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    A Submarine Pirate (Triangle-Keystone, 1915). Three Sheet (41" X 81").
    An inventor and his accomplice plan to rob a ship carrying gold bullion by using a submarine. A waiter (Syd Chaplin) overhears their plans, buys himself an admiral's uniform, tricks his way into command of the sub and plots to take the ship himself. Interestingly, Chaplin worked as a steward on a ship while a teenager, financially supporting both his mother and half brother (Charlie Chaplin). In 1914, Syd followed Charlie to Hollywood and secured a contract with Mack Sennett. He acted for some time as Charlie's manager, but later struck out on his own and was given starring roles. His best film is regarded to be the silent version of Charley's Aunt (1925). Syd made his last films in Great Britain, but did not take to sound pictures and left the business in the early 1930s. Chaplin appears in his admiral's uniform on this very rare stone litho three sheet created by illustrator Tony Sarg (1880-1942). Described as "America's Puppet Master," Sarg is best remembered as one of the first to design helium filled balloons resembling animals up to 125 feet long that took part in Macy's department store's Thanksgiving Day parade. The poster shows crossfold separations, a dust shadow along the bottom left border, a chip in the top left border, a stain in the "S" of "Keystone," and edge wear. A Heritage first. Folded, Fine/Very Fine.


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