Harold Lloyd was an actor, comedian, and stunt performer. He made nearly 200 films between 1914 and 1947. Lloyd was one of the most influential film comedians of the silent era. In 1919, Harold Lloyd lost his thumb and index finger when shooting a thrill sequence in which a bomb exploded in his right hand. Subsequent films show him wearing a glove to disguise his injury, but he continued to do stunt work. Perhaps his most famous scene was in the 1923 classic film “Safety Last,” in which he scales the side of a building and dangles from the hands of a clock.
The term “silent film” is somewhat of a misnomer, as silent films were almost always accompanied by a pianist, organist, or even a small orchestra. Music was considered essential, contributing atmosphere and giving the audience vital emotional cues. The silent era began in 1894 and was most productive from the 1910s to the late 1920s. Perhaps 75% of silent films have been lost because the nitrate film used was unstable and flammable. The term “silent films,” is a retronym, a term created retroactively to distinguish it from “talking pictures” and “sound films.”
This Harold Lloyd History Mug is part of our Silent Film Series which includes many unique individuals.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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