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The De Rue Brothers

ca. 1910-1915
20th century
97 x 140 mm (3.8 x 5.5 in.)

Iyree, American

Object Type: photograph
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Marks: 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.”
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).
Credit Line: Gift of Ina and Philip S. Trager (BA Wesleyan 1956, DFA 2008), 1981
Accession Number: 1981.27.5.74

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  • blackface entertainers - From TGM:
  • comedy
  • race (concept) - Identification of a group of people as distinct from other groups on the basis of physical or socially defined characteristics, such as language. [May 1995 descriptor added.]
  • theater (discipline) - Use for the professionally oriented study of theater, involving training, practice, and study in the processes of doing theater. For the academically oriented study of theater, use "drama." [August 1995 descriptor changed, was "theater". April 1993 related term added.]
  • vaudeville - LC sh 85142419

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

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