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    Vaudeville Broadsides (Detroit Free Press, 1890) (4) Theater Posters (27" X 41", 22" X 28") . These all text posters were invariably "designed" by a local job printer and were basically stock posters for the performance of the play at any venue. "Millionaire Tramp" was written by Robert Givins and was an extremely popular war horse, prominent in the repertoire of many traveling groups, especially The Arlington Comedians who were based in Illinois but played throughout the Midwest. HONEST HEARTS: A STORY OF OLD KENTUCKY (one sheet) and ON THE BRIDGE AT MIDNIGHT (1/2 sheet, 28 x 22 inches): Handsome broadsides for titles that resist all efforts to unearth any information about. There were literally thousands of plays such as this that were performed endlessly back and forth across the country in venues as varied as palatial town theaters to the back rooms of mining camp saloons. The plots, performers and authors are virtually lost to history except for the snippet or often unresearchable information displayed on the poster. The last item in this lot, the one sheet for CONVICT STRIPES, is a little better known. This touring play had the child Lillian Gish (in her acting debut) billed as Lillian Niles. It also featured Lillian's sister Dorothy. Later, Lillian's role was taken by Gladys Smith who soon starting making films and changed her name to Mary Pickford. Very Fine- condition on Linen.

    Estimate: $500 - $600.

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    March, 2005
    17th-18th Thursday-Friday
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