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Dorothy Jardon

Date: 1915 

Description: Half-length publicity photograph of Dorothy Jardon apparently wearing only a fur on one shoulder and many rings on her hand. Stamps on the back of the prin...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Madison magician Ben Bergor standing in front of the Leota Theatre. Bergor was born Ben Goldenberger, first performed in Vaudeville as Bennie Golden Berger...

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Mr. & Mrs. Houdini

Date: 1926 

Description: Harry and Bess (Beatrice) Houdini in formal attire, the year of his death from acute appendicitis.

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Houdini in Chains

Date: 1922 

Description: Harry Houdini, the well-known escape artist, was born in Budapest, Hungary and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. At the time of his immigration his name was s...

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International Bus

Date: 1926-11-09 ca.

Description: Laura Stewart and her Jazz Pirates pose alongside an International bus. The bus features windows with curtains and luggage rack(?) on top. There is a monum...

Date: 1914 

Description: Harry Houdini, born Erik Weisz in Hungary and raised as Erich Weiss in Appleton, Wisconsin, preparing to do one of his famous escapes, this time from a sub...

This informative article details the creation and early success of the famous Ringling Brothers circus founded in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Date: 1950-01-07 

Description: Nakoma 12th Night Party "O You Beautiful Doll" chorus line. From left to right are D'Arcy Timmons, 938 Waban Hill; Joan Roby, 3810 Cherokee Drive; Jennie S...

Date: 1950 

Description: Poster for the 4th of July celebration in Oostburg, Wisconsin. The featured entertainment consisted of acts for which the Ben Bergor Entertainment Agency w...

Date: 1913 ca.

Description: Seated portrait of Kitty Gordon holding a Pekingese dog in her lap and wearing a black straw hat. It was used as publicity for her April 1913 vaudeville ap...

Date: 2009 ca.

Description: Close-up of plasterwork and still functioning vaudeville lights in the Al. Ringling Theatre.

Date: 1917 

Description: Hardware store owners Louie Vanderiff (played by Clarence Kolb at left) and Mike Amsterdammer (Max Dill) pose in rough working clothes in a scene still for...

Date: 1962 before

Description: Jodie "Butterbeans" Edwards and his wife "Suzy," a vaudeville comedy act. After Suzy died in 1962, Edwards continued to tour until the time of his death in...

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Crystal Theater

Date: 1912 ca.

Description: The Crystal Theater at N. 2nd Street between W. Wisconsin Avenue and W. Wells Street.

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Bert Williams

Date: 1921 

Description: White Studio portrait of vaudevillian Bert Williams.

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Ventriloguism Act

Date:  date unknown

Description: Ben Bergor, Madison magician, ventriloquist, and entertainment agent, performing with Jerry O'Reilly at a farm show. With Bergor is his wife Alva who often...

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: Original caption: "Nita Naldi, the original Aphrodite girl, who will appear in a Johnny Dooley comedy at the Pantages next week." Naldi appeared in ...

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: Color lithograph poster for "Sinclair--Baton Spinner & Club Juggler" consisting of one large image of a man juggling surrounded by four smaller images of h...

Date: 1907 ca.

Description: Valeska Suratt's early fame was for her elaborate costumes, wasp waist, ample bosom and hips. She appeared in the 1906 musical The Belle of Mayfair...

Discover this bittersweetly tragic story that brings together a feminist pioneer and the infant her husband found in the aftermath of Wounded Knee.
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