Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin, 1918.
In 1918, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin traveled together from Hollywood to Washington, where they would meet with Treasury Secretary McAdoo to pledge to subscribe $300,000,000 worth of Liberty Bonds, one of the ways that the country was paying for its involvement in Europe. On their way to Washington, they stopped in Chicago, which recently received another celebrity guest: the Reverend William Ashley Sunday. Billy Sunday was preaching at a big wooden tabernacle on the lakefront and, a few weeks later when Fairbanks returned the city, actor and preacher teamed up on, I’m sure they would have said, to stump for God and the American way.
(It’s not necessarily true that this photograph was taken on the trip I describe in part above. But I would like to believe that it was.)