Makeup and Toupees in Chicago's Silent Movies
Travel back to Chicago's silent era to learn how makeup and men's hairpieces functioned both on and offscreen
Free to all
Join Chicago Movie Tours for a quick history of movie makeup and a peek into the life of Chicago’s expert toupee-maker during Hollywood's silent era.
While you look (virtually) at the State St. building that once held his thriving business, you'll learn how this Chicago-based wigmaker responded to trends in the movies and on the streets. On this virtual tour, you'll also see several historic advertisements and photos from 1920s fan magazines and newspapers showcasing Hollywood’s standards of male and female beauty.
Virtual Tour FAQs
How Do I Watch?
Unless listed otherwise, our virtual tours take place live on Facebook. Simply visit Chicago Movie Tours' Facebook Page at the scheduled time, and click PLAY on the live video.
(You do not need a Facebook account to watch live programs.)
Can I Watch Later?
Virtual tours may not be available after their livestream. Because some of Chicago Movie Tours' virtual events include clips that may trigger social media censors, Facebook could remove the videos after the livestream, even though the material is considered fair use.
In short: it's a good idea to watch live.
How Do I Tip?
If you'd like to make a donation or tip, you may do so either
Your generous tips and donations—which help to cover costs of livestreaming software, archive and research memberships, on-location travel for virtual tour video footage, and more—ensure Chicago Movie Tours can continue creating free and affordable in-person and virtual events.
Thank you! 💙
Chicago Movie Tours' virtual tours incorporate the following, when applicable, to bring the subject matter to life:
Expertly designed animated slideshows
Clips and screengrabs
Maps (to orient you as you "travel" with us)
Vintage newspaper articles and ads
Classic movie fan magazine excerpts
Additionally, we always include opportunities for audience contribution.