Melbourne Spurr photographs, 192?


Melbourne Spurr photographs, 192?

The Melbourne Spurr photographs contains five 8 x 10 inch black-and-white portraits, each with the photographers stamp. Hand-written on the back of each photograph is the subjects name. Edna Murphy, Marian Nixon, Helene Chadwick, Mary McAlister, Wanda Wiley. Also contained in this collection are three postcards featuring reproductions of portraits by Melbourne Spurr. The Melbourne Spurr photographs contains five black-and-white portraits taken by deaf photographer Melbourne Spurr in the 1920's. The subjects are five American silent film actresses from that time period. The collection also includes three postcards featuring Melbourne Spurr's portraits used to advertise an exhibition of his works held in Rochester, NY in 2009.

5.0 photographs (1 folder)


SNAC Resource ID: 8179248

RIT Library, Wallace Library

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Spurr, Melbourne (person)

Melbourne Spurr arrived in Hollywood around 1917 and worked for the noted photographer Fred Hartsook taking portraits of the early stars. Spurr photographed Mary Pickford while working at the Hartsook studio and so impressed her that she personally helped launch his career as a Hollywood portrait photographer. By the mid 1920s he was one of the premier celebrity portraitists in the world. By this time, though, the major movie studios were mandating that their stars could only be photographed by ...

Wiley, Wanda, 1901-1988 (person)

McAlister, Mary, 1909-1991 (person)

Nixon, Marian, 1904-1983 (person)

Chadwick, Helene (person)

Murphy, Edna, 1899-1974 (person)