Posted 7 years ago
I'm out of my element on these, but I had to have them because I just thought they were interesting. I knew Edward Curtis' work from his decades long Indian series, but never his Hollywood work.
At auction, I picked up these two blue-tone Hollywood silent movie still gelatin silver print photographs by Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952 WA/CA). The photos are mounted on mat boards embossed in the bottom with "Edward S. Curtis Studio Los Angeles." One photograph is signed Curtis L.A. lower right corner. Dimensions: 13.5''x10'' photo (w/ board 20''x15'').
The auction house I purchased them from speculated that the photographs could be from "The Queen of Sheba" and "Tarzan." After more recent online research, I was able to establish that both come from one of the first early silent movie versions of Tarzan that was filmed in 1921 (see comment sections below).