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et202.jpg (17544 bytes)JOSEPH JEFFERSON CDV
Carte de visite photograph, 4 1/8 x 2 1/2", portrays the actor as Rip Van Winkle. Sarony & Co., imprint. Fine tonality, condition and clarity.(Et.202); $85.

 

 

 

 

 

et203.jpg (21715 bytes)JOSEPH JEFFERSON CDV
Carte de visite photograph, 4 1/8 x 2 1/2", portrays the actor as Rip Van Winkle. Sarony & Co., imprint. Paste on label on back for Lovejoy & Foster, Chicago. Fine tonality, condition and clarity.(Et.203); $85.

 

 

 

 

Joseph Jefferson (1829-1905), American actor, best known for his portrayal of Rip Van Winkle. A member of a family of actors descended from the British actor Thomas Jefferson, he was born in Philadelphia. He made his stage debut at the age of three and toured with his family for a number of years. In 1865 in London he played for the first time the title role in a new theatrical version of Rip Van Winkle, adapted for him by the Irish-American playwright Dion Boucicault. For many years thereafter Jefferson continued to delight audiences all over the world as the astonished Yankee who had awakened after a 20-year nap.


      et227.jpg (24206 bytes)EDWIN BOOTH CDV. Carte de visite, 4" x2 3/8" . Ca. 1860s bust view of the noted actor Edwin Booth. No photographer's imprint, however taken from the negative and not a pirated image. Good tonality and contrast, original period pen id on verso. Overall fine cond. (Et.227); $75. 

 

 


(1833-93), U.S. actor. One of the first great American actors, Edwin Booth also won great fame in England. Born in Bel Air, Md., into a family of actors, he was the brother of actor John Wilkes Booth. He was the foremost American tragedian of his day who is remembered as one of the finest performers of Shakespeare's Hamlet. His other Shakespearean roles included King Lear, Othello, Richard III, Shylock, and Macbeth.


et207.jpg (18001 bytes)CHARLOTTE CUSHMAN CDV. 
Cdv photograph; Sarony imprint. Fine cond, clarity .(Et.207) $65. (1816-76), 
U.S. tragic actress, born in Boston, Mass.; called greatest Lady Macbeth of her age; played Meg Merrilies in 'Guy Mannering. 


et211.jpg (22611 bytes)EDWIN FORREST CDV.
Cdv photograph, 4" x 2 1/4"; C.D. Fredricks, NY backmark. Period pen id on verso.  Very slight trimmed on top of mount, o/w Fine cond, with strong contrast and tones. .(Et.211) $95.  
EDWIN FORREST (1806-1872), American actor,  made his first stage appearance in 1820; in 1826  had a great success as Othello.  His last appearance was as Richelieu in  1871. He died on the 12th of December 1872. He had amassed a large fortune, much of which he left by will to found a home for aged actors.


et216.jpg (25382 bytes)LESTER WALLACK CDV.  
Cdv photograph, 4" x 2 3/8".  Period pen id on verso. No photographer's imprint. Fine cond. ( Et. 216); $85. 
Lester Wallack, born in 1820, N.Y.,  died 1888 was born John Johnstone Wallack,  was an  actor playwright,  and manager of the Wallack Theatre Company, the training ground of virtually every important American stage performer of the 19th century. He was the son of the actor-manager James William Wallack.


et228.jpg (39009 bytes)ACTRESS MARY ANDERSON.  
Cabinet Card, 6 1/4 x 4 1/4. Pleasing portrait of Anderson as Perdita. Copyright 1883 Vanderweyde, New York. (Et. 228); $85.

 

 

 


et241.jpg (127098 bytes)CARLOTTA  PATTI.  
Stereo view , 3 1/2" x 7" . Carlotta Patti was a soprano and the older sister of Adelina Patti. J. Gurney & Son, N.Y imprint.  Very small flaw in paper rt image, o/w VG. (Et.241) ;$ 85.


ccet011.jpg (376742 bytes)CABINET CARD – ACTRES LOTTA CRABTREE – DARLING OF THE GOLD CAMPS
Cabinet card, 6 ¾  x 4 1/2. Period pencil manuscript id n back. Sarony NY photographer’s imprint.  Fine cond. Ccet11


 

 

 

ccet012.jpg (369236 bytes)CABINET CARD – ACTRES LOTTA CRABTREE – DARLING OF THE GOLD CAMPS
Cabinet card, 6 ¾  x 4 1/2.Printed name on bottom of mount. Gilbert & Bacon Phila photographer’s imprint.  Ccet12

 

 

 

 

Lotta Crabtree was an American actress whose early days as an entertainer during the California Gold Rush led to her immense popularity as the darling of the American stage and in England. Crabtree grew up from the age of four in California, where her father moved the family during the Gold Rush of the early 1850s. At the Grass Valley mining camp she met Lola Montez, who taught her a bit of dancing and stagecraft, and in 1855 she first performed before an audience of miners. Crabtree’s lively, diminutive figure immediately captivated the audience, and with her mother she then toured the wild camps of California. In 1859 she began appearing in variety theatres in and around San Francisco, where her singing, dancing, and melodramatic roles, many written for her, kept her in the limelight. Crabtree’s first acting role was in Loan of a Lover, performed in Petaluma, California. She made her New York City debut in 1864 with little success; after three years of touring the country, however, she returned in Little Nell and the Marchioness, adapted for her from Charles Dickens’s The Old Curiosity Shop, and was a sensation. From then until her retirement in 1891, she enjoyed huge popularity at home and in England. Her infectious gaiety, occasionally saucy manner, and perennially winsome, childlike appearance made Crabtree, most often known simply as Lotta, a versatile performer and ranked her in the forefront of the emerging theatre of burlesque extravaganza. From 1870 she toured with her own company in plays that showcased her unique talents. She left the stage in 1891 and lived in quiet retirement at her estate on Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey.

 


 

SARAH BERNHARDT.

et238.jpg (245463 bytes)SARAH BERNHARDT
Cabinet Card, 6 1/2" x 4 1/4".  Standing portrait of  Sarah Bernhardt. Copyright 1880 Sarony, New York. some light soiling and wear, t/l corner has crack, o/w VG. (Et.238); $185.

 

 

 

 

 

et234.jpg (40072 bytes)SARAH BERNHARDT
Cabinet Card, 6 1/2" x 4 1/4".  Standing portrait of  Sarah Bernhardt. Copyright 1880 Sarony, New York. Mount trimmed on bottom affecting text of Sarony, o/w VG-F (Et.234); $195.

 

 

 

 

 

et235.jpg (208040 bytes)SARAH BERNHARDT
Cabinet Card, 6 1/2" x 4 1/4".  Seated portrait of  Sarah Bernhardt. Copyright 1880 Sarony, New York. (Et.235); $245.

 

 

 

 

 

SARAH BERNHARDT. Her stage career started in 1862, largely in comic theatre and burlesque. She made her fame on the stages of Europe in the 1870s, and was soon in demand all over Europe and in the United States in New York. She soon developed a reputation as a serious dramatic actress, earning the title, "The Divine Sarah"; arguably, she may have been the most famous actress of the 19th century.

 


 

et210.jpg (45274 bytes)KATE BATEMAN. Cdv, 4" x 2 3/8, Charles Fredricks "Specialite" New York backmark. Fine cond. (Et.210); $65.

 

 

 

 

 

et222.jpg (38107 bytes)KATE BATEMAN. Cdv, 4" x 2 3/8, Charles Fredricks  New York backmark. Fine cond. (Et.222); $65.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Josephine Bateman (Mrs. Crowe)  was an American actress.  In March 1860, the sixteen year old Bateman was on stage in her mother's adaptation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Evangeline in New York City. This role launched Bateman to stardom. Bateman's "greatest dramatic triumph" as an actress, was her role in Leah the Forsaken, as the title character Leah. The play opened  on January 19, 1863; it was extremely popular despite horrible reviews from dramatic critics. Bateman became identified with role of Leah, her emotional performance and "the bloodcurdling curse she hurled at her faithless Christian lover".  She married George Crowe  in 1866, then left the stage, but later revived Leah in 1868 at the Haymarket Theatre in London. Bateman left the stage again for several years due to a facial disfigurement caused by illness, but returned to the stage once more in 1891. 


ccet007.jpg (345883 bytes)MAGGIE MITCHELL.  
Cabinet card, 6 1/2 x 4 1/4.  Period Pencil id on verso " Maggie Mitchell .  Dana NY photographer's imrint. wonderful tonality, contrast and clarity.Mount exhibits some minor light wear and use, overall Fine cond. (ccet.07);$165.

Maggie Mitchell (1832-1918) began her stage career with walk-on roles while still a child.  Mitchell achieved national celebrity in  1861, when she appeared in the title role of Fanchon, the Cricket—a light, sentimental comedy adapted from a story by George Sand. Her sprightly performance captivated audiences and critics alike and brought her overnight stardom. Mitchell continued to play the role of Fanchon for the next twenty-five years and counted Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow among her many admirers. Openly sympathetic to the Confederate cause, she became quite close to J.W. Booth and, in fact, sponsored   friends and beli eved, by many, one of his lovers.

 

 


 

et249.jpg (28057 bytes)SIGNED LYDIA THOMPSON CDV. Cdv photograph of Lydia Thompson, signed on verso " To Captain Little in Remembrance of- Lydia Thompson, Dublin, Nov 28, 1861. Backmark of Granfield, Dublin. Fine cond.(Et. 249); $245.

 

 Already a star in Europe, the British born Lydia Thompson made her first appearance on the American stage at Wood's Theater, New York, on 28 September in Burnand's burlesque Ixion. She made an enormous effect with her extremely sexy (but never vulgar) performances, and what had been intended to be a six-month tour eventually developed into one of more like six years. Within nights, Lydia Thompson became the unquestioned burlesque queen of her period, leading her company of `British Blondes' (several of whom were not one or the other) around the country.  The blondes' trademarks were short trunks and shapely thighs, and the company thrived on a slightly scandalous reputation which Lydia and her managers fostered finely, winning nationwide publicity with the tales of her `lesbian attacker' and of her public horsewhipping of the ungentlemanly proprietor of the Chicago Times who had published a piece reflecting on the virtue of the 'blondes'.


ccet173.jpg (329180 bytes)CABINET CARD – ACTRESS – EMMA BURGESS – RISQUE – HOUSEWORTH
Cabinet card, 6 ¾  x 4 1/2. View of Emma Burgess. Housedworth, S.F   photographer’s imprint. Some minor soiling and wear,  image exhibits good tonality and contrast, overall Fine cond. . (Ccet173); $85.


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et248.jpg (120868 bytes)LEW BENEDICT- BLACK FACE ACTOR.   
Cabinet Card. 6 1/2" x 4 1/4" . View of actor Lew Benedict cener, surrounded by varipus blackface characters he portrayed. Below images, faint but legible is "Lew Benedict" Doubledays' Saratoga Springs, NY photographers imprint.  Lew Benedict is best known for the Minstrel company of Duprez & Benedict's Minstrels , led by Charles H. Duprez and Lew Benedict. They enjoyed their greatest popularity in the late 1860s and 1870s. Benedict left the group in 1876. . Minor crease b/r corner. Small circular loss of emulsion surface t/ r corner, o/w.(Et.248); $300. 

   


ccet401.jpg (355329 bytes)CABINET CARD DANCER BESSIE CLAYTON - NEWSBOY
Cabinet Card. 6 1/2" x 4 1/4" . View of actress Bessie Clayton, printed on bottom of mount. Blue pencil  notation on back  Bessie Clayton  was an American Broadway, vaudeville and burlesque specialty dancer and choreographer who’s near thirty-five year career began in the era popularly known as the Gay Nineties. Clayton was remembered for her whirlwind style of dance often performed while descending a long flight of stairs. She is considered to be the matriarch of American toe-tap dancing, This cabinet card was issued by “Newsboy” which was a tobacco company that used cabinet cards as premiums to encourage sales of their tobacco products.  Exhibits light use and wear, overall VG.-Fine cond. (ccet401); $55. 


et409.jpg (94749 bytes)RUTH ST. DENIS SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH.  
10" x 8" toned silverprint, pen inscription " To Rev.Amity(?) R Parshly with all bright(?) greeting, Ruth Denis. (I am uncertain as to a few of the words...hopefully you can take a better guess). Beautifully posed image of Denis, with strong tonality and contrast. Pencil id on verso " Ruth St Denis in "Ishtar" . Not dated, ca. 1920s, no photographer's id. Has been pasted in album, small remnants on back with accompanying  minor moisture rippling along edges, o/w VG-F cond. (Et.409); $425. 
 Ruth St. Denis (1879-1968) was an early modern dance pioneer; founded Adelphi University's dance program in 1938 which was the one of the first dance departments in an American university. Her early works are indicative of her interests in exotic mysticism and spirituality. One of her more famous pupils was Martha Graham who attended  St. Denis' school of dance.

 

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