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BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 250452

BEN TURPIN His eyes were insured by Lloyds of London. Photograph inscribed and signed: "To/Edward/Lisy/Best Wishes/Ben Turpin". B/w, 5¼x8 overall, image 4½x7 (one surface).

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BEN TURPIN
His eyes were insured by Lloyds of London.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To/Edward/Lisy/Best Wishes/Ben Turpin". B/w, 5¼x8 overall, image 4½x7 (one surface). Turpin joined Essanay shortly after the company began operating in 1907, but it wasn't until 1917, when he joined Mack Sennett, that he became a leading comedy star. He enjoyed his greatest success in a series of parodies of hit movies of the period, lampooning famous screen personalities. His films included Uncle Tom Without the Cabin (1919), The Shriek of Araby (1923), The Reel Virginian (1924) and A Harem Knight (1926). He derived much laughter from the contrast between his small size and ludicrous face and the dashing, sophisticated characters he portrayed. Turpin had insured his eyes with Lloyds of London against uncrossing. Affixed to 5½x8½ cardboard, which is lightly stained on verso. Lightly rippled, minor show through at corners of background from mounting. Lightly surface creased, not at writing, primarily at his hat and above it.

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