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Hello, welcome to SilentHollywood.com. My name is Kay Shackleton
and I am the creator of SilentHollywood.com. My background in Silent
Films began with my father. He was an extra in silent films and I
recived a handful of movie still photographs from his estate. At the
time I received these stills, I had just started selling on eBay to
suppement my income. I sold my father’s stills, but decided to keep
the scans. In my early days of selling on eBay, I sold many things. But,
when I stumbled upon a large collection of silent film photographs
and movie still images at an estate sale near my home, I started to
specialize in this area.

Many of the images that I sold from this estate were purchased by
various institutes and libraries, including the Margaret Herrick
Library – owned by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.  
About a year later, an airing of the Antiques Road Show planted a
seed. This episode filmed the vault at the Margaret Herrick Library,
showing where they keep these rare items. And then I thought, “That
is wonderful, but how will the mainstream public ever get an
opportunity to see these images?”

That thought was the beginning for SilentHollywood.com. My initial
idea was to present these images as an Internet style scrapbook. But
as I began to build SilentHollywood.com, I realized that I would need a
separate page for each star, film, filmmakers and so forth. It wasn’t
long before I realized that my simple online scrapbook would become
a data base for silent movie still images.

Now, SilentHollywood.com has a collection of silent film images, many
that represent images from films that no longer exist in film form. So,
it is my mission as I continue to build SilentHollywood.com is to
represent even more rare images and information.  I know that this
will be my life’s work, and I enjoy every moment that I get to work on
SilentHollywood.com.

Thank you for visiting SilentHollywood.com. I am lucky to have many
silent film fans and historians aid me in my work and this website is a
collective effort.  I hope you continue to check back and enjoy this
website.

Sincerely,

Kay Shackleton
kay@silenthollywood.com
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