Once upon a time I had a friend whose great-granny invested in little Tommy Edison’s electric company… That’s neither here nor there, but, in his time Edison’s became a multifaceted company and he ran an East Coast syndicate that extracted fees from filmmakers – the very thing that made Cecil B. DeMille go West and carry a sidearm. Here the great man is pictured with Douglas Fairbanks, Chaplin, and Mary Pickford.

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