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Fairbanks Sr. and Fairbanks Jr. [updated]

Fairbanks Sr. and Fairbanks Jr. [updated]

Feb. 11, 1924: Douglas Fairbanks Sr., right, bids farewell to Doug Jr., as dad and stepmother, actress Mary Pickford, travel to Europe.

This photo was published in the Feb. 12, 1924, Los Angeles Times. The Fairbanks-Pickford trip was covered in The Times with special reports from wire services and correspondents.

For example, a story in the April 20th, 1924, Los Angeles Times reports:

By John Steele


(Copyright, 1924, by the Chicago Tribune)

LONDON, April 19––Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks arrived in London this afternoon as bright and shining celebrities among 1500 Americans who landed at Southhampton this morning. Cheering crowds held in check by the police gave the pair extraordinary receptions both at Southhampton and here in London, the newspapers donating “our Mary” a comfortable portion of their front pages.

The film sovereigns will be the guests of Lord Louis Mountbatten, cousin of king George, and present engagements include balls, receptions, dinners in their honor to be given in the next fortnight by the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland, Sir James Barrie, the London Post of the American Legion and others…

Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford returned to Los Angeles on Aug. 6, 1924.

Mary Pickford steps from a taxicab shortly after her arrival in London in late April, 1924. Credit: P. & A. photo

[Caption correction — A previous version of the photo above identified the man left of Mary Pickford, as Douglas Fairbanks Sr. The man is not Douglas Fairbanks Sr. His identity is unknown.]

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  1. June 24, 2014, 6:31 am

    Thank you for sharing the lovely photo of father and son,. The man escorting Mary Pickford from the cab is not, however, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.

    By: maggie
  2. June 24, 2014, 10:50 am

    I really appreciate your reply. The photo caption has been corrected. Thanks Scott

    By: Scott Harrison
  3. June 24, 2014, 12:08 pm

    Lovely picture of father and son…..however, the man with Mary Pickford exiting the cab is not Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.

    By: maggie

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