Silent Film Star Matt B. Snyder Was A Gunner In The Civil War
- Matt B. Snyder 1835 - 19170 American stage and silent screen actor and a Civil War Veteran. He is amongst the earliest born actors to appear in motion pictures and at his death the oldest actor in movies. Snyder was born when Andrew Jackson was President and died when Woodrow Wilson was President.
During the Civil War Snyder served in the Union Navy and was a gunner on the USS Essex at Vicksburg. In the Victorian and Edwardian eras Snyder and his wife performed on the stage, sometimes on Broadway and much in touring companies as was the norm before motion pictures. In film he had an important role in the 1913 King Baggot Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. His last film was The Crisis, a film by novelist Winston Churchill about the Civil War which he did not live to see released. The Crisis is a surviving film at the Library of Congress and Snyder can be seen in this role in a still photo in Daniel Blum’s Pictorial History of the Silent Screen with his young costar Marshall Neilan.
Photo Credit Connor Watson
Boy in Sailor Suit
Vintage American photograph, early twentieth century, mounted on heavy board. Cincinnati photo studio.
Beautiful Young Mourner, Albumen Cabinet Card, Circa 1885 (by lisby1)
Girls wearing matching outfits (by sctatepdx)
Girls… show me your baby dolls ! (by Kingkongphoto & www.celebrity-photos.com)
Cabinet photograph of two women in ball gowns, 1880-90, Budapest.
Siblings (by FinnCamera)