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GRAND 1930 TRIUMPHAL TOUR. THE GREAT SCENIC - James, Jesse] - 1930. 
Erie, Pa.: Erie Litho. & Ptg. Co., . 1930 - Broadsheet, 28 x 10 1/2 inches, printed on light orange paper and featuring five large illustrations of scenes from the production. Very light edgewear. Near fine. An excellent broadsheet advertising a touring 1930 stage production of the life and exploits of the legendary outlaw, Jesse James. This production was mounted as the Great Depression was deepening, and the treatment of James in the text anticipates the public's fascination with depression-era ou1tlaws like John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, Ma Barker, and "Baby Face Nelson." James is called "the most interesting character American history has furnished" and it is noted that "thousands of people.were in sympathy with [the James brothers]and followed their sensational career with the utmost interest." Parents are assured that they can safely bring their children to the performance: "it will not corrupt the mind of the young. On the contrary it teaches a great moral lesson." The illustrations depict thrilling scenes from the play, including a bank robbery, a prison break, and Jesse's murder by "the traitor" Robert Ford. This broadsheet was meant to advertise whatever local performance was being undertaken, and the name and place of the venue has been left unaccomplished on this copy.
[Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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