Here we have a vintage publicity photo of opera singer and movie actress, Myrtle Stedman. This is one of a series of sepia tone prints produced by The Water Color Co. of New York in the mid-teens. Vintage, this is on average weight paper-stock, not the usual studio photo paper. The autograph is part of the print. This measures an approximate 4-1/4" x 8-1/2" and remains in extremely fine condition. Again, this is a vintage, or period, print.
The actress, Myrtle Stedman, was born as Myrtle Lincoln in Chicago, Illinois, on March 3, 1885. Trained as a singer, the talented young lady was performing musical comedy and light opera on the stage by the age of 12. She would abandon her singing career in 1911 to sign with Selig films, along with her husband. With her attractive looks, she would soon become an established leading lady during the early silent movie era. Her popularity would begin to fade during the mid-1920's, but Myrtle would continue performing as an actress in minor parts until ill health prevented it.
Myrtle Stedman was married to, and divorced from, actor Marshall Stedman. Their son, Lincoln Stedman, was also an actor.
Myrtle Stedman suffered a heart attack in 1937 and went into declining health. On January 8, 1938, Myrtle Stedman, the actress known as "the girl with the pearly eyes", passed away at the age of 52. The actress had performed in over 200 movies during her career in film. The following short list is just a small sampling: