Talmadge, Norma - Circa 1922 - Signed Still Photo - "Smilin Through"
Signed original 7.5 x 9.5 still from the 1922 silent film, "Smilin' Through". A very nice signed photo from the eldest of the three Talmadge sisters.
Norma has signed this photo, "Faithfully Yours, Norma Talmadge" in blue black fountain pen. The signature and inscription are partially in the dark area of the photo. Fair contrast to "Faithfully", better contrast to her name.
The photo is in amazing shape for a still that is close to 100 years old. I'd call it very fine. Absolute minimal handling wear, if any at all. One tape mark on verso, at edge, that may have been from a previous mounting.
***Norma Talmadge was an actress from the 1910s to the 1930s. Her father died when she was just 14, and her mother took in washing, and Norma got a job as a model, and helped take care of her younger sisters, Natalie and Constance. All three of the sisters broke into the movies in the 1910s, and Norma married studio executive Joseph Schenck in 1916, and Natalie married Buster Keaton in 1921, which caused her to quit acting, but Norma and Constance continued and were big stars in the 1920s, but both sisters abruptly quit the movies when talkies began, and the official story was that they wanted to retire "at the top", but it seems more likely that their harsh New York accents did not adapt well to sound movies, so they wisely retired. Norma passed away in 1957 at the age of 63.