August 15, 2018

40 Rare and Fascinating Early Film Stills From 1910s Silent Movies

A film still (sometimes called a publicity still or a production still) is a photograph taken on or off the set of a movie or television program during production. These photographs are also taken in formal studio settings and venues of opportunity such as film stars' homes, film debut events, and commercial settings.

The photos were taken by studio photographers for promotional purposes. Such stills consisted of posed portraits, used for public display or free fan handouts, which are sometimes autographed. They can also consist of posed or candid images taken on the set during production, and may include stars, crew members or directors at work.

The main purpose of such publicity stills is to help studios advertise and promote their new films and stars. Studios therefore send those photos along with press kits and free passes to as many movie-related publications as possible so as to gain free publicity. Such photos were then used by newspapers and magazines, for example, to write stories about the stars or the films themselves. Hence, the studio gains free publicity for its films, while the publication gains free stories for its readers.

Below is a collection of 40 rare film stills from some of silent movies in the mid-1910s. Very little information can be found about most of these films, probably most of them were lost a long time ago, like thousands of other early films...

The New York Hat (cinema 1912)

Dr. Polly (cinema 1913)

The Feudists (cinema 1913)

Harvest (cinema 1913)

The Coming of Gretchen (cinema 1913)

The Coming of Gretchen (cinema 1913)

Dr. Polly (cinema 1913)

The Feudists (cinema 1913)

The Feudists (cinema 1913)

The Feudists (cinema 1913)

Flaming Hearts (cinema 1913)

Flaming Hearts (cinema 1913)

Harvest (cinema 1913)

Harvest (cinema 1913)

Sauce for the Goose (cinema 1913)

John Tobin's Sweetheart (cinema 1913)

When Women go on the Warpath (cinema 1913)

Maid In Swedan (cinema 1914)

The Saint and the Singer (cinema 1914)

Maid In Swedan (cinema 1914)

Maid In Swedan (cinema 1914)

The False Bride (cinema 1914)

Josie's Legacy (cinema 1914)

Josie's Legacy (cinema 1914)

Just Mother (cinema 1914)

The Saint and the Singer (cinema 1914)

The Taint (cinema 1914)

Josie's Legacy (cinema 1914)

Josie's Legacy (cinema 1914)

Maid In Swedan (cinema 1914)

Maid In Swedan (cinema 1914)

Wanted a House (cinema 1914)

Josie's Declaration of Independence (cinema 1914)

The Hall Room Rivals (cinema 1914)

Josie's Declaration of Independence (cinema 1914)

The Hall Room Rivals (cinema 1914)

The Hall Room Rivals (cinema 1914)

Josie's Declaration of Independence (cinema 1914)

Josie's Coney Island Nightmare (cinema 1914)

Josie's Coney Island Nightmare (cinema 1914)

(Images via New York Public Library)




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