Group portrait of actors and actresses in Jacksonville, Florida.

Group portrait of actors and actresses in Jacksonville, Florida.

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
(please include photographer's name when noted).


  • Group portrait of actors and actresses in Jacksonville, Florida.

Image Number

  • RC13265


  • 1916

Series Title

General Note

  • Ethel Burton (Palmer) was a popular comedic actress who made her debut with Vitagraph Pictures in 1915. She co-starred in several Billy West comedies (a popular Charlie Chaplin imitator), and was married to director Arvid Gilstrom, a Swedish-born filmmaker who directed many of the West comedies. Burton did little acting after the 1910's. Most of the films she made in Florida were with the Vim Comedy Company.
  • Oliver Norvell Hardy was born in Harlem, Georgia, in 1892. He began his career in movies as a projectionist at a theatre in Milledgeville, Georgia, where he spent much of childhood. Oliver "Babe" Hardy moved to Jacksonville in 1913 and made 50 short one-reeler films for Lubin Studios. After moving to New York he returned to Jacksonville around 1915 and appeared in more than 60 comedies for the Vim Comedy Company and the King Bee studios where he worked with Charlie Chaplin imitator Billy West and comedic actress Ethel Burton Palmer. Hardy followed the King Bee studio to New Jersey and then to Hollywood, where he would first begin his celebrated partnership with Stan Laurel in 1921.
  • L-R: Pearl Bailey, Budd Ross, Oliver "Babe" Hardy and Ethel Burton (later Palmer).

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 8 x 10 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject

Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 08077.

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