Charlie Chaplin with wife Oona Chaplin press photograph taken at Waterloo Station is for sale. This rare and important press photograph shows Charlie Chaplin with wife Oona Chaplin upon arrival at Waterloo Station to start his visit to London to promote his film Limelight. The Charlie Chaplin press photograph shows Charlie Chaplin and Oona surrounded by press, with Charlie and Oona clearly visible to the centre of the photograph. The photograph measures 6.00 x 8.00 inches and has a P.A. Reuter rubber stamp and typed details on green paper adhered to the reverse giving details for the circumstances for the photograph.
The typed details reads:
“Charlie in London
September 23rd 1952 PAR 31375-3
Charlie in London
Charlie Chaplin, greatest comedian of the century, returned to his native London this morning (Tuesday). With his wife and four children, he stepped ashore at Southampton at 8.30 a.m., from the Cunard liner ‘Queen Elizabeth,’ in which they had crossed from New York; shortly afterwards they boarded the boat train for London.
They have come on a six months’ visit, during which they hope to see something of France, Italy and Holland, as well as an extensive tour of Britain.
Picture Shows: Charlie Chaplin faces the cameras on arrival at Waterloo Station, London, this morning.
September 23rd 1952 PAR 31375-3”
Such impromptu press photographs of Charlie Chaplin are very rare, and seldom come up for sale.
Condition of this Charlie Chaplin press photograph is Near Fine with only very minimal wear to the top of the photograph that is barely noticeable and only mentioned for completeness.
This is an important Charlie Chaplin press photograph since Chaplin was refused re-entry into the U.S. due to what they believed was a Communist sympathiser. However, on this day Charlie Chaplin was reported in the Guardian newspaper as saying that he was not a Communist.