VICTORIAN Trade Card - Eliza Weathersby, Burlesque Performer, UnusedVICTORIAN Trade Card - Eliza Weathersby, Burlesque Performer, UnusedVICTORIAN Trade Card - Eliza Weathersby, Burlesque Performer, Unused

VICTORIAN Trade Card - Eliza Weathersby, Burlesque Performer, Unused

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AGE: C.1886 or so – give or take

ITEM: A Victorian era Trade Card for .... nothing. The card is unused but features Eliza Weathersby, a popular performer during the Victorian era.

CONDITION: Unused front. Slight rippling to the paper like the card got wet at some time in its life. A bit of roughness to the top edge. Plain back with light paper loss from having been pasted in a scrapbook.

PRINTERS MARKS: None - just Eliza Weathersby at the bottom.

SIZE: 3-3/8" x 5"

ELIZA WEATHERSBY: (1845-1887) A Cockney by birth, and one of the first queen of transatlantic burlesque, Eliza Weathersby took to the stage and debuted in a provincial theater after abandoning a life as a music teacher in 1865. She jokingly described herself as a "singing chambermaid" sort of performer, but she operated as a soubrette in the burlesques in which she found employment. She first appeared in America four years later. Appearing in a burlesque of "Lucretia Borgia" at the Chestnut Theatre in Philadelphia, she quickly established herself as a good-natured, fun-loving performer with a talent for friendship and an endearing trait of self-mockery. She initially appeared as a member of the Lydia Thompson British Blondes, one of the second contingent of that famous troupe to appear.

In 1877 she married comedian Nat Goodwin and trouped with him for seven years in vehicles such as "Froliques" until disease forced her from the stage. Beautiful to behold, blessed with a pleasant voice, she worked at improving her skills as a conventional actress, and at the time of her retirement in 1884, she was reckoned quite convincing. She died from shock after an operation to remove her fallopian tubes in 1888. David S. Shields/ALS

FINAL COMMENTS: I can put an awful lot of paper into one envelope so if you are buying in bulk, please wait for me to amend the invoice before making payment.

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VICTORIAN Trade Card - Eliza Weathersby, Burlesque Performer, Unused


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