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Silent Movie Stars

Silent film actors and productions of 1910-1940Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1915
Josie's Declaration of Independence (cinema 1914) - actors & actresses
The height of the silent movie era (the 1910s-1920s) was a period of artistic innovation. Silent film stars had to use their faces to express every emotion — a skill that was lost on most actors when talkies replaced silent movies. Several silent stars including Wallace Beery, Shearer, Laurel and Hardy, Greta Garbo, and Janet Gaynor made a successful transition to talkies.
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Ladies and children are cordially invited to this theatre. No offensive pictures are ever shown here

Ladies and children are cordially invited to this theatre. No offensiv...

Photo shows song birds and roses. Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved fr... More

Welcome, Motion Picture Theaters

Welcome, Motion Picture Theaters

Photo shows a woman with open arms who appears to be rising from an opening tulip flower. Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humor... More

3 minutes intermission while changing pictures

3 minutes intermission while changing pictures

Photo shows woman pointing at pocket watch dial. Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a ... More

The duchess of the table d'hote
Down old harmony way
Show us how to do the fox trot
Josie's Coney Island Nightmare (cinema 1914) - actors & actresses

Josie's Coney Island Nightmare (cinema 1914) - actors & actresses

Public domain photograph of movie actress, film scene, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Josie's Declaration of Independence (cinema 1914) - actors & actresses

Josie's Declaration of Independence (cinema 1914) - actors & actresses

Public domain image of coupe, engagement, family, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The Real thing in cowboys cupid in chaps.

The Real thing in cowboys cupid in chaps.

Motion picture poster for "The Real thing in cowboys" shows one cowboy kneeling in front of another cowboy, possibly Tom Mix, and an alarmed woman standing alongside. Copyright 1914 by Selig Polyscope Co. A Se... More

En båt vid bryggan, 6 personer.
"Adieu Julia"

En båt vid bryggan, 6 personer. "Adieu Julia"

En båt vid bryggan, 6 personer. "Adieu Julia"

Don't forget your umbrella or other parcels

Don't forget your umbrella or other parcels

Photo shows a woman holding an umbrella while crossing a wet street. Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and t... More

Chas. Charlie Chaplin, George Grantham Bain Collection

Chas. Charlie Chaplin, George Grantham Bain Collection

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantham Bain Collection is availabl... More

Warren G. Harding, movie operator

Warren G. Harding, movie operator

Public domain historical photo, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Always leave them laughing when you say good-bye
My hero
Good-bye my tango : (New York what's the matter with you)
The moving man
There's rag time in the air
My arabian maid
That's the kind of a baby for me
Bells
Herbert G. Ponting and his camera / H.G.P.

Herbert G. Ponting and his camera / H.G.P.

Photograph shows Herbert G. Ponting, full-length portrait, standing, facing front, with movie(?) camera on tripod, during the British Antarctic Expedition. J181346 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright 1913 May 12,... More

[Herbert Brenon & Alla Nazimova examining a movie camera, Aug. 9, 1916 - half-length, standing, right profile]

[Herbert Brenon & Alla Nazimova examining a movie camera, Aug. 9, 1916...

Photo copyrighted by Bain News Service, N.Y.C. Title and other information transcribed from unverified, old caption card data and item. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Caption card tracin... More

Morris Levine, 212 Park Street. 11 years old and sells papers every day--been selling five years. Makes 50 cents Sundays and 30 cents other days.  Location: Burlington, Vermont / Lewis W. Hine.

Morris Levine, 212 Park Street. 11 years old and sells papers every da...

Picryl description: Public domain photograph of city street life, vendor, shop sign, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Silent movie star in SD 5

Silent movie star in SD 5

From SDASM's Naval Aviation in San Diego and North Island Collection..Repository: San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive ( http://www.sandiegoairandspace.org/library/stillimages.html )

The right church but the wrong pew
Falling in love
Give me the Hudson shore
Good-bye boys
The Coming of Gretchen (cinema 1913) - actors & actresses

The Coming of Gretchen (cinema 1913) - actors & actresses

Public domain image of coupe, engagement, family, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

I want to learn to "jazz" dance
Harvest (cinema 1913) - actors & actresses

Harvest (cinema 1913) - actors & actresses

Public domain photograph of movie actress, film scene, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description Public domain photograph of movie actress, film industry, free to use, no copyright rest... More

Betty Mack and Talmages i.e. Connie and Norma Talmadge

Betty Mack and Talmages i.e. Connie and Norma Talmadge

Photograph shows American silent movie star Constance Alice Talmadge (1898-1973). (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2019) Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. Forms part of: George ... More

[Princess Theatre], Motion Picture Theaters

[Princess Theatre], Motion Picture Theaters

Public domain photograph of theater building, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

If you expect to rate as a gentleman, you will not expectorate on the floor

If you expect to rate as a gentleman, you will not expectorate on the ...

Paper print made from lantern slide used as announcemenet in motion picture theaters. Text appears with a border design. "No. B 17." Copyright claimant: Electro Mechanical Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

Adjusting film. Show will continue in a few minutes

Adjusting film. Show will continue in a few minutes

Paper print made from lantern slide used as announcemenet in motion picture theaters. Text appears with photo of girl hammering at a film projector. "No. C 6." Copyright claimant: The Electro Mechanical Co., Cl... More

What's your hurry?

What's your hurry?

At a birthday party, the father of the house is given a double-barrel shotgun, over which he is most enthusiastic. Meanwhile, his daughter recieves a letter saying that her boyfriend will be home from college e... More

Ladies kindly remove your hats, Motion Picture Theaters

Ladies kindly remove your hats, Motion Picture Theaters

Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved frame. J170054 U.S. Copyright Office... More

Iola's promise

Iola's promise

Iola, an Indian girl, is held captive by a gang of cutthroats. She is rescued by Jack Harper, a prospector. In gratitude, she promises to help him to find gold, and, when his fiancee is about to be burned at th... More

Come to the land of the Argentine
Prunella mine
The Doctor's Orders (cinema 1913) - actors & actresses

The Doctor's Orders (cinema 1913) - actors & actresses

Public domain photograph of movie actress, film scene, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description Public domain photograph of movie actress, film industry, free to use, no copyright rest... More

Harem life : (outside of that every little thing's all right)
Shimmee town
Harvest (cinema 1913) - actors & actresses

Harvest (cinema 1913) - actors & actresses

Public domain vintage artistic photograph, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

The naked truth
The Real thing in cowboys cupid in chaps.

The Real thing in cowboys cupid in chaps.

Motion picture poster for "The Real thing in cowboys" shows one cowboy kneeling in front of another cowboy, possibly Tom Mix, and an alarmed woman standing alongside. Copyright 1914 by Selig Polyscope Co. A Se... More

The Real thing in cowboys cupid in chaps.

The Real thing in cowboys cupid in chaps.

Motion picture poster for "The Real thing in cowboys" shows one cowboy kneeling in front of another cowboy, possibly Tom Mix, and an alarmed woman standing alongside. Copyright 1914 by Selig Polyscope Co. A Se... More

Portrett, Sarah Bernhardt, filmstjerne, skuespiller mm. Kristianiabesøk i 1902.

Portrett, Sarah Bernhardt, filmstjerne, skuespiller mm. Kristianiabesø...

Public domain photograph of 19th-century Norwegian female, studio photography, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description Portrett, Sarah Bernhardt, filmstjerne, skuespiller mm. Kristian... More

Good night, Motion Picture Theaters

Good night, Motion Picture Theaters

Photo shows a woman yawning in her night clothes while holding a lit candle. Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograp... More

[Members of the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation: left to right: Jesse L. Lasky, Adolph Zukor, Samuel Goldwyn, Cecil B. DeMlle and Al Kaufman]

[Members of the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation: left to right: Jesse...

No. 1715-24Z. Forms part of: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).

Beatrice Barefacts
I'm after Madame Tetrazzini's job
Black berryin' to-day
Simple melody
In Florida among the palms
Harvest (cinema 1913) - actors & actresses

Harvest (cinema 1913) - actors & actresses

Public domain photograph - performance, burlesque, dance, cabaret, operetta, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Harvest (cinema 1913) - actors & actresses

Harvest (cinema 1913) - actors & actresses

Picryl description: Public domain vintage artistic photograph, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Laura Comstock's bag-punching dog

Laura Comstock's bag-punching dog

Opens with the head and shoulders of a woman in full dress and hat and the front paws and head of a boxer visible behind a sign that reads "Miss Laura Comstock's Bag Punching Dog." Cuts to the dog sitting on hi... More

Good night / D'Artois., Motion Picture Theaters

Good night / D'Artois., Motion Picture Theaters

Paper print made from lantern slide used as announcemenet in motion picture theaters. Text appears with an Art Nouveau design. "No. A 16." Copyright claimant: Electro Mechanical Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Title and ... More

Please applaud with hands only, Motion Picture Theaters

Please applaud with hands only, Motion Picture Theaters

Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved frame.

I've lost my teddy bear
I wo nder who's kissing her now
The Cowardly Way (cinema 1915) - actors & actresses

The Cowardly Way (cinema 1915) - actors & actresses

Public domain photograph of movie actress, film scene, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description Public domain photograph of movie actress, film industry, free to use, no copyright rest... More

[Majestic Theatre, Detroit, Mich.], Motion Picture Theaters

[Majestic Theatre, Detroit, Mich.], Motion Picture Theaters

Picryl description: Public domain image of a historic building in Detroit, Michigan, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Good night / D'Artois., Motion Picture Theaters

Good night / D'Artois., Motion Picture Theaters

Paper print made from lantern slide used as announcemenet in motion picture theaters. Text appears with an Art Nouveau design. "No. B 16." Copyright claimant: The Electro Mechanical Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

Advertise your business on this screen and get results. See the manager

Advertise your business on this screen and get results. See the manage...

Photo shows a cow and pansy flowers. Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved... More

If annoyed when here, please tell the management

If annoyed when here, please tell the management

Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved frame.

Loud talking or whistling not allowed

Loud talking or whistling not allowed

Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved frame. J170028 U.S. Copyright Office... More

Burr McIntosh

Burr McIntosh

Photograph probably shows William Burr McIntosh (1862-1942) who was a movie studio owner, silent film actor, photographer and a pioneer in the early film and radio business. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2014)

June i.e. Jane & Kath. Lee

June i.e. Jane & Kath. Lee

Photograph shows child movie stars Jane Lee (1912-1957), dressed as a nurse and her sister Katherine Lee (1909-1968), dressed as a soldier, at the automobile fashion show, Sheepshead Bay Speedway, New York City... More

Charlie Chaplin and Sousa

Charlie Chaplin and Sousa

Public domain photograph of an actor, movie film scene, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The lost battalion

The lost battalion

Based on the experiences of soldiers in the American 77th Infantry Division, about 550 of whom were isolated and surrounded by the Germans during the Battle of the Argonne in World War I. The men suffered from ... More

Vilia : song
Heaven will protect the working girl : (a burlesque ballad)
Bumble bee
Beautiful girl
There was a time
At the ball, that's all
The Cowardly Way (cinema 1915) - actors & actresses

The Cowardly Way (cinema 1915) - actors & actresses

Public domain photograph of movie actress, film scene, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description Public domain photograph of movie actress, film industry, free to use, no copyright rest... More

May Allison with movie camera, Helen Taft

May Allison with movie camera, Helen Taft

Photograph shows actress May Allison (1890-1989) with Helen Taft and a motion picture camera. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2018) Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. Forms part... More

Helen Taft, May Allison (with movie camera)

Helen Taft, May Allison (with movie camera)

Public domain historical photo, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Alice In Wonderland [1903] - Silent movie

Alice In Wonderland [1903] - Silent movie

Alice In Wonderland [1903] silent movie. This movie is in the Public Domain under Creative Commons licence.

Takoma, Washington. Old movie theatre, Motion Picture Theaters

Takoma, Washington. Old movie theatre, Motion Picture Theaters

Photograph shows four men standing at the entrance of movie theater; signage in background "Edison's moving pictures, Entertainment for ladies and children"; man on far right points to sign "Moving pictures - A... More

The Gibson goddess

The Gibson goddess

An attractive young lady at a beach resort draws unwanted attention from a group of unruly young men, so she disguises herself with a long beach coat and plenty of padding. Not recognizing the beauty they had s... More

Ramona : Alessandro's love song to Ramona
Put your arms around me, honey (I never knew any girl like you)
Borrow from me
Isle d'amour : (isle of love)
On the honeymoon express
When the ships come home
O-hi-o : o-my!-o!
Uncle Tom's Cabin featuring Irving Cummings

Uncle Tom's Cabin featuring Irving Cummings

Motion picture poster for "Uncle Tom's cabin" shows an old white woman waving finger at an African American child with a book.

The Rustler's reformation, Movie Poster

The Rustler's reformation, Movie Poster

Motion picture poster for "The rustler's reformation" shows cowboy with arm around woman. Copyright 1913 by Selig Polyscope Co. A Selig western drama.

Two men using a movie camera indoors

Two men using a movie camera indoors

Title devised by cataloger. "Le Parvo" and "J. Debrie, Paris" on 35 mm movie camera. No Detroit Publishing Co. no. Gift; State Historical Society of Colorado; 1949.

Madam, how would you like to sit behind the hat you are wearing

Madam, how would you like to sit behind the hat you are wearing

Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved frame. J170034 U.S. Copyright Office... More

Change of song to-morrow, Motion Picture Theaters

Change of song to-morrow, Motion Picture Theaters

Photo shows a woman playing a musical instrument while a man admires her. Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, ... More

Silent movie star in SD 4

Silent movie star in SD 4

From SDASM's Naval Aviation in San Diego and North Island Collection..Repository: San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive ( http://www.sandiegoairandspace.org/library/stillimages.html )

The fringe of society
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