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September 21, 2021

Gorgeous Portrait Photos of Classic Beauties by Fred Hartsook in the 1910s

Born 1876 in Marion, Indiana, American photographer Fred Hartsook was the owner of a California studio chain described as “the largest photographic business in the world” at the time. He later became the owner of the Hartsook Inn, a resort in Humboldt County, and two ranches in Southern California on which he reared prized Holstein cattle.

Classic beauties taken by Fred Hartsook in the 1910s

Even if the bulk of the business came from everyday studio portraiture, Hartsook gained prominence through his celebrity clients, which included silent era Hollywood actors such as Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, and Carlyle Blackwell, other celebrities such as pilot Charles Lindbergh, entrepreneur Henry Ford, and opera singer Geraldine Farrar, and politicians like House leaders Champ Clark and Joseph Gurney Cannon.

In 1919, Fred Hartsook married Bess Hesby, who in 1915 was “Miss Liberty” at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. He died in 1930 at the age of 53.

These gorgeous photos are part of his part that Fred Hartsook took portraits of classic beauties in the 1910s.

Ann Forrest by Hartsook Photo, circa 1910s

Ann Forrest by Hartsook Photo, circa 1910s

Ann Forrest by Hartsook Photo, circa 1910s

Ann Forrest by Hartsook Photo, circa 1910s

Billie Burke by Hartsook Photo, circa 1910

Clara Kimball Young by Hartsook Photo, circa 1910s

Kathleen Clifford by Hartsook Photo, circa late 1910s

Mary Pickford by Hartsook Photo, circa 1910s

Olive Thomas photographed by Fred Hartsook, circa 1910s

Ruth Chatterton by Fred Hartsook, circa 1914

Blanche Sweet by Hartsook Photo, 1915

Blanche Sweet by Hartsook Photo, San Francisco & Los Angeles, California, 6 July 1915

Blanche Sweet by Hartsook Photo, San Francisco & Los Angeles, California, 28 July 1915.

Blanche Sweet by Hartsook Photo, San Francisco & Los Angeles, California, 28 July 1915

Lillian Gish by Hartsook Photo, 1915

Lillian Gish by Hartsook Photo, 1915

May Ellison by Hartsook Photo, circa 1915

Operatic soprano Geraldine Farrar by Hartsook Photo, 1915

Ella Hall by Hartsook Photo, circa 1916

Lillian Gish by Hartsook Photo, circa 1916

Ruth St. Denis by Hartsook Photo, 1916

Ruth St. Denis by Hartsook Photo, 1916

Beverly Bayne by Hartsook, circa 1917

Blanche Sweet by Hartsook Photo, circa 1917

Kathleen Clifford by Hartsook Photo, 1917

Myrtle Gonzalez by Hartsook, circa 1917

Belle Bennett by Hartsook, circa 1918

Carol Holloway by Hartsook Photo, circa 1918

Gloria Payton by Hartsook Photo, circa 1918

Lillian Gish by Hartsook Photo, circa 1918

Mary MacLaren by Fred Hartsook, circa 1918

Mary Pickford writing at a desk, by Hartsook Photo Studio, San Francisco & Los Angeles, California, 23 March 1918

Mary Pickford, wearing a kimono, reading a letter, San Francisco & Los Angeles, California, 27 February 1918

Mary Pickford, wearing a kimono, writing at a desk, by Hartsook Photo Studio, San Francisco & Los Angeles, California, 27 February 1918

May Allison by Hartsook Photo, circa 1918

Olive Thomas by Fred Hartsook, circa 1918

Clara Horton by Hartsook Photo, circa 1919




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