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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: 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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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: 1922 

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

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...

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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...

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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...

Date: 1919 ca.

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

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: 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: 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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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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Free Show Tonight

Date: 1930-09 ca.

Description: During the 1920s Madison magician Ben Bergor toured with various vaudeville companies. This is the setup for the Curtis Comedy Company.

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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: 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: 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: 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 ...

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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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Dick DeYoung

Date:  date unknown

Description: Professional magician Dick DeYoung of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on a stage with three other people. DeYoung had over five decades of experience as a club and s...

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