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The De Rue Brothers,

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions (Image): 97 x 140 mm (3.8 x 5.5 in.)

Inscribed on attached paper, upper center: “THE DE RUE BROS. IDEAL MINSTRELS. ORGANIZED IN THE YEAR OF 1899. THE PEOPLE'S FAVORITE”; inscribed on attached paper (with drawing of man), lower center: “The above is for half sheet upright in four colors—have the two blackface of me one playing slide and the other saxophone—please get this out right away and…” [cut off]; embossed on mat, lower right: “IYREE RALEIGH N.C.”

Accession number: 1981.27.5.74

Gift of Ina and Philip S. Trager (B.A. Wesleyan 1956, D.F.A. 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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