Silent Movie Time Capsule: Harold Lloyd with absurdly tiny legs (yeah, that’s about it)


I love vintage ads but there are times when they failed spectacularly. Take this magazine ad for Harold Lloyd’s comedies from 1925. I get that they are trying to say he is the king of comedy (and his movie’s profits certainly gave him legitimate claim to at least the title of prince) but I kept getting distracted by the absurdly tiny legs that they gave him.

Note to graphic designers. Please do not give people absurdly tiny legs. Or if you do, make it look like you meant to do it. Thank you.


14 Replies to “Silent Movie Time Capsule: Harold Lloyd with absurdly tiny legs (yeah, that’s about it)”

  1. Wow, what a waste of an otherwise good illustration. Some artists just lose it when it comes to drawing legs.

  2. I’m kinda freaked out by the head and hands myself! But with those legs, if he were a little more plump, he’d be the spittin’ image of Babe Ruth (from the neck down, obviously).

  3. So funny. Reminds me of a class I took on the Tudors and Stuarts — the professor said that Henry VIII always wanted himself painted with tiny, muscular legs so people would think he was a great dancer. Perhaps Lloyd was insecure about his dancing. 😛

  4. I’m starting to wonder if the painting already existed and the illustrator merely added Harold Lloyd’s head and hands to it.

    1. I think it’s a copy of a portrait of Louix XIV. Of course, Louis had about 40lbs. of wig on his head to balance things out. 😉

      This is the 20s version of a Photoshop fail, I guess

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