San Francisco: Willard Worden, [Ca. 1915]. Eight 5x3"gelatin silver cameo prints, mounted on heavy card and hand colored. Laid in is original Willard Worden studio label. Bit of wear and few pencil annotations to verso. Few show light discoloration around edges, else nearly fine and housed in a custom cigar style, black box.
Beautiful set of cameos of the American silent film actress of San Francisco, Edna Purviance (1895-1958). Charlie Chaplin famously cast her as his leading lady, first in A Night Out in 1915, after an associate discovered her at a Tate's Cafe in the city. She would go on to appear in 33 of Chaplin's productions.