This cane was used by actor Charlie Chaplin while filming a movie at Essanay Film Studio in Chicago.
This cane, owned by legendary film star Charlie Chaplin, helps document the early film industry in Chicago. During the early 1900s, companies like Essanay Studios churned out hundreds of movies each year and used Chicago's extensive rail network to distribute the films nationwide. One of Chicago's most prominent film studios, Essanay Studios was founded in 1907 by George K. Spoor, the inventor of the "Kinodrome" and Gilbert M. Anderson, a former vaudevillian actor. Ultimately, however, financial difficulties and the industry's move to Hollywood where warm weather permitted year-round filming on location forced Essanay to close its doors in 1918. Chaplin only filmed one movie in Chicago, 1915's "His New Job" which made him a star. While here, he used this cane to perfect his famous mustachioed character, the "Little Tramp."