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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 Ada Gray
Portrait of Adam ForepaughPortrait of Agnes Hallock
Portrait of Alice GleasonPortrait of Barney McAuley as "Uncle Dan'l"
Portrait of bearded man, wearing a (captain's ?) hat, holding a whip, w/ stern look in his eyesPortrait of Bobby Newcomb
Portrait of Buffalo Bill in center w/ buffalo head; w/ surrounding action scenesPortrait of Camilla Urso, w/ two violins
Portrait of Carlotta Crabtree ("Lotta"), in hammockPortrait of Carrie Swain, carrying child on shoulders
Portrait of Catherine Lewis, in cracked egg shellPortrait of Charles E. Evans as "The Book Agent", sitting on keg of gun powder
Portrait of Charles T. Parsloe, w/ surrounding scenes in black backgroundPortrait of Clara Louise Kellogg
Portrait of Cool White as Uncle Tom; cabin in backgroundPortrait of Corinne as the "Mascotte"
Portrait of Cyril SearlePortrait of Dollie Delroy, contralto
Portrait of Elliott BarnesPortrait of Eloise Chandler, w/ boat in the water in background
Portrait of Emma AbbottPortrait of Emma Thursby
Portrait of Fanny DavenportPortrait of Fanny Davenport as Fedora
Portrait of Fay Templeton in a star through a golden horseshoe, on a black backgroundPortrait of George H. Adams
Portrait of George S. KnightPortrait of George S. Knight w/ beard and hat
Portrait of Geraldine Ulmar, holding parasolPortrait of Harry Meredith
Portrait of Helen Potter w/ Helen Potter's Pleiades; pictures of her, playing various charactersPortrait of Helena Modjeska
Portrait of Henrietta ChanfrauPortrait of Herndon Morsell
Portrait of HerrmannPortrait of Jeffreys Lewis in bell
Portrait of Jennie YeamansPortrait of John F. Ward
Portrait of John McCulloughPortrait of John T. Raymond
Portrait of Joseph Jefferson as Rip Van Winkle, after the sleep of 20 yearsPortrait of Joseph Jefferson as Rip Van Winkle, before the sleep of 20 years
Portrait of Josie Sutherland, the elegant skipping rope artist; separate portraits of Tony Denier and Josie Sutherland ?Portrait of Julia Holman
Portrait of Kate CastletonPortrait of Kate Claxton
Portrait of Kate ClaxtonPortrait of Kate Claxton as a nun
Portrait of Katie Rooney, "The Faultless Little Soubrette"Portrait of Lillian Brown
Portrait of Lillian ClevesPortrait of Lillian Spencer
Portrait of Lizzie AnnandalePortrait of Lizzie Harold as the Princess Chuck
Portrait of Louis AldrichPortrait of Louis F. Baum
Portrait of Lytton SothernPortrait of M'lle Addie
Portrait of M.B. LeavittPortrait of Madelon Zolo
Portrait of man and woman (Ada Gray ?) embracing; woman's gown has long trainPortrait of man dressed in red and gold, holding a sword; standing before arched doorway
Portrait of man serenading woman in windowPortrait of Margaret Mather
Portrait of Margaret MatherPortrait of Marie Nellini
Portrait of Mary AndersonPortrait of Minnie Hauk
Portrait of Minnie Maddern [Fiske]Portrait of Mrs. George S. Knight
Portrait of Nathaniel C. GoodwinPortrait of Nellie McHenry on hammock
Portrait of Nellie McHenry, w/ surrounding drawingsPortrait of Pauline Markham
Portrait of Professor Hartz surrounded by various images of dancing and playing figuresPortrait of Roland Reed
Portrait of Roland Reed, tipping hat to young girlPortrait of Rose Eytinge
Portrait of The Great ZittellaPortrait of Theresa Vaughn; squirrels in tree surrounding the portrait
Portrait of Thomas W. Keene, tragedianPortrait of Tony Pastor
Portrait of Topsy VennPortrait of unidentified woman w/ blond hair, wearing gold beaded necklace and gold earrings
Portrait of Viola Clifton ?Portrait of W.J. Scanlan
Portrait of William Jermyn FlorencePortrait of William Pfaff
Portrait of woman (Rose Coghlan ?), surrounded by multi-colored rosesPortrait of woman in flowered dress, holding open a curtain next to a chair, w/ finger to her lips
Portrait of woman in ringlets (Emma Howe ?), surrounded by flowers and butterflyPortrait of woman standing, holding open a reddish curtain; woman wearing long white dress
Portrait of woman w/ birdPortrait of woman w/ flowers in hair
Portrait of woman w/ long red hair, wearing white and red; standing in a dark, wooded areaPortrait of woman, w/ torn dress and wearing hat; carrying knife, and has one foot resting on a mound on the ground
Portrait of [Charles] WyndhamPortrait of [Hortense] Rhea
Portrait of [Hortense] RheaPortraits 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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