Eyes of World
Man's a Man
Son of Father
Long Ago Told
To My Sons
I know Him
BSC no numb.
Hall Photo Co.
Matt's Cabn RP
Matt's Cabn tnt
Matt, Mollie, etc
Uncle Ike RP
Uncle Ike Tint
Bennett Sp. Tint
Bennett Spr RP
1925, Son Father
1925. Brian K
1926, Barb W
1935, When Man
1936, The Mine
1936, Wild Brian
1937, West Gold
1937, Out West
1937, Secret Vly
1959, Shep (TV)
Indiana U. Libr.
E Clampus Vitus
XII. Photo Gallery
During his lifetime Harold Bell
Wright sat for many professional studio portraits and was also
photographed in casual situations. On this page I would like to
include such photos. Please do not send copies of newspaper or
magazine photos. I would like only scans made from actual
photographs. I will start with a few I have bought and sold over
(Click on small photo to see larger photo)
Photo of HBW? Courtesy Eric Tudor.
Eric says, "I
acquired this as a gift from Elizabeth Moran, once owner of
the past "Old Shepherds Book Store" near Silver Dollar City.
HBW had stayed with her family and the photo was passed on
down to her. Overall approx. size 4 x 5 1/2 inches."
It is possible this is HBW, but the Wright family says it
is not, and this webmaster is inclined to agree. There are similarities, but the nostrils, for one thing,
look very different, and the shape of the top of the ear is
different. If it is Wright, it would have to be from
several years before he was at Hiram College at the age of
21-22. Perhaps this is what he looked like in elementary
school? But the Wright family has several photos of him in his
early years, and they say those photos do not look like this
||2. Here is a photo that definitely is a very
young Harold Bell Wright, perhaps from his Hiram years.
Family of HBW and courtesy of Family of HBW" - No reproduction
without written permission of the family. Used by permission.
Click here to see the two
photos side by side.
||3. Photo 1918,
Inscription begins, "To my Best of Friends, Mr. and
Mrs. Tenney Williams. . . ."
Courtesy Robert Lewis.
||4. Photo. "Sincerely Yours, Harold Bell Wright,
Tucson, Ariz., 1920." Photo courtesy Nahum A. Tate, who says
Harold Bell Wright mailed the photo to his father in 1920. On
the reverse of photo is note: "Credit Photo by Melvin H.
Sykes, Los Angeles." Holding pen in right hand and either
a pipe or an inkwell in the other. May be wearing same suit
and tie as in next two photos.
||5. Signed "Harold Bell Wright." Pipe in right
hand, smoke rising. Appears to be wearing same suit and tie as
in above picture, which is dated 1920.
Courtesy Rick Gunter.
||6. Harold Bell Wright smoking pipe, with
pictures from the 1919 silent movie, The Shepherd of the Hills
in each puff of smoke. One-of-a-kind picture in the Harold
Bell Wright Museum in Branson, MO.
||7. Photo postcard. Courtesy Eric Tudor.
||8. Photo 1939
Inscription begins, "To my Best of Friends, Tenney
Williams. . . ." Courtesy Robert Lewis.
||9. This portrait, evidently painted from the 1939
photograph above, hangs on the wall of a mausoleum in the
Greenwood Cemetery in San Diego, near the outdoor garden
spot where Wright, his first and second wives, and two sons are
||10. Photo courtesy Eric Tudor
||11. Christmas Card, c. 1925. Photo of Harold and
wife in Tucson home includes Hovsep Pushman painting in
background. Courtesy Rick Gunter.
||12. Wire press photo, 8" x10,"
c. late 20's, near Tucson, Arizona.
"Author and nature lover. Harold Bell Wright, famous
author, can't intimidate one of the usually shy deer that
infest his 20,000 acres Cross Anchor Ranch near Tucson,
Photo courtesy Rick Gunter
||13. Signed "To M. F. Romer, with best wishes
always, Harold Bell Wright, Tucson, AZ, 1925
Photo courtesy Robert Lewis
||14. "To Clarence E. Krauss
With Every good wish from
Harold Bell Wright" [no date]
Photo courtesy Rick Gunter
||15. "Harold Bell Wright
Tucson, Ariz, 1931
Photo Courtesy Sherry Werley
||17. Life Magazine, 1941. HBW at writing table.
Courtesy Dave Hadsell
||17b. 1941 Tintype of Harold Bell Wright.
Photo courtesy Dave Hadsell
||18. Harold Bell Wright, Quiet Hills Farm, 1935
Photo courtesy Dave Hadsell
||19. "To Lillian M. Parmley, with every good
wish, Harold Bell Wright."
8" x 10" photo. The person who listed
this on eBay said it was probably signed and mailed about
1935, but Wright looks much younger to me.
||20. This is not a postcard although it is
obviously the same as the Book Supply Company numbered card
#10. It is on heavy soft card stock and is approximately 4.5 x
7 inches. The signature is probably printed on the card, but
hand-signed. Courtesy Dave Hadsell
||21. Harold Bell Wright standing next to shack
in the Santa Catalina Mountains outside of Tucson. 1920
Original Black-and-White Photograph from the Cline Library
Image Collection at the University of Northern Arizona. (The
library moved this photo so many times -- thereby breaking my
link to it -- that I have just added the photo to this site.)
||22. Harold Bell Wright, D. Appleton and
Company, New York-London. This is a real photo postcard (AZO),
produced in 1925 as part of the marketing campaign for A Son
of His Father. Courtesy Peter Wright. All rights
||23. Harold Bell Wright, The Most Popular
Author in the World. D. Appleton and Company, New
York-London. This is a real photo postcard (AZO), produced
in 1925 as part of the marketing campaign for A Son of His
Father. Courtesy Peter Wright. All rights reserved.
||24. 8 x10 studio portrait courtesy of Rick
Gunter, who adds: "On the back on the photo someone has
written, “Harold Bell Wright on his ranch – Imperial Valley –
1 col. Monday.” I don’t know if that means the photo was taken
on his ranch or if that was to be the name of the newspaper
article. This photo came from the archives of William Randolph
Hurst’s San Francisco Examiner Newspaper."
||25. "A picture of Harold Bell Wright, the
author of 'The Calling of Dan Matthews', which Principle
Pictures made into a moving picture, released through Columbia
studios. Richard Arlen was starred in the picture, with
Charlotte Wynters in the role of the feminine lead."
Click here to see Mystery Photos --
Maybe they show Harold Bell Wright, maybe they don't.
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