|W.H. Productions slide for The Roustabout (1918), originally released by Keystone as The Property Man (August 1, 1914)|
|W.H. Productions slide for Oh! What a Night (1918), originally released by Keystone as The Rounders (September 7, 1914)|
|Slide for Tower Film re-issue of Tillie's Puntured Romance, originally released by Keystone December 21, 1914|
|W.H. Productions slide for The Jazz Waiter (1918), originally released by Keystone as Caught in a Cabaret (April 27, 1914)|
"The Mutual Film Corporation, through an arrangement with the New York Motion Picture Company, originally distributed most of the early Keystone Comedies. [...] In 1915, the New York Motion Picture Company was sold to the Triangle Film Corporation, formed by D.W. Griffith, Thomas Ince, and Mack Sennett. Sennett continued to produce films, which were now released as Triangle-Keystone Comedies. Sennett left Triangle in 1917, and prior to the company's collapse the following year, Harry Aitken, one of its founders, reissued a number of Keystone films, including several Chaplins.Ironically, the fact of these re-issues are one reason why the Chaplin's Keystones still exist today. According to Okdua and Mazaka, "Many Keystone comedies survive today thanks to W.H. Productions. Unlike the the products of major studios which were rented to movie theaters and then returned to the studio's vaults, the films of W.H. productions were sold outright to regional distributors for $80 a reel. Thus the W.H. Keystones "escaped" from the owner's control and passed from hand to hand as time went on."
Several film production companies were shut down during the influenza epidemic of 1918, resulting in a shortage of marketable product, especially where comedies were concerned. Seizing the opportunity, newly-formed "states' rights" companies [...] began issuing re-edited versions of Keystone comedies. Two such outfits were Tower Film Corporation and Jans Producing Corporation.
Also in 1918, W.H. ("Wonderful Hits") Productions, another states' rights distributor, re-edited 750 Keystone comedies and reissued them under new titles, including several Chaplin shorts. It wasn't widely known at the time that Harry Aitken and his brother Roy owned both W.H. Productions and Tower Film Corporation. Rival distributors complained to the Federal Trade Commission that these old movies were being passed off as new product, so W.H. Productions agreed to call attention to the fact that they were re-releases. Hence, the title credits for W.H. reissues would read "Charlie Chaplin in The Good-for-Noting, Former Title His New Profession" and so forth. The opening titles for W.H. reissues also carried 1918 copyright notices, although many of the films had never been copyrighted to begin with. This was just a ruse on the part of W.H. to deter other distributors from bootlegging its own releases."
It seems apparent that slide advertisements were never produced for the Chaplin's original Keystone output, but just as the re-issuers may inadvertently saved the Keystone films, so too are they to thank for leaving behind these 3x4" glass remnants of their promotion.