This collection contains approximately 1,000 printed 19th and early 20th century entertainment broadsides, playbills, and
related advertisements, and forms a subset within the
Jay T. Last Entertainment Collection. These items date from 1809 to 1923, with the bulk spanning between 1840 and 1890, and
publicize theatrical performances including plays, variety
entertainment such as minstrel, burlesque, and vaudeville shows, and optical displays such as dioramas, living statues, and
tableaus. Over 250 theaters primarily from the Northeastern United States are represented
in the collection, though there are also materials from theaters in the Midwestern, Southern, and Western United States, and
26 items from Canada, Ireland, England, and Scotland.
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