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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...

Date: 1897 ca.

Description: Charmion (1875-1949, born Laverie Cooper in Sacramento) was a vaudeville trapeze artist and strongwoman who performed a trapeze striptease in 1897 that mad...

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...

Photograph

Gold Dust Twins

Date:  date unknown

Description: The Gold Dust Twins were a popular comedy-musical act that toured in the Midwest during the 1950s. The two men sang, danced, and performed banjo music, as...

Date: 1914 ca.

Description: Harriet Curran Kelly and her four children in a studio portrait from about 1914. From left to right the children are Eugene, Harriet, Louise, and James. Wi...

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...

Photograph

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: 1941-03-26 

Description: Portrait of the Wrights (possibly E. Henry & Evelyn M. Wright), a dance team, and their original personality masks.

Photograph

Mr. & Mrs. Houdini

Date: 1926 

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

Date: 1906 ca.

Description: Mazie Trumbull, famous as a cross-dresser and dancer, and her sister Frances, side by side in a White Studio photograph.

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Ben Bergor on Stage

Date: 1930 ca.

Description: Magician Ben Bergor of Madison with the stage equipment he used for his performances.

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Bert Williams

Date: 1921 

Description: White Studio portrait of vaudevillian Bert Williams.

Date: 1950-01-07 

Description: Dancers at Nakoma's 12th Night Party perform while wearing masks. They are, from left to right, Professor John F. Stauffer, Perle Knope, Lyman Frazier, Ru...

Photograph

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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Jerry's Piano Girls

Date: 1924 

Description: Jerry's Piano Girls, a Keith vaudeville circuit headliner act.

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: 1931-11-27 

Description: Copy photograph of Actor Clyde Cook in costume, for the RKO Orpheum Theatre, with a signature that reads "Blosey, Chicago."

Photograph

Dogpatcher Booth

Date: 1942-08-15 

Description: The Dogpathers booth, surrounded by a crowd of children. Text on the banners and other signs read: "Kickapoo Juice Penny Pitch" "Greendale Dogpathers Cause...

Date: 1922 

Description: Quarter-length publicity portrait of renowned escape artist Harry Houdini.

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Ben Bergor Performs

Date:  date unknown

Description: Magician Ben Bergor of Madison performing a trick on stage. With him are his wife, who performed as Madame Alva, and an assistant.

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