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compilor unknown] [Murillo - photographer] [Gerhard Sisters - photographer]
THEATRE] [OPERA] [ST. LOUIS] Scrapbook photograph album of Actors, with many signatures, procured in St. Louis in the 1910s
[St. Louis], 1920. Oblong quarto, unpaginated. About 40 leaves, all used. Binding in poor condition, with front cover detached, but present, and many leaves disbound and laid-in. Still reasonably clean with no major stains. Overall the contents are in good or better condition. Ca. 1915 photograph album dedicated solely to theatre actors and actresses in the St. Louis area, ca. 1915. The photographs are mostly credited to "Murillo" and "Gerhard Sisters", both St. Louis firms of the period. Each photograph has a pencilled caption with the actor's name (a bit hard to read on the brown paper, but all are legible). Some of the photographs are signed (and all that are dated are dated 1915): those of Sarah Edwards, J. Humbird Duffy, Ethel Davies, Elsa Rendel, Isabel Randolph, and Helen Gleason. A search of many of these and other names reveal that they had careers in vaudeville or theatre, but eventually worked in Hollywood on the big screen. All photographs are at least 4" x 4" or so, and most are larger. There are a few wonderful images of whole theatre troupes in full costume. A great piece of pre-cinema performing arts, with a strong local focus. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Cleveland Book Company, IOBA [Lakewood, OH, U.S.A.]
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