Chaplin Reference Images

Reproduced at full size (most are cropped or downsized when used to illustrate my essays); boldface indicates images which are not reproduced in, or accessible from, the essays.


  • Chaplin dressed as a drunk for a 1910 Karno stage performance.

  • A young Chaplin, having just arrived in Hollywood in 1913.

  • Chaplin in 1914, his first year on the screen.

  • From Making a Living. Chaplin makes his first appearance in films as a villain, one episode prior to the Tramp's debut.

  • From Kid's Auto Race. Uncomfortable Charlie from his first appearance.

  • Chaplin poses with a Charlie doll, circa 1915.

  • From Dough and Dynamite. Charlie with Mabel Normand.

  • Picture taken for an Essanay licensed post card, 1915.

  • From The Tramp.

  • From The Floorwalker. Charlie dances with joy.

  • From The Immigrant. Charlie, a born romantic, giving Edna Purviance a loving gaze.

  • From The Adventurer. Charlie impersonates nobility to woo Edna.

  • Chaplin in 1918.

  • From Shoulder Arms.

  • From Shoulder Arms. A deleted scene prefigures The Kid.

  • From The Kid. Quality time for the Tramp and Jackie Coogan.

  • Lita Grey.

  • From The Gold Rush. The more romantic ending excised in 1942 due to image concerns.

  • Chaplin in 1925.

  • The Tramp is dejected in a publicity still from the late 1920s . . .

  • . . . and in this one he looks even worse off.

  • From The Circus. Charlie is threatened by the king of beasts.

  • From The Circus. Charlie struggles to be funny as monkeys abuse him.

  • From City Lights. Chaplin dressed as Charlie while on the site.

  • From City Lights. Charlie discovers that the life of a millionaire isn't all roses.

  • From City Lights. Nervous Charlie tries to appeal to the formerly-blind flower girl in the film's final scene.

  • Chaplin relaxes during a European vacation to promote City Lights.

  • Pola Negri.

  • Chaplin dances with Paulette Goddard, circa 1936.

  • From Modern Times. Charlie feeds a man stuck up to his neck in a huge machine.

  • From Modern Times. Charlie is swallowed by factory machinery.

  • From Modern Times. Charlie goes crazy and prepares to tighten the bolts on everything.

  • From Modern Times. Charlie and the Gamin take off their shoes and get back to nature.

  • From Modern Times. Charlie tries to flag down a truck, but is mistaken for a leftist protestor.

  • Chaplin in 1940.

  • From The Great Dictator.Charlie and Hannah (Paulette Goddard) in the ghetto.

  • From The Great Dictator. Adenoid Hynkel, the Phooey of Ptomania.

  • Chaplin gets fingerprinted by Red-baiters of the 1940s.

  • A Charlie impersonator advertises IBM computers, circa 1984.

    Comics and Editorial Cartoons

  • Charlie claimed that Weary Willie and Tired Tim were the comic figures who inspired his tramp character.

  • An episode of Casey's Court, a comic strip that inspired one of Chaplin's early performances.

  • Chaplin seems bemused at the many raffish ur-Charlies that surround him.

  • Charlie Chaplin had his own comic strip in the British comic The Funny Wonder, drawn by master cartoonist Bert Brown.

  • Chaplin mania indicated by many would-be imitators of his style. From before 1920.

  • You too could look like Charlie Chaplin if you followed instructions in this fanzine, c. 1920.

  • From circa 1921, "Charlie and the Kid" shows Mildred getting the last laugh on Chaplin.

  • From 1927, "The Gold Rush" shows Charlie escaping with alimony payments: an anti-Chaplin editorial cartoon from the Lita Grey divorce.

  • One editorialist's correct prediction that the icon Charlie would avoid being tarnished by Lita Grey's charges.

  • Circa 1935, Charlie and Hitler are compared by a curious cartoonist.


  • An announcement of Charles Chaplin's birth.

  • Keystone announces some of Chaplin's first films.

  • An announcement for the 1970s revival of some Chaplin films.

    Text copyright (C)1995 by David A. Gerstein