Which brings me to a big pet peeve of mine. I hate when I see a mislabeled picture of a silent star, or one where they aren't even named at all. I actually woke up in the middle of the night to argue with someone about a picture that was supposedly of Evelyn Nesbit. I could not seem to stress enough that the girl in the picture was NOT Evelyn and it drove me nuts that they would not believe me. My own fault for getting so worked up, but anyway...
I have been guilty on a couple of occasions of posting a picture of a silent film star I wasn't totally familiar with and it ended up not being them at all. Cases that come to mind are Helen Holmes and Elsie Mackay, mainly because there were other actresses or personalities from that time with the same names. However, I quickly remedy the situation because like I said, it is a pet peeve of mine to mislabel a picture.
The place I see this happening the most is on Pinterest. Now, Pinterest is a great site to find wonderful and sometimes rarely seen pictures of silent film stars. It is also the place where people mislabel the holy hell out of the pictures. I could spend all day fixing the tags on these pictures, but I have not yet gone completely insane (yet).
Here are some examples. See if you can guess the CORRECT name of the star in the picture. (If not, no worries...I put the answers at the bottom!)
|I love this picture! But, sadly, this lovely lady is NOT Dolores Costello.|
|I normally despise colorized pictures, but this one isn't too bad. However, it is NOT Bessie Love.|
|How someone thought this was Clara Bow is beyond me.|
|A photograph taken by Alfred Cheney Johnston, the best! This however is NOT Billie Dove as the photo was captioned.|
|Someone was WAY off when they labeled her as being Theda Bara.|
|No excuse for mislabeling a picture with the actress's autograph on it! This is NOT Lottie Pickford.|
|No one can seem to get this gal's name right! This is NOT a picture of Mae Murray.|
|I have seen this picture numerous times with claiming that is Clara Bow in the picture. It is NOT Clara Bow. I actually do not know who this gal is, I just know it is NOT the It Girl.|
|A gentleman among us! However, he is NOT Ramon Novarro.|
|This is NOT America's Sweetheart, Mary Pickford.|