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Circus Billboard

Date: 1901-08 

Description: Professor Oscar John Schendel is pictured with a violin and bow in a billboard advertising "Schendel's All Star Vaudeville, Big Three-Ringed Circus, and Ma...

Date: 1901-08-23 

Description: The stage and surrounding posters of Professor Oscar John Schendel's "All Star Vaudeville, Big Three-Ringed Circus, and Mammoth Menagerie."

Date: 1912 ca.

Description: Caricature of Bert Williams, probably drawn by Al Frueh, c. 1912.

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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.

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: Comic actor Fred Stone holding the tiller of an early two-seat runabout. The automobile may be a Woods Electric or Woods Dual Power. Stone had been a circu...

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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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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: 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...

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."

Date: 1941-03-26 

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

Date: 1906 ca.

Description: Gummo (Milton Marx) on the left and on the right Groucho (Julius Henry Marx) holding a rat terrier dog. Caption from Paramount Pictures, Inc.: "THE BOY...

Date: 2009 ca.

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

Date: 1950 ca.

Description: Inside spread of flyer announcing a free family party in Menomonie, Wisconsin sponsored by International Harvester dealer Richartz Implement Company. Photo...

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: 1919 ca.

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

Date: 1928 

Description: Original caption: "Fred Stone, America's Foremost Comedian and his happy family photographed recently on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Left to Right: Car...

Photograph

Bert Williams

Date: 1921 

Description: White Studio portrait of vaudevillian Bert Williams.

Photograph

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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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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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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