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Bert Williams

Date: 1921
Description: White Studio portrait of vaudevillian Bert Williams.
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Olsen and Johnson Posing with Streetcar

Date: April 15 1932
Description: Comedians Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson, called "the mirth provokers of a nation" pose in front of a streetcar that displays an advertisement for their "Atroc...
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Ziegfield Follies

Date: 1912
Description: Bert Williams (right) and Leon Errol (left) are a cabbie and his fare from the 1912 Ziegfield Follies. The cab is drawn by a rumpled pantomime horse. Behin...
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Lulu Glaser

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Description: Lulu Glaser (1874-1958), renowned Victorian/Edwardian comedic actress and singer.
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Turpin, Hiers and Pollard at Bjelde's Pie Shop

Date: September 24 1932
Description: Snub Pollard, Walter Hiers, and Ben Turpin, about to throw pies at Bjelde's Pie Shop, located at 302 North Francis Street.
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Olsen & Johnson Promote their Show

Date: April 16 1932
Description: Surrounded by onlookers, Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson ride in a wire cage on the back of a "Federal" brand truck. The truck is on the bed of another "Federal...
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Olsen & Johnson Milking Cows

Date: April 16 1932
Description: Olson & Johnson milk cows in front of the Orpheum Theater, 216 State Street, promoting their show "Atrocities of 1932".
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Clyde Cook in Costume

Date: November 27 1931
Description: Copy photograph of Actor Clyde Cook in costume, for the RKO Orpheum Theatre, with a signature that reads "Blosey, Chicago."
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YWCA Square Dance

Date: August 16 1952
Description: Audrey Lewis, health education director at the YWCA, Carol Radichel, and Mrs. Merrell Vertein stand around a jukebox at a YWCA square dance.
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"Haystacks and Steeples" Scene

Date: 1916
Description: Gloria Swanson and Bobby Vernon in a scene from "Haystacks and Steeples".
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Mop Heads

Date: December 26 1948
Description: Top-hatted master of ceremonies, Stanton Stavrum, looks on as Robert Smith, Charles Van Deitz, and Hugh Benidict in mop wigs and dresses, rehearse singing...
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Phi Beta's "A Combine of Comedy"

Date: February 07 1949
Description: Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Church, the Highlands, in costume, posing as actors in a scene from "Taming of the Shrew"; part of a comedy program, "A Combine of...
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Phi Beta's "A Combine of Comedy"

Date: February 07 1949
Description: Committee members creating the guest program for "A Combine of Comedy" produced by Phi Beta. Left to right: Mrs. Gordon (Eleanor) Rowley, 904 Oakland Avenu...
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Phi Beta's "A Combine of Comedy"

Date: February 07 1949
Description: Four women in costume, posing in a scene from "Lyristrata"; part of a comedy program, "A Combine of Comedy" produced by Phi Beta in the play circle of the...
Poster

An Evening with George Carlin

Date: February 1975
Description: Poster advertising a comedy performance by George Carlin, featuring Kenny Rankin, at the Williams Field House, at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville....
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The Loft Community Center Anniversary Dance

Date: January 30 1950
Description: Three Central High School youths known as "Three Gobs" perform a comedy routine at the anniversary dance at the Loft Community Center, 16 East Doty Street....
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Scene Still from Their First Mistake

Date: 1932
Description: Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, and Stan Laurel in Their First Mistake (MGM 1932).
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Scene still from Sons of the Desert

Date: 1933
Description: Mae Busch and Oliver Hardy in Sons of the Desert (MGM 1933).
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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

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Description: Undated publicity still of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy at the piano.
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Roscoe Arbuckle

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Description: Undated portrait of Roscoe Arbuckle, autographed as follows: Very Truly Yours, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle P.S. TO HELL WITH THE KAISER.

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