Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Photos of Chaplin taken at the White Studio in New York City during his first tour of America with the Fred Karno Co., c.1910

Source: NYPL

Little did he realize at the time that photos from this sitting would be used to promote his films many years later. For example, here is a lobby card for Sunnyside (1919) using the photo at top right.


  1. I think I like the Sunnyside photo the least. Did Karno pay for these or was it CC's idea and $$? Was this his first portrait sitting? Any done in England? Thanks!

    1. I don't think this was his first ever sitting. He had some photos taken when he was 15 or 16 at a studio in London and when he returned in '21 he went back to the photographer to get the negatives but he no longer had them.I think this story is in "My Trip Abroad." The White Studio sitting was probably his first in America. There was one other that was done by the Sussman Studio in Minneapolis but I believe that was a year or so later. There are also photos that were taken of him in character not just for Karno but for Casey's Circus (Dr. Walford Bodie, etc). The latter were definitely done in England but the Karno ones were probably taken in the U.S. at some point.

  2. Another great find, I've never seen #14 before.