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Jerry's Piano Girls

Date: 1924 

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

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...


Mr. & Mrs. Houdini

Date: 1926 

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

Date: 1941-03-26 

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

Date: 1942-08-15 

Description: A man with a gunny sack swung over his shoulder is dressed as a hillbilly with a wig and a fake beard. Next to him stands a man dressed as a preacher, and...

Date: 1950-01-07 

Description: View of a Home Talent Comedy performance by Charles C. Bradley, imitating Helen Morgan and singing to Mae Zimmerman of 311 North Frances Street. The backg...


Vernon Castle


Description: Studio portrait of Vernon Castle wearing a wing collar.

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: 1945-03 

Description: Surviving crew members of the USS "Franklin" watch an amateur vaudeville on their hanger deck, seven says after their disaster. The USS "Franklin" had mane...


Houdini, Harry

Date:  date unknown

Description: Harry Houdini in chains and ropes. He is tied to a wheel on a locomotive.

Date: 1917 

Description: Louie Vanderiff (played by Clarence Kolb at left) and Mike Amsterdammer (Max Dill) pose in street clothes in a scene still for the 1917 silent comedy "Belo...

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.


Ben Bergor on Stage

Date: 1930 ca.

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


Crystal Theater

Date: 1912 ca.

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

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...


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: 1922 

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

Date: 1950-01-07 

Description: Committee members for the Nakoma 12th Night Party gather around a table set with candles and evergreen branches in a banquet room. They are, from left to...


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: 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...

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