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Bobby De Rue as Barnum Willie,

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions (Image): 191 x 216 mm (7.5 x 8.5 in.)

Embossed with artist’s or firm’s name, lower right: [illegible]; inscribed in ink, upper left: “Bobby De Rue—Barnum Willie. for 1/2 tone for Photo No. 8.”; inscribed in ink, lower center: “Make 1/2 tone from above lead pencil mark only giving the full circle of foot lights so as to not expose the orchestra pit.”; inscribed in pencil, center left: “<- 3 1/2 ->”; inscribed in pencil, upper center: “<- 5m ->”

Accession number: 1981.27.5.69

Gift of Ina and Philip S. Trager (BA Wesleyan 1956, DFA 2008), 1981

Provenance / Collectors' marks: Purchased by the donors from a secondhand store in Bridgeport, CT; possibly collected by owner or manager W.P. Heuritze of the Roanoke Theater (location presently untraced), or by several managers or theaters.

Bibliography: See object file for research on the collection by Laura Plageman (B.A. Wesleyan 1999) and Erika Greene (B.A. Wesleyan 1988).

Work Type: photograph

Related Works: From a group of 74 vaudeville photographs, DAC 1981.27.5.1 – 1981.27.5.74.

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