Friday, July 11, 2014

Chaplin with the Earl of Dunmore and Arthur Letts, 1918

The Maurice Bessy book incorrectly identifies these two men as aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright but that couldn't have been possible since Wilbur died in 1912 and Orville, who was 47 at the time, didn't match the age of the visitors. The men were correctly ID'd, however, in a 1919 issue of Picture Show. Thanks to Dominique for solving this photo mystery.

Photo/caption from Charlie Chaplin by Maurice Bessy.
Photo/caption from Picture Show, June 28, 1919.

Grace Kingsley described the Earl of Dunmore's visit with Chaplin for the L.A. Times:

Los Angeles Times, March 1, 1918*
*Henry Bergman was born in California but studied in Germany for many years. Chaplin associates, such as Rollie Totheroh, and others who knew him have said that he spoke with a German accent.

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