Gorgeous Portrait Photos of Classic Beauties by Fred Hartsook in the 1910s

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Born 1876 in Marion, Indiana, American photographer Fred Hartsook was the owner of a California studio chain described as “the largest photographic business in the world” at the time. He later became the owner of the Hartsook Inn, a resort in Humboldt County, and two ranches in Southern California on which he reared prized Holstein cattle.

Classic beauties taken by Fred Hartsook in the 1910s
Even if the bulk of the business came from everyday studio portraiture, Hartsook gained prominence through his celebrity clients, which included silent era Hollywood actors such as Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, and Carlyle Blackwell, other celebrities such as pilot Charles Lindbergh, entrepreneur Henry Ford, and opera singer Geraldine Farrar, and politicians like House leaders Champ Clark and Joseph Gurney Cannon.
In 1919, Fred Hartsook married Bess Hesby, who in 1915 was “Miss Liberty” at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. He died in 1930 at the age of 53.
These gorgeous photos are part of his part that Fred Hartsook took portraits of classic beauties in the 1910s.
Ann Forrest by Hartsook Photo, circa 1910s

Ann Forrest by Hartsook Photo, circa 1910s

Ann Forrest by Hartsook Photo, circa 1910s

Ann Forrest by Hartsook Photo, circa 1910s

Billie Burke by Hartsook Photo, circa 1910

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