|Sidney Olcott, le premier oeil|
One day, Sidney Olcott wanted to become an American
In Films in Review (September 1954), George Geltzer, American film historian, wrote Olcott was born, the 20th of September 1873. In a note in the same magazine (September 1954), George Mitchell, an another film historian, contradited his intimate enemi and told Olcott was born the 20th of January 1874. He said he got testimonies from Olcott's friends.
Olcott's grave in Park Lawn cemetery, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, indicates he died in 1949 (December, 16), aged 76 years old. 1949 – 76 = 1873. Was it in January or in September?
Nobody knows where Olcott's personal archives have been deposited. So it's a treasure hunt to get the authentic biographical story of the Canadian.
Historians, Wikipedia choose the first date : September, 20, 1873. For a long time I did.
But some official documents make me believe Olcott is born in 1872. I wrote it in my book Sidney Olcott, le premier œil. The last one is an application for naturalization, signed by him the 23th of November 1909, in Jacksonville, Florida. The Canadian came here to shoot films for Winter as he did the previous year. John Sydney (sic) Allcott, aged 37, theatrical stage director, signed it's declaration of intention where he claims to be born the 20th of September 1872, in Toronto. He said too, have emigrated in the US, the 4th of December 1902. He was supposed to have left Canada after his mother's death in 1903, the 13th of November.
the first time, I hear Olcott wanted to become an American citizen.
Why ? The document does not ask the applicant for his motivations.
We know in the end, Olcott kept his Canadian citizenship. Does his
request was rejected ? Did he change his mind ? This
declaration of intention signed by Olcott is the third official
document which attests the director is born in 1872.
Sorry for my English
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