American film director and actor (1872-1922) who was a popular figure in the growing Hollywood motion picture colony of the 1910s and early 1920s, Taylor directed 59 silent films between 1914 and 1922 and acted in 27 between 1913 and 1915. His murder in February 1922 remains an official cold case. Vintage sepia matte-finish 8 x 10 portrait photo of William Desmond Taylor by the Melbourne Spurr Studio of Los Angeles, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "For Jack Finney, sincerely, Wm. D. Taylor, 5/5/21.” In very good to fine condition, with light soiling, two corner creases, tack holes to the top and bottom borders, and the upper left corner cleanly chipped off (chipped piece is present and capable of being reattached). Taylor remains rare across all signed formats, this being our first autographed photograph.
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