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Harold Lloyd promotion in front of Orpheum Theater, Williston, N.D.
Harold Lloyd promotion in front of Orpheum Theater, Williston, N.D.
TitleHarold Lloyd promotion in front of Orpheum Theater, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1923
DescriptionChildren in sailor hats line up for a picture in front of the Orpheum Theater to celebrate the opening of the Harold Lloyd film "A Sailor-Made Man." A picture of Lloyd is visible on the front of the building, and a sign featuring his trademark dark-rimmed glasses and show information is attached at the back of a trailer parked on the street in Williston, N.D.
General SubjectPeople
Subject (LCTGM)Motion picture theaters
Motion picture audiences
Signs (Notices)
Personal NameLloyd, Harold, 1893-1971
Sunderhauf, George
Organization NameOrpheum Theater (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-73-7-28
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original9 x 15 cm.
Transcription"Page 50 Bottom, 134% Harold Lloyd crowd, return to Shemorry" -- Handwritten on note on back of photographic print.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryWilliam E. "Bill" Shemorry was a native of Williston, N.D. who began work in the newspaper industry as a newsboy selling the Williston Herald and the Williams County Farmers Press. In 1953, he started to publish the Williston Plains Reporter, which he operated for 25 years before selling to the Williston Herald. Shemorry then began to concentrate on his own writing and photography. In addition to writing many books on the history of Williams County, he also collected photographs of early North Dakota photographers. Shemorry was an active member of the Williston Fire Department, was Civil Defense Chief of Williams County for three years in the 1950's, and was a combat photographer in World War II. Shemorry's photograph of the discovery of oil in North Dakota on April 4, 1951 at the Clarence Iverson No. 1 is one of the most famous oil photographs ever taken, and was published in many national publications.

"Harold Lloyd, that great comedian of the silent movies starred in ‘A Sailor-Made Man' in 1923 and on the day the picture was shown at the Orpheum Theatre, Williston kiddies were invited to come in for a free sailor's hat and a free movie. A crowd of some 500 showed up and George Sunderhauf, owner of the theater was so pleased he had their picture taken."
Bibliographic ReferenceInformation about the photograph was derived from Shemorry's book Photo 100: Nostalgic Highlights of a Century, p. 50.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection Mss 10958
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-73-7-28)
Rights ManagementPermission to reproduce this image must be requested from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Ordering InformationTo order a reproduction, inquire about the collection, or provide information about an image, please email Emily E. Schultz at
Digital IDws173728
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