HIS FATHER, E. WILLARD SPURR?
. . . This is a magnificent father and an equally gifted son. During World War I, Ervin Willard Spurr and the Times-Tribune arranged to take pictures of every man in the services and even those who were enlisting in the
Ervin Willard had been in his wife and son, Wilbur Shimer, a former solder, an auto mechanic and the family bulldog, ‘Jack Horner.’ The automobile was a new 5-passenger sedan and the route was over the old
his wife and son, Wilbur Shimer, a former solder, an auto mechanic and the family bulldog, ‘Jack Horner.’ The automobile was a new 5-passenger sedan and the route was over the old
Melbourne Spurr was born
Mary Pickford seems to have understood the quality of
By 1929, the artistry of Melbourne Spurr was given a lovely tribute in the August ‘Studio Light’ the publication of the Eastman Kodak Company; his photos were used to illustrate the magazine. The 1920’s was his decade.
As the individual studios became aware of the importance of celebrity portraits, they developed their in-house photo departments and artists like Spurr moved into creating portraits of other notables like presidents, artists, authors and other celebrities. The era of George Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull, Eugene Robert Richee and Melbourne Spurr had passed.
There was a rather thrilling story told of Lena Molena saving
1917, June 5, California Draft Registration Card, age 28. Photographer
1918, July 2,
1920, October 10,
“I know him when I see his smile,
As to feeling bad; I never heard him say,
I know his smile lits his face,
Because he wears it every day.
He never complains when things go bad
He always sees the joke
He’s there in very many ways
To cheer up other folks
Seeing good in every one;
Mistakes he never mentions
He has confidence in every one
And their good intentions.
One day when the sky was cloudy
He called on Spurr to have a view
And the clouds began to scatter
And the sun came breaking thru,
You will know him whom you see him
In Spurr’s case, ‘twill be worth your while.
So cultivate the friendship of
The man behind the smile.”
1923, April 28, The Evening Courier, E. Willard Spurr Will Locate at
1924, November 29,
1927, September 21, San Antonio Light, Heroine-Risks Life-Saves Man
1928, February 2, The Amarillo,
1929, August, Studio Light,
1930, January 21, Premier Syndicate, Dorothy Herzog, The Film Shop
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