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August 29, 2013

Rare Color Photographs of Charlie Chaplin, ca. 1917–18

Charlie Chaplin was an English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona The Tramp and is considered one of the most important figures of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from a child in the Victorian era to close to his death at the age of 88, and encompassed both adulation and controversy.

These magnificent color photographs of Charlie Chaplin were taken around 1917–18 by Charles C. Zoller and currently held in the George Eastman House. The photos show Chaplin dressed as the Tramp while posing in front of his Tudor style offices at his studio in Hollywood, CA. The character made him a worldwide phenomenon. His huge popularity ultimately allowed him to buy his own studio, which gave him the freedom to make his own films.



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