Title [Theatrical Promotion] A Social Session The Sparkling Comedy Success Presented by The Postage Stamp Company Accompanied by the Famous Black Hussar Band and Magnificent Star Orchestra
Book Condition Near Fine
Publisher The Postage Stamp Company
Seller ID 006049
Highly unusual theatrical promotion, made to look like a mailing, in the form of an envelope with a facsimile stamp and cancellation, with a fold-out of five panels. N.d., circa 1890. If but the musical play itself were as original as the promotion, it might be a play still remembered! The promotion does note that the play, which we gather toured the country, was in its second successful season, and we have come upon a favorable review online from a California newspaper. Still, the promotion is full of high praise for the play without furnishing a specific attribution. We are told the work is "Unanimously endorsed by the Best Patrons of Entertainments", and elsewhere, there is a testimonial along the lines of "one of those pleasing musical comedies full of fun and original situations, has an interesting story dramtically told . . . " credited to "Unanimous Popular Verdict", not sources likely to blunt the skepticism of theater sophisticates. Yet as a show traveling to the entertainment-starved hinterlands, these kind of plugs more than sufficed to round up an eager audience! The promotion does give some idea of the entertainment, with three illustrations of what look like boisterous, lively scenes with colorful characters, and as part of the show there was not just one, but two musical groups -- a Grand Military Band called the Black Hussars, and a Grand Star Orchestra (we believe the two might have been one and the same). Listed are the cast of characters and the names of some of the musicians. Condition: light wear.