Keystone Studios

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Keystone Studios was a film studio founded on July 4, 1912 by Mack Sennett with backing from Adam Kessel and Charles O. Baumann. In 1915, the company became a production unit of the Triangle Film Corporation. Two years later, Sennett became an independent producer, leading to the studio's demise before closing after bankruptcy in 1935.

Logo (1912-1918)

Visuals: On a black background, there is a white "K" inside an outline of a vase-like polygon with the words "THE KEYSTONE FILM CO." underneath.

Opening Titles: There is a drawing of the scroll with the word "KEYSTONE" (the letter "K is larger in the word ”KEYSTONE) to the left. The film's title is on the scroll. There is a copyright info surrounded by plant motifs.


  • An early version of this logo has the bottom text reading "KEYSTONE FILM COMPANY". The vase shape is also thicker.
  • This logo may appear at bottom of text cards on either side.

Technique: A still, printed image.

Audio: The closing theme of the film.

Availability: It was seen at the end of their many movies during its time under Mack Sennett with some of these films including The Bangville Police, Caught in a Cabaret, Mabel's Blunder, Mabel and Fatty's Wash Day, Mabel: Lost and Won, and Love, Loot and Crash. Surprisingly, this was kept on Blackhawk Films' reissue of the latter film considering said company's plastering habits.

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