Silent Film Star Gilda Gray for Aloma of the South Seas (1926)

Aloma of the South Seas is a 1926 American silent comedy drama film. A young South Seas native boy is sent to the U.S. for his education. After his father dies, he returns to his island to try to stop a revolution. Gilda Gray starres as the exotic dancer Aloma. The films setting was in Puerto Rico and Bermuda. It was based on a 1925 play of the same title by John B. Hymer and LeRoy Clemens. ‘

Grossing $3 million in the U.S. alone, this was the most successful film of 1926 and the fourth most successful film of the 1920s. The film is now considered to be a lost film.


Gilda Gray in Aloma of the South Seas, 1926 via

Ziegfeld Star - Gilda Gray - by James Abbe

Gilda Gray in Aloma of the South Seas, 1926 via


Irene Rich in My Official Wife (1926)

My Official Wife is a glittering drama of Imperial Russia in the days before the Revolution and the reckless life of the aristocracy in the days of the Czar, featuring gorgeous gowns, beautiful women and spectacular settings. American actress Irene Rich (1891 – 1988) starres as Hélène, Countess Orloff

The film is based on a 1891 novel by Richard Henry Savage, that was highly popular in its day.

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Irene Rich in My Official Wife, 1926 via

Gloria Swanson in Silent Drama ‘Sadie Thompson’ (1928).


Silent screen star Gloria Swanson (1897 – 1983) plays a woman of ill repute in the film ‘Sadie Thompson’, 1928. The film was directed by Raoul Walsh for Gloria Swanson Pictures Corporation and United Artists via

Greta Garbo in “The Temptress” (1926)

The Temptress is a (1926) American silent romantic drama film directed by Fred Niblo starring Greta Garbo. The story opens in Paris at a masquerade ball where the unhappy Elena (Garbo) meets Manuel Robledo (Antonio Moreno), an Argentine engineer. After removing their masks, they spend the night together in a park and they fall in love under the stars. They declare their love for one another, with Manuel giving her a ring, before departing …

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Ruth Harriet Louise, Greta Garbo in “The Temptress”, 1926 via


Ruth Harriet Louise, Greta Garbo in “The Temptress”, 1926 via


Ruth Harriet Louise, Greta Garbo in “The Temptress”, 1926 via

Amazing Belle Epoque Photos by Henri Manuel

Henri Manuel (1874 – 1947 was a Parisian photographer who served as the official photographer of the French government from 1914 to 1944.

In 1900, Manuel opened a portrait studio in Paris with his brother Gaston, which specialised in portraitphotography. Manuel quickly became renowned as a photographer of people from the worlds of politics, art and sports, as well as a photographer of art and architecture. Soon his portraits were used by news agencies, and in 1910 Manuel’s studio began providing a commercial service to news agencies for photographs known as “l’Agence universelle de reportage Henri Manuel”.

The studio became the largest photographic studio in Paris and a leading centre where young aspiring photographers such as Thérèse Bonney might go to work.


Sarah Bernhardt by Henri Manuel via


Genevieve Lantelme by Henri Manuel via


Régina Badet by Henri Manuel, c. 1910 via


Marie Curie in her laboratoire, 1912 via


Denise Poiret by Henri Manuel, 1910s via


Colette by Henri Manuel, 1900s via


Fashion photograph by Henri Manuel, 1895 via