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Days With My Father

The top picture shows an old man watching himself in a Charlie Chan film; the bottom picture shows the old man in front of a mirror, about 65 years later.

 

Both photographs were taken by the man's son, Phillip Toledano, who posted them on his beautiful website, Days With My Father, which he started after his mother died, and describes as "an ongoing record of my father, and of our relationship. For whatever days we have left together."

 

I'd have liked the site anyway, as the photographs are wonderful, but, of course, it was the fact that the guy was a bit-part actor in the 1930s that really did it for me.

 

The website doesn't give his stage name, but I tracked him down, using research skills honed on The Unsung Joe. He was known as Edward Trevor, and he was in Charlie Chan's Secret in 1936. The IMDB credits him with only a couple of other films, which means that he was probably a crowd-scene extra for most of his career. (The Chan film is online here -- Edward has a three-minute scene at 36:50, if you're interested.)

 

Thanks to Joe for tipping me off about the site.

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Uploaded on January 22, 2010