Introducing Sharkey . . The World's Greatest Seal. An Outstanding Act of All Time

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A scarce promotional brochure for performing seal, Sharkey, an outstanding alumnus of Seal College located in Kingston, New York. N.d., circa late 1940s. Unpaginated, 16 pages, including wraps. The brochure is replete with many photos of Sharkey, actually a sea lion from off the Catalina Islands, in performance, surrounded by lovely, adoring ladies, and a few more candid shots of him in private life, such as private life was a possibility for such a beloved celebrity. We see Sharkey playing Sammy Kaye's horn, reading a book, at a typewriter, by a mike, and doing the varied things that come more naturally to seals. His trainer was Mark Huling, who appears to have signed the rear cover, although it is unclear whether the signature is ink or halographic (one should assume the latter). We are treated to the life story of Sharkey, which has no small resemblance to Rudolph the Reindeer, and we learn about his personal meticulousness -- he doesn't like performing in dirty, or littered, waters, and he will remove debris from the water before he launches into his act. Although Sharkey may no longer be a household name, he did appear on Broadway in the Rodgers and Hart musical, "Higher and Higher", alongside Jack Haley (the tin man in "The Wizard of Oz"), and he performed alongside Abbott and Costello. He also did his specialty act before FDR, we are told. This brochure captures the forgotten act and a slice of show business that is no more. It is also interesting for the information provided about the trainer and training. Considerable wear to the brochure, which nonetheless remains easily readable and intact. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Introducing Sharkey . . The World's Greatest...
Binding: Brochure, or Wraps
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