Vintage 8×10 matte finish black and white chest-up studio portrait, signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “To ‘Mush’/Sincerely Ned Sparks.”  Fine condition, with most of the writing penned against the dark fabric of his suit jacket, readable with moderate contrast.  Prolific character actor Ned Sparks appeared in dozens of silent films, but it was really with the advent of sound that he came into his own, parlaying his sour grimace, ever-present cigar, and cynical patter into an inimitable comic brand.  A notation on the reverse side indicates that this photograph was originally signed circa June 1936.