A Mack Swain group of letters and photographs, 1914
Three typed and signed letters from the early Vaudeville/silent-era actor who worked with Charlie Chaplin [in "Gold Rush"] Mack Sennett, and Mabel Normand, among others. All written to his mother back in Salt Lake City, Utah, the most interesting one is dated "Los Angeles. Cal. / June 28th '14" and reads in part "My Dear Loving Mother... As you already know I came here ten months ago and started work for the Keystone (which is one of the largest film manufacturing concerns in the world)...I was promoted to assistant director...and three weeks ago I was taken out of the pictures entirely and made assistant manager of the whole plant...The work is hard and the hours are long, but I like the work so whats the difference [sic]." Swain continued to work behind and in front of the camera for the next nineteen years until his untimely death in 1933. Also included are vintage print black and white photographs that Swain sent to his mother: three professional portraits of his wife, Cora King Swain [also a performer] and some others.