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Guide to the Stage and Movie Set Photograph Collection
MS 191  
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Series 1  Cast Photographs ca. 1910-1920

Physical Description: 1 folder, 8 photographs 8 x 10

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains cast photos from both stage and film.
Photographs are arranged by series and then photo number. Many of the photographs are unidentified. Descriptions of the photos are provided in brackets. Information on the back of the photos is provided when available.
Photo number 191.1

[Group portrait - 4 women, 1 child, 37 men], Dealey Foto 1914

Photo number 191.2

[Kneeling woman in cowgirl outfit, raising crop to tiny toy horse], Bushnell Foto undated

Photo number 191.3

"Xmas Greetings from Ray Hicks, 1919" - 'The New Henrietta' 1919

Photo number 191.4

"The Rosary" [2 men, 1 women, 1 child - woman holding the arm of Reverend], Red Seal Plays undated

Photo number 191.5

Thos. H. Ince presents Douglas MacLean in "The Rookies Return". An Ince Paramount Production #95-19 undated

Photo number 191.6

[Courtroom scene, innocent maid faints into sheriff's arms while jury and onlookers watch], #00317 undated

Photo number 191.7

[Family says goodbye - woman & child say goodbye to cowboy while posse looks on in front of jail] undated

Photo number 191.8

Cyrus Townsend Brady's "The Island of Regeneration" Vitagraph - Blue Ribbon Feature 1915

 

Series 2  Fanchon & Marco "Ideas" ca. 1920-1930s

Physical Description: 1 folder, 23 photographs 8 x 10

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains photographs of Fanchon & Marco "Ideas" sets. The titles come from information on the back of the photographs.
Fanny (Fanchon) Wolff and Mike (Marco) Wolff were a sister and brother ballroom dance team from the 1920-1930s. They operated a professinal dance school in Los Angeles and were trained dance teachers and dancers in acrobatics, tap dance, adagio and chorus line work. Fancho & Marco were also tied to the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles, where they had a chorus line called 'The Fanchonettes', similar to the 'Rockettes' at Radio City Music Hall in New York. They also had five separate groups of Fanchon & Marco Girls that would rotate between Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver B.C. where they performed in the vaudeville stage productions.
Photo number 191.9

"Thru the Gates Idea" - Military number, Harry Wenger, LA, photograph ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.10

"Marble Idea" - stage sets ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.11

"Contrast Idea" - stage set, Harry Wengler, LA, photograph ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.12-14

"Cadets Idea" - stage set, Harry Wenger, LA, photograph ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.15-16

"Bells & Belles Idea" - stage set, Harry Wenger, LA, photograph ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.17

"Screenland Melodies Idea", Harry Wenger, LA, photograph ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.18-22

"City Service Idea" - Stage sets, Harry Wenger, LA, photograph ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.18

[City Service Stop Telegram set] ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.19

[Fire Department set] ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.20

[Fire department - ladder routine set] ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.21

[38 police set] ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.22

[City Hall set] ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.23-24

"Circus Days Idea" - stage sets ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.23

'Horsey keep your tail up - learning to fly a new way' set, Fox ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.24

'Kiddies Delight' set, Fox ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.25

"Gay Vienna Idea" - 'Time for the Dance', Archer's Art Shop, Hollywood 8/24/1931

Photo number 191.26

"Kisses Idea" - stage set [men, women dancers, hearts, lips] ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.27

"Rhymes in Rhythm Idea" - 'Nursery Rhymes of Modern Times', Archer's Art Shop, Hollywood 8/31/1931

Photo number 191.28

"Hot Java Idea" - 'Sigh Language'[Buddha, Javanese costumes], Harry Wenger, LA, photograph ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.29

"Hollywood Studio Girls Idea" - stage set [Aztec costumes, feather head-dress], Harry Wenger, LA, photograph ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.30

"All at Sea Idea" - 'Sailing the Sea of Comedy' [Ben Bard, female dancers, Ocean liner] ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.31

"Good Fellows Idea" - [servers, bar maid, students, cafe], Harry Wenger, LA, photograph ca. 1920-1930s

 

Series 3  Stage Sets with People ca. 1920s

Physical Description: 1 folder, 22 photographs 8 x 10

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains photographs of stage sets with dancers, cast members, and orchestra members. Very few of the photographs are identified although most appear to be from Fanchon & Marco productions.
Photographs are arranged by series then photograph number.
Photo number 191.32-33

"Gems and Jams" ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.32

[Chorus line in black tights with white hoops], Harry Wenger, LA, photograph ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.33

[Backdrop has woman's face with jewel on forehead] ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.34-35

"Nursery Rhymes of Modern Times" idea, Harry Wenger, LA photographs ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.34

[Fairy tale castle with dancers in formal dress] ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.35

[Dancers in navy uniforms] ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.36

[Orchestra on stage below set - dancers kneeling before a princess standing in the doorway], Harry Wenger, LA photograph ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.37

[Two large parrots flanking stage], Harry Wenger, LA photograph ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.38

"Something Old - Something New 1900-1923 [band with woman trumpet player], Harry Wenger, LA photograph ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.39

"Next Train, West Bound-East Bound" [caboose w/dancers waving to man] Harry Wenger, LA photograph ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.40

[Egyptian style set - Cleopatra, sarcophagus], Morton Photographer & Co., SF ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.41

[Arabian Nights - Moroccan style set] ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.42

[Dancers as pirates on rigging - 98a] ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.43

[Dragon backdrop, Chinese vases, Chinese orchestra] ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.44

[Junk sailboat sail - Chinese costumes] ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.45

[Wisteria and cherry blossom trees, pagoda, three little maids] ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.46

[Waves and sun background], Morton Photographer & Co, SF ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.47

[Ship deck with city skyline behind orchestra] ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.48

[Ship deck background, orchestra in sailor outfits] ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.49

[Trellises with courting couples, orchestra in pit] ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.50

"Monte Carlo", Scene 3 1/28/1929

Photo number 191.51

"Rainbow Trial", Scene 4 3/5/1929

Photo number 191.52

[Pirate children chorus line] ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.53

[Stage set with women and orchestra, trellises, trees, pillars, cupids] - damaged print ca. 1920s

Photo number 191.54

[Stage set with orchestra, dancers, tango costumes, villa, tambourines] - damaged print ca. 1920s

 

Series 4  Stage Sets without People ca. 1920-1930s

Physical Description: 2 folders, 83 photographs 8 x 10

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains photographs of stage sets only - no orchestra, no actors, no dancers. Although most ar unidentified, a few have information on the back which is listed. Descriptions of sets are listed in brackets. Photographers stamps have been noted.
Photographs are organized by series and photograph number.
Photo number 191.55

Joan Crawford, Jan. 1, Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.56

"Pardon Us" (Laurie Halley?), Nov.26, Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.57

[USC, USF, St. Mary's - football theme], Oct.22-23, Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.58-60

Unidentified ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.61

Marie Dressler, "Reducing", March 26, Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.62

Edmina Lorie, "Guilty Hands", Oct. 29-31, Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.63

Marion Davies, "5 & 10", Aug. 20-31, Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.64-66

Unidentified, Fred Mae Photos ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.67

"Go to Bed", [Large clock backdrop], March 20-30, Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.68

June 1, Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.69

[Toy blocks, toy soldiers], Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.70

July 2, Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.71

[Giant fan with Mt. Fuji in background], Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.72

[Susan Lenox, Greta Garbo, Dec.5], Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.73-74

Unidentified, Fred Mae Photos ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.75

(March 24th), Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.76

"Riders of the Purple Sage" - George O'Brien, Dec.3/31, Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.77

"Sporting Blood", Oct. 8/31, Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.78

(Persiam Market, April 17th), Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.79

Unidentified, Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.80

(Nov. 5th), Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.81

(Marie Dressler, Polly Moran - "Politics"), Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.82

(Aug. 4-11th), Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.83

Unidentified, Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.84

(April 17th), Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.85

(Nov. 19-31), Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.86

"Bad Girl", Nov. 12th, Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.87

(Sept. 14th), Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.88

(March 31-April 6th), Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.89

(Aug. 11-17th), Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.90

(Apr. 21st), Fred Mae Photo ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.91-99, 102, 104-115

Unidentified, Fred Mae Photos ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.100-101, 103

Unidentified ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.116

"Next Week Show Shop", Herbert R. Fitch, San Diego, photographer ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.117

"Say it with Flowers", Scene 2 3/26/1929

Photo number 191.118

"Cooling off", Scene 6, N.Y. Photo 2/13/1929

Photo number 191.119

[Outside set - Aztec style building] ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.120-121

Unidentified ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.122

"Pearls of Baghdad", Scene 1, n.h. 4/21/1929

Photo number 191.123

"Rainbow Trail", Scene 3, n.h. 3/5/1929

Photo number 191.124

"Cooling off", Scene 5, n.h. 1/29/1929

Photo number 191.125

"Step on it", Scene 9, n.h. 10/16/1929

Photo number 191.126-130

Unidentified ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.131

"Bubbling over" Scene 1, n.h. 2/18/1929

Photo number 191.132-133

Unidentified ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.134

"Aloha" ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.135

Unidentified ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.136

"This way to the Grandstand" stage set - Harry Wenger, LA, photographer - damaged print ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.137

[Mountain valley stage set with cabin, trees, rocks, tree stumps for orchestra seating] - Bryant Photo Service, SF #neg. 306 - damaged print ca. 1920-1930s

Photo number 191.138

[Stage set w/orchestra, trees, peacock feathers, trellis, fountain, urns, wisteria] - Morton Photographs, SF #9141 - damaged print ca. 1920-1930s

 

Series 5  Monrovia Feature Film Company, Monrovia, CA. ca. 1915-1920

Physical Description: 1 folder, 4 photographs 8 x 10

Series Scope and Content Summary

The Monrovia Feature Film company was the first motion picture company started in Monrovia, Ca. in 1915. The company made two pictures, The Argonauts of '49' and The Daughters of the Don. Unfortunately, the company did not prosper, the investors lost their money and the company closed. The photos, stamped with the Monrovia Feature Film Company logo, appear to come from one or the other of the films.
Photographs are organized by series and photograph numbers.
Photo number 191.139

[Civil War General, hand on hip, opposite leg on chair] ca. 1915-1920

Photo number 191.140

[Group of people standing in front of wagon of people - Native American driver - "El Recreo Saloon" in background - Daughters of the Don?] ca. 1915-1920

Photo number 191.141

[Construction of set for #191.140 - Daughters of the Don?] ca. 1915-1920

Photo number 191.142

[Naval officers & crew on ship deck - Argonauts of '49?] ca. 1915-1920

 

Series 6  S & A Company, Niles, CA and Dealey Fotos ca. 1912-1920

Physical Description: 1 folder, 5 photographs 8 x 10

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains photographs of sets of the S & A Studios (Essanay) in Niles, California. The name "Essanay" was created from the initials of both founders, George K. Spoor and Gilbert Maxwell Aronson (Bronco Billy), S & A = Essanay.
Photographs are arranged by series and photograph number.
Photo number 191.143

[Interior rooms w/ actors waiting on sound stage] 1915

Photo number 191.144

[Interior set, hotel lobby, check-in desk, "Union Pacific System" calendar on wall] ca. 1915-1920

Photo number 191.145

[Interior set - bedroom, open window, suitcase on floor, ceramic pitcher and basin on bedside table] ca. 1915-1920

Photo number 191.146

[View of sound stage at dawn], Dealey Foto ca. 1915-1920

Photo number 191.147

[Courtroom scene - jury, observers, judge - woman being sworn in], Dealey Foto - #00437-8-9 ca. 1915-1920

 

Series 7  Interior Film Sets ca. 1910-1920

Physical Description: 1 folder, 13 photographs 8 x 10

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains photos of interior film sets. No identification is available for most of the photographs.
Photographs are organized by series and photograph number
Photo number 191.148

[Living room with bear rug, Mission style - art deco wall decoration] ca. 1910-1920

Photo number 191.149

[Entry hall with Mission style stairway, chandelier, man sitting in chair at bottom of stairs] ca. 1910-1920

Photo number 191.150

[Bar with cash register, mirror bar back, spittoons, table with 4 chairs] ca. 1910-1920

Photo number 191.151

[Living room - Den with fireplace, leather rocking chair - "Stage 5"] ca. 1910-1920

Photo number 191.152

[Bedroom with French doors, radiator, dresser with mirror, bed, chairs, table] ca. 1910-1920

Photo number 191.153

[Bedroom with 1 dresser, 1 vanity, French provincial style, writing desk] ca. 1910-1920

Photo number 191.154

[Office with 2 desks w/chairs, wall calendar "16", waste basket] ca. 1910-1920

Photo number 191.155

[Trolley car interior with wooden benches, advertisements above benches] ca. 1910-1920

Photo number 191.156

[Den with fireplace, wood paneling, barrister bookcases, writing desk] ca. 1910-1920

Photo number 191.157

[Ballroom with stairwell, man in formal dress standing by entry] ca. 1910-1920

Photo number 191.158

[Den with law books, man at desk, couch in front of fireplace] ca. 1910-1920

Photo number 191.159

[Living room with tiger rug, grand piano, fireplace, chairs, French doors, "Hold Over Set" on piano] ca. 1910-1920

Photo number 191.160

[Living room with upholstered chair, Mission style writing desk, bear rug, fireplace and wood paneling] ca. 1910-1920