Friday, July 30, 2010

Getting Lost in the Past

My Grandpa and Snub Pollard
I've been working on scanning a photo album that belonged to my great-grandmother.  This album includes some family photos, but not in the traditional sense.  You see, my grandpa was a child actor in the era of silent films.  A lot of these photos are about 86 years old and some even older.  Mixed with these incredible photos are newspaper clippings, tickets, and various other ephemera of the day. It's really easy to get lost in the pictures.

Aunt Fifi

This is one of my favorite pictures, my Great Aunt eyeing actress Constance Binney, sizing her up.
Conrad Nagel, Eleanor Boardman, Grandpa starring in "So This is Marriage"

An interesting thing I found is that my Grandpa's own pet kitten was in the movie too. They paid it $3 a day.  That's pretty good money for a cat to earn back then!

Well, I have LOTS more to scan still so I'd better go. I still need to scan the Harold Lloyd pictures!


  1. Wow -this is just fascinating -and must be even more so to a relative! Can't wait for more!

  2. This is intriguing! Thank you so much for sharing and will be looking forward to more!

  3. How interesting! You are so lucky to have this sort of pictorial family history!

  4. How beat! Besides scanning the pictures you should record your grandfather's stories!

  5. I’m interested in Constance Binney and I found your blog through a Google search. I was wondering if your have any more information about the photo that’s captioned “This is one of my favorite pictures, my Great Aunt eyeing actress Constance Binney, sizing her up”? What is your great-aunt’s name? It appears they are reading a script. Do you know what script it is? Do you have any other information on the photo or the people in it? Thank you.

  6. Very Nice! Thank you very much for sharing.
    Constance and Faire Binney were step daughters to my cousin H.W. Gray.