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MOUNTED SILVER GELATIN PHOTOGRAPH Of VAUDEVILLE PERFORMER W. E. CRAFEAUX In BLACKFACE. Signed and Inscribed to His Mother. March 29, 1911
[Cincinnati], 1911. Photo: 8-3/4" x 7-13/16". Mounting board: 12" x 10" Publicity photograph from vaudeville performer W.E. Crafeaux, signed and briefly inscribed to his mother on the photo itself, with a longer signed inscription to the verso of the mounting board. Crafeaux is in blackface and clownlike apparel. The inscription on the verso is dated "Cincinnati, O. 3/29/11" and reads, in part:"Darling Mamma: - Don't laugh at your red-headed son, in this garb, as its [sic] the way he makes his living, making other people laugh. Crazy way to make a living isn't it. Some are born fools and others get jealous and make fools of themselves but I don't know whether Im [sic] a natural fool or naturally a fool , or a fool, naturally, however, Im [sic] not as big a fool as some fools I've fooled . . . "W. E. Crafeaux, who seems to have been known professionally as Earle, performed with his wife, Tessie, in several locations on the West Coast, as well as in Oklahoma and the Midwest. The Tulsa Morning Herald called them "a pair of the cleverest entertainers on any vaudeville circuit" (April 9, 1911), and the Vinita Daily Chieftain reported that the Crafeaux were particularly well-liked by a "large audience . . . that readily showed their appreciation of this clever and versatile team by many rounds of applause" (August 13, 1910). The Vinita Daily Chieftain goes on to note that the final offering that night was the Crafeaux's original blackface comedy, "The New Hostler." Research indicates that the Crafeaux also performed in Bakersfield and Santa Ana, CA, as well as Abilene, KS, primar … [Click Below for Full Description]
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