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Bert Williams

Date: 1921
Description: White Studio portrait of vaudevillian Bert Williams.
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Houdini, Harry

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Description: Harry Houdini in chains and ropes. He is tied to a wheel on a locomotive.
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"Masks" Layout for the Wrights

Date: March 26 1941
Description: Portrait of the Wrights (possibly E. Henry & Evelyn M. Wright), a dance team, and their original personality masks.
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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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Circus Billboard

Date: August 1901
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...
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Schendel's Vaudeville Show, Circus, and Menagerie

Date: August 23 1901
Description: The stage and surrounding posters of Professor Oscar John Schendel's "All Star Vaudeville, Big Three-Ringed Circus, and Mammoth Menagerie."
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International Bus

Date: November 09 1926
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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Crystal Theater

Date: 1912
Description: The Crystal Theater at N. 2nd Street between W. Wisconsin Avenue and W. Wells Street.
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Nakoma 12th Night Party

Date: January 07 1950
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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Nakoma 12th Night Party

Date: January 07 1950
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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Nakoma 12th Night Party

Date: January 07 1950
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...
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Nakoma 12th Night Party

Date: January 07 1950
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...
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Dogpatchers In Costume

Date: August 15 1942
Description: Three people in costume behind a table. There is a man wearing a false beard a hat, holding a jug with three x's on it, a woman wearing a polka-dot blouse...
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Dogpatcher Booth

Date: August 15 1942
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...
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Men Dressed as Hillbilly and a Preacher

Date: August 15 1942
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...
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Vernon Castle

Date: 
Description: Studio portrait of Vernon Castle wearing a wing collar.
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Al. Ringling Theatre

Date: 2009
Description: Close-up of plasterwork and still functioning vaudeville lights in the Al. Ringling Theatre.
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Bert Williams

Date: 1912
Description: Caricature of Bert Williams, probably drawn by Al Frueh, c. 1912.
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Gummo Marx, Groucho Marx, and dog.

Date: 1906
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...
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Publicity Photograph of Valeska Suratt

Date: 1907
Description: Valeska Suratt's early fame was for her elaborate costumes, wasp waist, ample bosom and hips. She appeared in the 1906 musical The Belle of Mayfair...

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