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    W.S. Cleveland's Minstrels Show (Courier Litho, Buffalo, NY, 1890s). Poster (27.5" X 39.5").
    Minstrel shows became popular American entertainment from the 1840s through the turn-of-the-century. Some shows featured white actors wearing blackface in a standard three-part musical comedy, while others starred black performers. One of the best was W. S. Cleveland's Colossal Colored Carnival Minstrels run by William S. Cleveland (1860-1923). His shows were known for their "beautiful and costly stage settings, exquisite costumes...and the originality and genuine merit of every artist." This stone litho poster is from one of Cleveland's productions, and it's been expertly restored to minimize signs of handling: missing paper and tears in the top border/title, chips in the right and left borders, a vertical tear through the midsection, and horizontal tears in the center. A Heritage first. Very Good on Linen.


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