As movies progressed from their infancy, there was one man in particular, Lon Chaney, who aptly demonstrated his genius through creative makeup and dramatic artistry, becoming an early human special effects device. The photos posted today range from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" to "The Pride of the Marines" (autographed to somebody), and I've forgotten the titles of the others. A couple of photos are apparently just publicity pictures showing Chaney as himself.
In his day, which we mistakenly like to think of as simpler times, Chaney accomplished roles which readily scared theatergoers out of their seats. He was truly a movie star.
(Next time: A Halloween story I wrote a few days ago. Remember -- no refunds if you're disappointed.)