Original period silverprint photograph, ca. 1917, 9 ½ x 7 ½, on double weight paper. Almost certainly the signature is either imprinted in negative or stamped (not an original autograph). Beautiful portrait. Hartsook , LA photographer’s imprint (to left of image). Fred Hartsook (1876 – 1930) was an American photographer and owner of a California studio chain described as "the largest photographic business in the world" at the time, who counted Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, Mary Pickford, and sitting President Woodrow Wilson among his celebrity clients.
Gladys Louise Smith (1892 – 1979), known professionally as Mary Pickford, was a Canadian-American film actress and producer with a career that spanned five decades. A pioneer in the American film industry, she co-founded Pickford–Fairbanks Studios and United Artists, and was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As one of the most popular actresses of the 1910s and 1920s , she was cited as "America's Sweetheart", and was one of the pioneers in early Hollywood and a significant figure in the development of film acting. She is credited with having defined the ingénue type in cinema.
Exhibits strong tonality, clarity and contrast, overall Fine condition. etph104