Saturday, August 8, 2009

Harold Lloyd Connection for Willow


Last night I noticed that our Willow of Life at Willow Manor has a current passion for Harold Lloyd movies. I had to dig out this cherished snapshot of my father as a 13 year old with an advertising drum for the movie Girl Shy to share with her. The first photo is the original, while the second one is a an enlarged version which shows more of the face of the drum. My best guess on the date for this .... other than "Monday at the Strand".... would be late summer or fall of 1924. I will check the release date for this movie. It was probably taken in some small neighborhood near Birmingham, AL. The movie recently aired on Turner Classic Movies.
Sadly, I was away from home and missed it.

11 comments:

willow said...

Are we all connected, or what?! I LOVE this!!! What a fabulous treasure, this photo of your grandfather. Wow. Yes, I've recently seen several of his movies on TCM and have been absolutely enchanted by the charming and talented Lloyd. In fact, I think I like his silent films better than the talkies. I don't actally own the DVD set, but my library branch has it. I did see it is available on Amazon, but is kinda pricey. Fun post. :D

FireLight said...

Willow, this is my FATHER. He turned 40 the year I was born...hence the great time span! I was just looking up facts on Lloyd...he died in March just three months before my father died in June of 1971. He was only 59.

FireLight said...

My dad .... was only 59....I think Lloyd was close to 74.

Michael said...

Such a wonderful photograph and story Marnie, thankyou.

Derrick said...

Hello FireLight,

Your father looks so American! Sounds silly to say it, but his cap and shirt collar just seem to identify him. Lovely photo.

Gaston Studio said...

How fantastic to have such nostalgic photos of your father Firelight, great photo.

Lyn said...

How charming..this boy lives on..really evocative photo..thanks for this treat!!

Barry said...

What an amazing photo to have of your father. Thanks for sharing.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

This is fabulous, so glad you've got these wonderful photos. I'll look for this movie as I've not seen it.

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

I love this photo of your grampa.This is wonderful. My adopted mother was born in 1901 and she used to always talk about Harold Lloyd. I am so glad that I found you. We both read Willow and I find her delightful. I'll be dropping by again. Trish

Tom Atkins said...

August was a big month of birthdays for me too. Both of my grandfathers - one whom I adored and one of whom I abhored - were born that month. Reading your post sparked so many memories for me. Thank you for this.

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