This is a rare, original 1886 black and white print ad for a leading man, comedian, soubrette and full company for the spring and summer season of '86 to support the wonderfully successful dramatic stars-- the Mellville Sisters. No fancy salaries paid. GOOD SALARIES TO GOOD PEOPLE. In an interesting historical footnote the following actors were requested NOT to write: Edwin Booth (whose brother, John Wilkes Booth, assassinated President Abraham Lincoln), Lawrence Barrett, Clara Morris, Rhea and Maggie Mitchell. Contact: Walter S. Baldwin, Manager, Racine, Wis.
This 128+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.
Product Type: Original Print Ad; Black / White
Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
Dimensions: Approximately 4.75 x 2 inches; 12 x 5 cm
Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
Vaudeville acts, minstrel shows, dime museums, freak shows, and the circus were all popular forms of entertainment during the late 19th and early 20th century America. And no newspaper covered the famous acts and entertainments of the day better than the weekly New York Clipper. Period Paper is pleased to offer a collection of original circus and theatrical advertisements from the Clipper 1886-1887. This historical collection will be of interest to collectors of circus memorabilia and other popular American show business acts.
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