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Vintage original 8 x 10 in. US single-weight matte photograph from an early 1920s silent film drama starring WILLIAM DUNCAN and produced by the Vitagraph Company of America.
The image depicts the popular William Duncan with a Native American couple (which includes Edith Johnson) standing by a teepee in a snow setting. It is in fine condition with a small puncture at the base of the bare tree.


*"William Duncan (December 16, 1879 – February 7, 1961), born in Dundee, Scotland, was known as a major actor, producer, writer, and director of film serials and features in Hollywood. After immigrating to the United States as a child with his family, he became a leading star in the new film industry. Promoted as a Scottish star, he became one of the highest paid actors when under contract to Vitagraph. Duncan worked with major studios of the day, including the Selig Polyscope Company and Vitagraph. As was typical of many early films, especially the silents, most of his films have not survived to the present day.


Duncan debuted in vaudeville in 1906 as part of a strongman act. Next he acted in stock theatercompanies in Philadelphia;, Memphis, Tennessee; and Rochester, New York. He began to act in silent films, and had roles in hundreds of serial episodes, many of them Westerns. His career spanned the change to "talkies", and he acted from 1911 to 1940. When William Duncan joined Vitagraph, his contract was worth $1,000,000 a year. He was better paid than Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. He appeared in films with Olympic swimmer Buster Crabbe (who played Flash Gordon in the 1930s). He was also a prolific writer and director of films. 


Duncan followed the film industry to California and lived and worked there for most of his life. At his death, he was interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California, USA."

*(source: Wikipedia)



UNIDENTIFIED SILENT FILM (c.1921) US 8x10 Photograph With William Duncan

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