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The collection consists of 131 posters advertising attractions coming to Rochester, New York theatres during the early 1880s. The lithographed posters are a graphic record of the public amusement available in Rochester during this period and provide a broader view of the theatrical offerings of the era including drama, comedy, melodrama and vaudeville.

The information about the collection was either gleaned from the posters or from contemporary newspaper accounts of the productions. All information supplied from sources other than the posters is in brackets.

The posters were collected into a folio volume by their original owner. Unfortunately, when this was done, they were trimmed to a standard size (19.5 x 26.5 inches) resulting in missing text on many of the posters.

The images displayed with the descriptive records were scanned from color microfiche of the original posters. The scans are intended for reference purposes only, and may not accurately reflect the color of the original lithographed posters. The microfiche were created through a grant by the New York State Conservation/Preservation Program.

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Big golden bell chiming, which reads "Chimes of Corneville"Blonde man (J.K. Emmet ?) dancing on top of (same man's) head; holding many (of same man's) heads in his hands
Four separate portraits surrounding the number "4". The top two portraits are of women and the bottom two are of men; also, a four-leaf cloverFuneral scene; gravesite of Terry Dennison
Giraffe standing against sky background; trees on the sideJohn McCullough as the Gladiator; duel scene w/ spectators
Macbeth w/ three witches?"O'Hara and His Nora"; portrait of man (Joseph Murphy ?) and woman holding birds
Old black man wiping bald head, w/ hat tipped and dress clothes on; bag on floor next to himOutdoor scene w/ two men (one apparently a priest) and three women (one w/ many jewels, one w/ cross necklace, and one much older)
Outdoor scene, w/ man struggling in water, and young man jumps off bridge to save him; woman on bridge looks onPerformance scene w/ Silvo, the innovator; separate portraits of Tony Denier and Silvo
Portrait of "Hazel Kirke"; surrounded by figures portraying scenes from the playPortrait of [Charles] Wyndham
Portrait of [Hortense] RheaPortrait of [Hortense] Rhea
Portrait of Ada GrayPortrait of Adam Forepaugh
Portrait of Agnes HallockPortrait of Alice Gleason
Portrait of Barney McAuley as "Uncle Dan'l"Portrait of bearded man, wearing a (captain's ?) hat, holding a whip, w/ stern look in his eyes
Portrait of Bobby NewcombPortrait of Buffalo Bill in center w/ buffalo head; w/ surrounding action scenes
Portrait of Camilla Urso, w/ two violinsPortrait of Carlotta Crabtree ("Lotta"), in hammock
Portrait of Carrie Swain, carrying child on shouldersPortrait of Catherine Lewis, in cracked egg shell
Portrait of Charles E. Evans as "The Book Agent", sitting on keg of gun powderPortrait of Charles T. Parsloe, w/ surrounding scenes in black background
Portrait of Clara Louise KelloggPortrait of Cool White as Uncle Tom; cabin in background
Portrait of Corinne as the "Mascotte"Portrait of Cyril Searle
Portrait of Dollie Delroy, contraltoPortrait of Elliott Barnes
Portrait of Eloise Chandler, w/ boat in the water in backgroundPortrait of Emma Abbott
Portrait of Emma ThursbyPortrait of Fanny Davenport
Portrait of Fanny Davenport as FedoraPortrait of Fay Templeton in a star through a golden horseshoe, on a black background
Portrait of George H. AdamsPortrait of George S. Knight
Portrait of George S. Knight w/ beard and hatPortrait of Geraldine Ulmar, holding parasol
Portrait of Harry MeredithPortrait of Helen Potter w/ Helen Potter's Pleiades; pictures of her, playing various characters
Portrait of Helena ModjeskaPortrait of Henrietta Chanfrau
Portrait of Herndon MorsellPortrait of Herrmann
Portrait of Jeffreys Lewis in bellPortrait of Jennie Yeamans
Portrait of John F. WardPortrait of John McCullough
Portrait of John T. RaymondPortrait of Joseph Jefferson as Rip Van Winkle, after the sleep of 20 years
Portrait of Joseph Jefferson as Rip Van Winkle, before the sleep of 20 yearsPortrait of Josie Sutherland, the elegant skipping rope artist; separate portraits of Tony Denier and Josie Sutherland ?
Portrait of Julia HolmanPortrait of Kate Castleton
Portrait of Kate ClaxtonPortrait of Kate Claxton
Portrait of Kate Claxton as a nunPortrait of Katie Rooney, "The Faultless Little Soubrette"
Portrait of Lillian BrownPortrait of Lillian Cleves
Portrait of Lillian SpencerPortrait of Lizzie Annandale
Portrait of Lizzie Harold as the Princess ChuckPortrait of Louis Aldrich
Portrait of Louis F. BaumPortrait of Lytton Sothern
Portrait of M'lle AddiePortrait of M.B. Leavitt
Portrait of Madelon ZoloPortrait of man and woman (Ada Gray ?) embracing; woman's gown has long train
Portrait of man dressed in red and gold, holding a sword; standing before arched doorwayPortrait of man serenading woman in window
Portrait of Margaret MatherPortrait of Margaret Mather
Portrait of Marie NelliniPortrait of Mary Anderson
Portrait of Minnie HaukPortrait of Minnie Maddern [Fiske]
Portrait of Mrs. George S. KnightPortrait of Nathaniel C. Goodwin
Portrait of Nellie McHenry on hammockPortrait of Nellie McHenry, w/ surrounding drawings
Portrait of Pauline MarkhamPortrait of Professor Hartz surrounded by various images of dancing and playing figures
Portrait of Roland ReedPortrait of Roland Reed, tipping hat to young girl
Portrait of Rose EytingePortrait of The Great Zittella
Portrait of Theresa Vaughn; squirrels in tree surrounding the portraitPortrait of Thomas W. Keene, tragedian
Portrait of Tony PastorPortrait of Topsy Venn
Portrait of unidentified woman w/ blond hair, wearing gold beaded necklace and gold earringsPortrait of Viola Clifton ?
Portrait of W.J. ScanlanPortrait of William Jermyn Florence
Portrait of William PfaffPortrait of woman (Rose Coghlan ?), surrounded by multi-colored roses
Portrait of woman in flowered dress, holding open a curtain next to a chair, w/ finger to her lipsPortrait of woman in ringlets (Emma Howe ?), surrounded by flowers and butterfly
Portrait of woman standing, holding open a reddish curtain; woman wearing long white dressPortrait of woman w/ bird
Portrait of woman w/ flowers in hairPortrait of woman w/ long red hair, wearing white and red; standing in a dark, wooded area
Portrait of woman, w/ torn dress and wearing hat; carrying knife, and has one foot resting on a mound on the groundPortraits of Bateman, Webber, Cook, and Ryder
Public gathering; elephant statues; storm clouds w/ lightning striking circular buildingScene from "Bleak House"; "The Meeting" in foyer of house
Scene showing "the arrival of the boarders"; man pushing twins in a baby carriageScene w/ child on iceburg in rapid waters; two men trying to save her
Scene w/ man (Uncle Alvin ?) giving three women fruit in the streets of townScene w/ men and women working outside Coriander Smalley Grocery, Ranch 10
Scene w/ men surrounding orange flag that reads "Byron"Scene w/ two cows pulling cart towards train tracks and train approaching, w/ Uncle Josh (?) holding stick
Tent scene, where man is lying on a curtained bed next to his sword, dying; he sees bright light where people are holding arms out to himThe great forum scene in "Virginius"
"The Only Real Nubian Bull Ever Seen on This Continent"; two bulls in water"The Road From Chatham to London in the Snow & Moonlight." Woman and two men in snow scene
Three men; one very tall, one holding caged birdsThree separate portraits of Thatcher, Primrose, and West (?), respectively
Two dogs and a barrel of moneyTwo portraits of Mattie Vickers in separate scenery and costume
Woman riding horse cart, everything in disarray; person flying off cart, chicken flying, woman has evil, angry look in eyes

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