Title: 1920's Broadway Theatre and Dance Scrapbook ...
Book Condition: Good
Unusual 1920s, -30s SCRAPBOOK devoted to Thelma Carlton, an actor and dancer who, amongst other things, executed one helluva hula. Fourteen black leaves (20 cm x 14 cm), tied with ribbon -- a bit chipped along the edges, covers absent, last page coming loose. Each page is covered, recto and verso, with newspaper clippings, images, and ads devoted to Thelma Carlton. (Many items are underlined to emphasize the parts specific to Carlton, and there is a small photograph of her name in lights over the Club Orlando, which leads one to wonder if the scrapbook belonged to a loved one of Carlton's, Carlton herself, or a really devoted fan). Carlton got her start with a traveling Shakespeare company, and within a decade became a star of burlesque and a featured dancer at the Palais Royal in New York, as well as other hits both on an off Broadway -- including "Frivolities" (44th Street Theater, 1920), Nora Bayes' "Her Family Tree" (Schubert Theater, 1921), and "Artists and Models" (Winter Garden Theater, 1925). The reviews collected here invariably remark on her skill, versatility, and loveliness -- and few can refrain from commenting on her "ravishing" hula and other exotic numbers. While the scrapbook was not created by the tidiest of hands (as the crooked cuts and occasional splotches of glue will attest), it's a compelling tribute, with wonderful images of costumes of the era. Bookseller Inventory # 6387
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