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2 VICTORIAN "Famous Actress" Trade Cards - Arline Stanley & Carrie Perkins!
2 VICTORIAN "Famous Actress" Trade Cards - Arline Stanley & Carrie Perkins
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Both Art and I love paper and with Art’s collection from the past 50 years and my collection from the last 30 years, we have a lot of ephemera to offer on Ruby Lane. It is going to take some time to get it all listed, but when we finish, there should be something to tempt anyone who visits the shop. Up for offer now…..
AGE: C.1890 or so
ITEM: A pair of "Famous Actress" trade cards each depicting a different lady dressed in tights (scanty attire for the Victorian era). The first lady is Arline Stanley, a Burlesque and Variety actress whose heydey was in the 1890s. The second lady is Carrie Perkins; again, she is probably of the same occupation as Ms. Stanley. Both cards are definitely from the same series/printer and were definitely used in the advertising of items (see the Stanley advertising card for cigars).
CONDITION: While the Carrie card is perfect, the Stanley card as nibbling at the bottom front. The ink on the banner is meant to be there - it looks like it is a shoot from the vine just above. Slight browning to both cards.
NOTE: The cards always look better in person than in my scans/photos.
PUBLISHERS INFORMATION: None.
SIZE: 3-3/8" x 5-1/8"
FINAL COMMENTS: Carrie Perkins - A vaudevillian with a trim body and a smart tongue, Carrie Perkins plied both the visual and verbal dimensions of entertainment. She wore some of the tightest gowns in vaudeville, but it was her urban girl wit that won her a ticket to Broadway. She made her theatrical name in Garrick's burlesque "Thrilby" (1895). Not sufficiently beautiful of face to be a lead, she played the sharp girl in a series of Broadway shows that explored feminine audacity: "Jack and the Beanstalk" (1898), "Hotel Topsy Turvey" (1899) "The Casino Girl" (1901), "Sargent Kitty" (1903), Edward Rice's "The Merry Shop Girl's" (1905), "A Broken Idol" (1909), winding up with Julian Eltinge's 1911 tour of "The Fascinating Widow."
More a burlesque princess than a burlesque queen, and more handsome than talented, Carrie Perkins emerged as a tights girl/boy in the Henry Dixey vehicle, "Adonis." She then found a place in many of the light entertainments of the era, always as a featured dancer/singer/actress in support of a star. She rarely won critical notice for her artistry, even in 1894's "The Isle of Champagne."
In 1895 she affiliated with Edward Rice, playing one of his "Merry Shop Girls." She supported Eddie Foy in "The Wild Rose" (1902), and enjoyed notice in "Sergeant Kitty" (1903) and Henry Savage's comic opera "The Shogun" (1904). Sometimes her project choices were not astute. She signed onto, for instance, Van Alstyne's musical, "The Broken Idol" (1909), a farce with an incoherent plot that died an early death. She quickly transferred into the New Amsterdam theater's summer entertainment, "Girlies," before gravitating into the company of drag performer Julian Eltinge, and playing in his greatest hit, "The Fascinating Widow" (1911). When not in a stage show, she played comic skits in vaudeville.
Arline Stanley - Not much is found on the Internet about Ms. Stanley. About the only reference I can find is that she was in one of Oscar Wilde's plays.
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