Wednesday, 17 June 2015

THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO #6




Long before Indian Larry stood up on the seat of his bike, there was Easter Walters. 

Born in 1894 in Iowa, she made her way to Hollywood where she found a little fame in silent films like ‘Common Clay’ (1919), ‘Hands Up!’ (1918) and ‘The Tiger’s Trail’ (1919). She was also known for performing her own stunts and could often be seen riding around Hollywood on her Harley. The magazine ‘Moving Picture World’ carried a news item on 19th April 1919 entitled ‘Breaking the Speed Laws is Sport for Easter Walters’.

However, Easter appears to have left the film industry relatively early. There is no record of her making another film after ‘The Devil’s Riddle’ in 1920, by which time the census of that year records her as married to Harry G Kinch. One of the few photos that exists of Easter shows her on a sidecar outfit and is titled ‘Leaving for the studio’ although it’s unlikely that the large house behind her belonged to Easter, or was even more than a publicity shot as, in 1920, she was living in a boarding house in downtown LA. By the time of the 1930 census, she and Harry had moved to south Pasadena to a single storey detached house which still stands, but after that the trail goes cold. I believe she reverted to her original first name of Fern, but all that is known of her later life is that she died in San Diego on 25th September 1987. 




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