, 280 lbs. Started out as a support to Charlie Chaplin, playing his large size off the diminutive comedian as a heavy foil, before starring in his own series as an oversized lecher named Ambrose with a huge mustache and heavy make-up. Remained with Keystone for 4 years, then moved around to several studios, as his initial film career waned. Married. Rescued by Charlie Chaplin, who cast him in his most memorable role as prospector Big Jim McKay in The Gold Rush, in 1925, where in his hunger and delerium, he imagines Chaplin as an edible chicken. Played character parts and occasional leads in feature films, and then retired, before dying of a probable heart attack. Inner: Genial, modest, lovable. Large-framed lifetime, once again, of playing with the comic possibilities of a huge body, and once more being undone by his appetites and a heart that could not support his overblown physical frame.