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Vintage original 7 x 9 in. US double-weight matte photograph of silent film actress and Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty CLAIRE ANDERSON c.1915.

Taken during her association with the Triangle Film Company's "Keystone Comedies" brand (headed by Mack Sennett), she is depicted in an interior publicity shot that was taken by the acclaimed photographer, Fred Hartsook. This example was unused and is in very fine condition as show with a "Triangle-Keystone" studio stamp on the verso.


*"Claire Anderson was born Claire Mathes on May 8, 1895 in Detroit, Michigan. She moved to Hollywood and became one of Mack Sennett's first bathing beauties. Claire was five feet, five inches tall and 132 pounds. She started making movies with Keystone in 1914 (she also used the screen name Cora Anderson). Claire appeared in dozens of comedy shorts, including His Baby Doll (1917) and A Clever Dummy (1917). While filming The Lion and the Girl (1916), she bravely got into a cage with an actual lion. Mack Sennett signed her to a long-term contract for $675 a week. In 1918, Claire was given starring roles in Mlle. Paulette (1918), The Mask (1918), and Mile.

After leaving Keystone, she worked for Fox and co-starred with Tom Mix in The Road Demon (1921) and with John Gilbert in The Yellow Stain (1922). Claire married auto dealer Harry H. Anderson, but they divorced in 1926. He had been having an affair with bathing beauty Florence Omley and Claire sued her for "alienation of affection". Florence responded to the lawsuit by challenging Claire to a fist fight. Claire retired from making movies and moved to Venice, California. She died on March 23, 1964 at the age of sixty-eight."

*(source: IMDb)


*"Fred Hartsook (October 26, 1876 – September 30, 1930) was an American photographer and 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. Hartsook was married to Bess Hesby, queen of the San Francisco Pan-Pacific Exposition of 1915. 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. McGroarty describes a 40-minute sitting with President Woodrow Wilson in September 1919 as "the first formal sitting since Mr. Wilson became president.”


"Triangle Film Corporation (also known as Triangle Motion Picture Company) was a major American motion-picture studio, founded in July 1915 in Culver City, California and terminated 7 years later in 1922. The studio was founded in July 1915 by Harry and Roy Aitken, two brothers from the Wisconsin farmlands who pioneered the studio system of Hollywood's Golden Age. Harry was also D. W. Griffith's partner at Reliance-Majestic Studios; both parted with the Mutual Film Corporation in the wake of The Birth of a Nation's unexpected success that year. Triangle was envisioned as a prestige studio based on the producing abilities of filmmakers D. W. Griffith, Thomas Ince and Mack Sennett.


On November 23, 1915, the Triangle Film Corporation opened a state-of-the-art motion picture theater in Massillon, Ohio. The Lincoln Theater is still an operational movie theater owned and operated by the Massillon Lion's Club. The theater has been restored and is host to a yearly film festival dedicated to the films of Dorothy and Lillian Gish. Eventually, the studio suffered from bloat. By 1917, producer Adolph Zukor had taken control of all of the studio's assets. In June 1917, Thomas H. Ince and Mack Sennett left the company and sold their remaining interests. In 1917, Triangle's distribution network of film exchanges were sold off to the W.W. Hodkinson company for $600,000 (equivalent to $13,000,000 in 2021). Goldwyn Pictures purchased the Triangle Studios in Culver City in 1918. Triangle continued to produce films until 1919, when it ceased operations, and films using the Triangle name were still released to the general public until 1923."
*(*source: Wikipedia)



CLAIRE ANDERSON (c.1915) US 7x9 Photograph 05A By Fred Hartsook

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