Hello, welcome to SilentHollywood.com. My name is Kay Shackleton and I am
the creator of this website. My background in Silent Films began with my
father. He was an extra in silent films and I received a handful of movie still
photographs from his estate. At the time I received these stills, I had just
started selling on eBay to supplement 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 to continue to build SilentHollywood.com 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 to 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