WILLIAM H. CRANE - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 19334
Full-length sepia carte-de-visite 3¾x5½ photograph of the silent film actor in a three-piece suit with a watch chain dangling from one button, standing with his hands in his pockets
Sale Price $680.00
WILLIAM H. CRANE Full-length sepia carte-de-visite 3¾x5½ photograph of the silent film actor in a three-piece suit with a watch chain dangling from one button, standing with his hands in his pockets Inscribed photograph signed "To Miss Julie Phelps./Very Truly Yours/Wm. H. Crane". With pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. B/w sepia-toned, 3¾x5½ image, mounted on 4x6¼ card with rounded edges. William H. Crane (1845-1928, born in Leicester, Massachusetts) was a stage actor who made his debut during the American Civil War but lived long enough to appear, and even star, in silent-era movies. Crane debuted in Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment (1963) in Utica, New York in 1863 and scored a big success a decade later as Le Blanc the Notary in the burlesque Evangeline (1873). He specialized in eccentric characters; out of his 27 Broadway appearances, three were in the title role of the comedy David Harum (1915), a role he created on the “Great White Way” Midtown Manhattan area of Broadway. Crane later reprised the role in the 1915 film adaptation of the play. It was the first of five film appearances for Crane, which including a starring role in the Buster Keaton comedy The Saphead (1920). Lightly toned, scuffed and bowed. Errors in negative were reproduced in photo. Otherwise, fine condition.
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