NED SPARKS. Vintage 8×10 glossy light sepia tone head and shoulders portrait, signed and inscribed in white fountain pen ink, “To Laura H. Hesler – From one/of her admirers -/Sincerely Ned Sparks.” Very good condition, with noticeable creasing and three tears in the borders, two of the tears very slightly intruding into the background at the left and right edges, and some of the creasing also affecting the image. The actor’s first name is light but readable. 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. While the border flaws on this image could easily be matted out, the photograph is priced to reflect its overall condition.