Monday, June 13, 2011

Charlie Chaplin Look-Alike Contest

WHATCOM MUSEUM | COURTESY - On Nov. 5, 1921, children dressed up as Charlie Chaplin for a contest to promote Chaplin

In 1921, Bellingham photographer J.W. Sandison snapped a shot of about eighty locals dressed up for a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest in front of the Liberty Theater. It's become a famous image of Chaplin nostalgia, appearing in just about every Chaplin book or documentary out there. The theater is now a parking garage, but Charlie Chaplin will never go out of style, as evidenced by the recreation of the event this last Sunday. 

The Pickford Film Center put together a Charlie Chaplin event, complete with double feature and look-alike contest, before the attendees congregated for the commemorative photo. I have one of the whole group, but I liked this smaller vignette the best. 

Oh, and those two little Chaplins in vests? Those are mine!

Click here to see the pictures from the Bellingham Herald, including one of me doing my daughter's eyebrows.


  1. What a fun thing to do! Look at those two little charmers. Can't wait to see the eyebrow shot. :)
    Glad I'm back. Thanks for your kind words.

  2. No wonder you went for the vignette. Those little Charlies are a hoot. Too much fun and a great way to remember greatness.

  3. Such fun. It looks like your daughters enjoyed the experience along with everyone else. I love the photo back at the newspaper website. Naomia has a bit of mischief in her eyes as you do her eyebrows.

  4. Haha. That's fantastic! What a fun idea. :)

  5. This is WONDERFUL! What a fabulous idea! Whenever I hear the song The Entertainer, I always think of Charlie Chaplin. To me, that has always been HIS song. I'm so glad that people still gather to honor him and to enjoy his movies. He was such a character!

  6. What an excellent idea! And welcome to the Charlottes!