Volume III: Biographies


FOWLER, Lawrence

Studio employee, cameraman; technician (1912-1916)

Thanhouser Career Synopsis: Lawrence Fowler was a Thanhouser film laboratory technician and, later, a cameraman.

Biographical Notes: Lawrence Fowler worked in the Thanhouser film laboratory until July 1915, when he was promoted to the position of cameraman (although he had done some camera work as early as 1914). He attended the Thanhouser outing held for employees and friends on September 7, 1912. An article in The New Rochelle Pioneer, October 24, 1914, stated that he "has charge of the darkroom producing the 'still pictures at the local studio." As a cameraman in 1914 he photographed Sidney Bracys film, Sid Nees Finish, and in 1915 he served as an assistant cameraman in the filming of The Patriot and the Spy. New Rochelle city directories indicate that Lawrence Fowler lived at 19 Walnut Street in 1914. In 1915 he was listed at 8 Mt. Aetna Place, and by 1917 his listing was at 11 Mt. Aetna Place.

The New Rochelle Evening Standard printed the following on June 18, 1915: "Lawrence Linden Fowler, a film printer and projection man, and Miss Irene Christie, employed in the joining department of Thanhouser Film Corporation, are to be joined in matrimony at Trinity Parish House Saturday afternoon, by Reverend Charles F. Canedy, the rector. The ceremony is to take place at 2:30 oclock. Only relatives and friends have been invited. Mr. Fowler is a son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Fowler, 156 Franklin Avenue. His father is tillerman on the Enterprise hook and ladder truck and is a veteran volunteer fireman. Miss Christie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Christie, Mount Aetna Place." The wedding took place as planned, after which the couple honeymooned in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Thanhouser Filmography:

1914: The Harvest of Regrets (9-27-1914), Sid Nees Finish (12-20-1914)

1915: The Patriot and the Spy (6-7-1915)

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