Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Coon Sanders Novelty Band 1923

Newman Theater, Kansas City MO, April 1923.  Photo reads "Band's skit to accompany Charlie Chaplin's film 'The Pilgrim'. The garb and mustaches make identification problematic."
From the Missouri Valley Special Collections online archive.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Argentina, 1946

Photo reads: 'March 6, 1946. Funny emulator of Charlie Chaplin in Necochea beach, Argentina'.
Photo currently available on

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ronnie Collis, 1970

Aerial artist Erinina Ness

Erinina Ness in costume for her Charlie Chaplin burlesque trapeze act.  You can find out more at

Photo by Igor Bass.  Thank you to Erinina for submitting this photo!

Chaplin double Mickey McDonald

Sadly, I'm unable to find any other photos of Mickey McDonald (so far), but these Florida newspaper clippings claim he double Chaplin in the City Lights boxing scene.  I'd love to know more about this fellow!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

"VE day fancy dress party in Sutton Dwellings Plough Way 1945. My cousin Albert is the little black minstrel at the front to the right of the girl dressed as the Queen. In the back row dressed as Charlie Chaplin is my aunt Lily. She is behind and to the right of the girl with the nurses costume."

This image was found online, and can be found here.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1921 'The London Mirror'

Vaudeville comic Dedic Velde, 1921

1921 "Pip & Squeak" cartoon

Vintage clipping, circa 1920's: "Mexican Chaplin"

Gloria Swanson as Chaplin

Billie Ritchie advertisement

New Jersey, 1946

"In the Good Old Days" 1946, Hoboken New Jersey

Vintage costume photo

'Octavio Mattos'

Collection of Damian Blake

Vintage photo of female

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Scottish Archives: 'Keith Show' impersonator, 1950's

Amazing footage can be seen here of a trick bicycle riding Chaplin impersonator on the fields of an outdoor show in Scotland, 1950's.

Saturday, April 20, 2013