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1890 -- "FULL OF FUN . . . ORIGINAL SITUATIONS . . . DRAMATICALLY TOLD . . . UNLIMITED WIT, MUSIC, AND… by  Manager A. J. Sprague - 1890 - from Read 'Em Again Books & Paper (SKU: 009773)

1890 -- "FULL OF FUN . . . ORIGINAL SITUATIONS . . . DRAMATICALLY TOLD . . . UNLIMITED WIT, MUSIC, AND LAUGHTER." A ten-panel illustrated similitude advertising a touring performance of A Social Session featuring the Imperial Black Hussar band and Grand Star Orchestra.

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1890 -- "FULL OF FUN . . . ORIGINAL SITUATIONS . . . DRAMATICALLY TOLD . . . UNLIMITED WIT, MUSIC, AND LAUGHTER." A ten-panel illustrated similitude advertising a touring performance of A Social Session featuring the Imperial Black Hussar band and Grand Star Orchestra.

by A. J. Sprague, Manager

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This illustrated ten-panel postal similitude advertises the touring theatrical production, A Social Session. In nice shape but a little fragile with splits beginning along one fold. About 6" x 15.5" unfolded.

Although the production company for the touring group is not identified on the brochure, numerous newspaper reviews and advertisements identify it as the "Postage Stamp Company."

The front panel is designed to look like a postally used advertising envelope for the production: "Coming / The Sparkling Comedy Success / A Social Session / Accompanied by the famous Black Hussar Band / and Magnificent Star Orchestra." Its faux address reads "U. R. Invited To / A Social Session / For Date See Daily Press." A faux red postage stamp featuring an overprinted smiling face within the inscription "A Social Session / Come / Come / Laugh / Laugh" is printed in the upper right-hand corner. The faux postmark is from "Amused and Entertained / From 8.2 / 1045 P.M."

The rear panel is printed to resemble the back of an envelope sealed by a label reading "A Social Session". It contains four vignettes: a pair of baseball players, a monocled dandy with top hat and walking stick, a young woman carrying a parasol who is surreptitiously eying the dandy, and a creature with hands and feet that appear to be made of straw.

A title panel reads, "A Social Session / The Sparkling Comedy Success" and includes three illustrations: a sword-bearing actor comforting a rather scantily clad actress, a horrified black-faced rider attempting to halt an equally horrified runaway faux horse, and a man lying dead on the floor.

A second title panel reads, "A Social Session" and features a scene from the play that shows a kneeling American Indian in full headdress pleading to Mephistopheles within a rectangle of fire.

Another shows a barbershop/shoe shine parlor, and

Two panels picture the production's musicians, the Grand Star Orchestra in concert dress, and "Our Famous Black Hussar Band" with a cameo of the show manager, A. J. Sprague.

There are also three text panels.

One touts the entire production: "This Combination consisting of Comedians, Vocalists, Actors and Musicians, Grand Military Band and Magnificent Star Orchestra is . . . a perfect organization, guaranteed by the highest commendation from unbiased press and critical public whose unqualified praise stamps upon this company the Seal of superiority. . .. Full of fun . . . original situations . . . dramatically told . . . unlimited wit, music, and laughter."

A second describes the Black Hussar Band and Magnificent Star Orchestra, identifying soloists and announcing parade and concert times, and

A third is devoted to "Press Opinions from Ocean to Ocean."

Without a doubt, this is the best postal similitude we have seen, and it is exceptionally scarce. Perhaps it is the only extant example. At the time of listing, nothing similar for sale in the trade, nor do the Rare Book Hub, Worthpoint, nor the Stamp Auction Network identify any as having been sold at auction. None are listed as institutional holdings by OCLC.

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Seller
Read 'Em Again Books & Paper US (US)
Seller’s Inventory #
009773
Title
1890 -- "FULL OF FUN . . . ORIGINAL SITUATIONS . . . DRAMATICALLY TOLD . . . UNLIMITED WIT, MUSIC, AND LAUGHTER." A ten-panel illustrated similitude advertising a touring performance of A Social Session featuring the Imperial Black Hussar band and Grand Star Orchestra.
Author
A. J. Sprague, Manager
Format/binding
Envelope or Cover
Book condition
second hand - Very good
Quantity available
1
Publisher
Shober & Carqueville Litho Co
Place of Publication
Chicago
Date Published
1890
Bookseller catalogs
Movies, TV, Etc; Philately;

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About Read 'Em Again Books & Paper

We always have an inventory of unique Americana on hand, that is, we keep a selection of personal narratives such as diaries, work journals, correspondence collections, photograph albums, scrapbooks, and similar items that shed light on some aspect of North American life, history, culture, or society.We also have a nice selection of unusual ephemera and postal history items in stock as well. Member: Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, Ephemera Society, Manuscript Society, American Stamp Dealers Association, American Philatelic Society, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, Military Postal History Society

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