Antique Vaudeville & Silent Theater Actor Actress & Opera Singer Autograph Book
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…… It took us a very long time, but we have finally finished identifying just about every autograph and inscription that is in this antique 19th century 8“ by 5“ autograph book! All the are all transcribed down below this description and you will also find a brief biography below each name of the Actor or Actress as well as some additional information about theaters that are mentioned. Whoever owned this Autograph book was a either a major fan of the Theater, or perhaps was involved in theater themselves. This book is has 45 pages, with over 70 different autographs. The actors & actresses who have signed are Vaudeville Stars, Stage Actors, Silent Film Stars and even a few Opera Singers. As you can see, there is some edge wear to the book, and there are a couple of lose pages, but overall it is in very good original & complete condition. Below is the complete list of every autograph in this book. We have taken many photos, but please feel free to request more! Remember, we guarantee 100% that the high buyer will be more than satisfied with the quality, condition, age and authenticity of every Autograph in this book, or we will return all of their money.
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“May your joys be as deep as the ocean and your sorrows as light as the foam”
John Gilbert “Wallack’s” New York, Oct. 15, 1884
John Gibbs Gilbert (1810 – 1889) was a Boston born American stage actor whose real name was Gibbs. From 1862 until the close of Wallack's Theatre in New York he was connected with that house. His most famous rôle was that of Sir Peter Teazle in The School for Scandal. (Wallack’s Theater) Four NYC theaters have borne the name "Wallack's Theatre." Each has had other names before and/or after. All are now demolished. The Wallack’s Theater that John Gilbert performed at was at 844 Broadway at 13th street. It was opened as Wallack’s Theater on September 25th 1861 with “the New President” by Tom Taylor. It was Wallack’s until 1881 when it became The Germania Theater. In 1883 it became The Star Theater (which is most likely why he puts the name of Wallack’s in quotation marks.) The theater closed as The Star Theater in 1901 with April 20th being when the theater held its last performance.
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women, merely players” Shakespeare
Respectfully Yours, William Warren Boston Oct. /84
William Warren (1812 – 1888) was an American actor, for many years connected with the old Boston Museum in 1847, he became a member of the Boston Museum, where he remained, with a brief exception, until he retired in 1883. His semicentennial in 1882 brought out many deserved tributes to an admirable comedian and representative of the best traditions of the stage. Toward the last Warren was particularly successful in rendering the roles of fine old English gentlemen. He was a cousin of Joseph Jefferson. He was at his best in such roles as Dr. Pangloss in The Heir at Law, Sir Peter Teazle in The School for Scandal, Dr. Primrose and Touchstone in As You Like It.
The Boston Museum (1841–1903), also called the Boston Museum and Gallery of Fine Arts, was a theatre, wax museum, natural history museum, zoo and art museum during the 19th century in Boston.
Yours Very Truly, M A Vincent Boston Museum February 3rd 1885
Mary Ann Vincent (September 18, 1818 – September 4, 1887) was a British born American actress. In 1846, Mrs Vincent went to America to join the stock company of the old National Theatre in Boston, where she became a great favourite. The National Theatre burned in 1852, and thenceforth, until her death, on 4th of September 1887, Mrs. Vincent was connected with the company at the Boston Museum.
Madge Kendal - W.H. Kendal
Dame Madge Kendal (1848 – 1935), born as Margaret Shafto Robertson, was an English actress of best known for her roles in Shakespeare and English comedies. Together with her husband, W. H. Kendal, she became an important theatre manager.
William Hunter Kendal (1843 – 1917) was an English actor and theatre manager. He and his wife Madge starred at the Haymarket in Shakespearian revivals and the old English comedies beginning in the 1860s. In the 1870s, they starred in a series of "fairy comedies" by W. S. Gilbert and in many plays on the West End with the Bancrofts and others. In the 1880s, they starred at and jointly managed (with John Hare) the St. James's Theatre. They then enjoyed a long touring career.
In Print “Autograph presented to the French Fair With the compliments of
Edwin Thomas Booth (1833 – 1893) was a famous 19th-century American Actor who toured throughout America and the major capitals of Europe, performing Shakespearean plays.
With Pleasure- Yours Truly Ellen Terry Boston October 1884
Dame Ellen Terry, (1847 – 1928) was an English stage actress who became the leading Shakespearean actress in Britain. Born into a family of actors, Terry began acting as a child in Shakespeare plays and continued as a teen, in London and on tour. In 1878 she joined Henry Irvings's company as his leading lady. Two of her most famous roles were Portia in The Merchant of Venice. and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. She continued to find acting success until 1920, while also appearing in films until 1922. Her career lasted nearly seven decades.
Two Signatures Both Unreadable
French Fair Boston Carlotta LeClercq April 71
CARLOTTA LECLERCQ (1840-1893) actress, elder daughter of Charles Leclercq, actor and pantomimist, was born in London about 1840. A brother Charles (d. 20 Sept. 1894) was a member of Daly's company, and well known both in London and New York. Other members of the family were connected with the stage.
In print “Autograph presented to the French Fair with the compliments of
Charles Albert Fechter (23 October 1824 – 5 August 1879) was an Anglo-French actor.
is in another language and I cannot make out enough of the letters
“I have been much hated, yet have been as much beloved” –(Mary Stuart)
Adelaide Ristori Del Grillo Boston 20th Dec 1884
Ada Rehan 1892
Ada Rehan (1859 - 1916) was an American actress. She was born as Delia Crehan in Ireland and brought to the United States at about the age of six years. She was misbilled as Ada C. Rehan and the name stuck. Her acting career began early with some minor parts as a child, then her activities increased in America.
John Drew June 1892
John Drew, Jr. (1853– 1927) was an American stage actor noted for his roles in Shakespearen comedy, society drama, and light comedies.
Cora Urquhart Potter
Cora Urquhart Brown-Potter (1857 – 1936), was one of the first American society women to become a stage actress.
Harold Kyrle Money Bellew (1850 – 1911), more commonly known as Kyrle Bellew, was a British stage and silent film actor in the late 19th and early 20th century. Bellew notably toured with Cora Brown-Potter in the 1880s and 1890s and was cast as the leading man in many stage productions alongside Brown-Potter. He was also a signwriter, gold prospector and rancher mainly in Australia.
Toson colini che otello fu “(Shakespeare-Otello) Tommaso Salvini Boston 30 Nov 1885
Tommaso Salvini (1829 – 1915) was an Italian Actor.
First signature is unreadable.
Very Cordially Yours, Annie M. Clarke Dec 97
Annie M. Clarke (1845-1902) American Actress who was introduced to the stage at age 2. She played alongside William Warren and Mary Vincent and grew up becoming very close to them.
Francis Wilson 1894
Francis Wilson (1854 – 1935) was an American actor, born in Philadelphia. He began his career in a minstrel show, but by 1878 was playing at the Chestnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, and the next year appeared in M'liss with Annie Pixley.
Julia Marlowe March 1894
Julia Marlowe (1865 – 1950) was an English-born American actress known for her interpretations of William Shakespeare. She made her Broadway debut in 1895 and went on to appear in more than seventy Broadway productions. In 1904, Marlowe starred as Mary Tudor in When Knighthood Was in Flower. This was an enormous success, and made Marlowe financially independent.
Earle Williams Boston 1893
Earle Williams (1880-1927) was a silent film star. He was Vitagraphs company's leading man in the 1910s, Earle Williams was voted America's number one star in 1915, starting his career on stage as a teenager, the year he made perhaps his most popular film of all, The Juggernaut.
Very Sincerely Yours Kate Claxton
Kate Claxton (1848 – 1924) was an American actress, born Kate Elizabeth Cone.
“The rest is silence” - Hamlet Wilson Barrett
Wilson Barrett (1846 – 1904) was an English manager, actor and playwright. With his company, Barrett is credited with attracting the largest crowds of English theatregoers ever because of his success with melodrama.
Georgie Eva Cayvan (1857 – 1906) was a popular stage actress in the United States in the later part of the nineteenth century.
With Respect Chas Barron Oct 84
Charles Barron (Charles Brown)-1840-1918 was an American Actor of the late 1800s.
Wm J. LeMoyne
William J. Le Moyne (1831–1905) was an American actor who is credited with playing Deacon Perry in the first stage adaption of Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Isabel ????? 1892
Yours Very Truly E. H. Sothern Jan 18??
Edward Hugh Sothern (1859 – 1933) was an American Actor who specialized in dashing, romantic leading roles and particularly in Shakespeare roles.
(Corner Signature completely unreadable)
Yours Truly Richard Mansfield 1888
Richard Mansfield (1857 -1907) was an English actor-manager best known for his performances in Shakespeare plays, Gilvery and Sullivan operas and for his portrayal of the dual title roles in Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Mansfield was performing in the London production of the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in late summer – early autumn 1888 during the time that Jack the Ripper was murdering prostitutes in London. One frightened theatre-goer wrote to the police accusing Mansfield of the murders because he could not believe that any actor could make so convincing a stage transformation from a gentleman into a mad killer without being homicidal. Mansfield attempted to gain public favour and stem the criticism that he was receiving by offering a performance of the comedy Prince Karl for the benefit of the Suffragan Bishop of London's home and refuge fund for reformed prostitutes.
Yours Sincerely Joseph Holland
Joseph Holland- (1859 -1926), stage and silent screen actor.
Caroline Miskel-Hoyt (1873–1898) was an American stage actress who became the second wife of playwright Charles Hale Hoyt.
Helena Modjeska (1840 –1909), whose actual Polish surname was Modrzejewska was a renowned actress who specialized in Shakespearean and tragic roles. Modjeska was the mother of Polish-American bridge engineer Ralph Modjeski.
Nat C. Goodwin
Nathaniel Carl Goodwin (1857 – 1919) was an American actor and vaudevillian born in Boston. While clerk in a large shop he studied for the stage and made his first appearance in 1874 at the Howard Athenaeum in Boston in Stuart Robson's company as the newsboy in Joseph Bradford's Law in New York.
Sincerely Yours Roland Reed
Roland Reed-1852-1901 American Actor, comedian and manager
Yours Truly Julia Neilson
Julia Neilson (12 June 1868 – 27 May 1957) was an English actress best known for her numerous performances as Lady Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel, for her roles in many tragedies and historical romances, and for her portrayal of Rosalind in a long-running production of As You Like It.
Yours Sincerely Fred Terry
Fred Terry (1863 – 1933) was an English actor and theatrical manager. After establishing his reputation in London and in the provinces for a decade, he joined the company of Herbert Beerbohm Tree where he remained for four years, meeting his future wife, Julia Neilson. With Neilson, he played in London and on tour for 27 further years, becoming famous in sword and cape roles, such as the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel.
“Only this and nothing more” Stuart Robson 1896
Stuart Robson (1836 –1903) was a famous comedic stage actor around the turn of the 19th to 20th century.
William Gillette April 1897
William Hooker Gillette (1853 – 1937) was an American actor, playwright and stage-manager in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is best remembered today for portraying Sherlock Holmes on stage and in a now lost 1916 silent film.
Very Truly Yours Wm H. Grant
Can’t find information on this one
Maude Haines--??? I think this is what it is… also cannot find info
Sincerely Yours, Agnes Booth
Agnes Booth (October 4, 1843 – January 2, 1910), born Marion Agnes Land Rookes, was an Australian-born American actress who married Junius Brutus Booth, and was then the in-law of John Wilkes Booth, and Edwin Booth.
Yours very sincerely J. H. ??addart
Cannot find information on these three
Cordially Yours Clara Lane Murray
Yours Truly J. K. Murray
Very Truly Yours Richie Ling
Boston March 1897
(cant find info on these two)
Very Sincerely Yours Laura Millard
Very Sincerely Cartharina Linyard
“Everything is full of beauty when the heart is full of love”
Sincerely Lillian Lawrence
Lillian Lawrence (1868 - 1926) was an American theater and silent film actress.
Very Cordially Henrietta Lander—couldn’t find information
Very sincerely Charles Mackay
Charles Mackay (1867-1935) Stage Actor
“Now as thou lovest me show me his letter” Horace Lewis
Horace Lewis – (1854-1905) Stage Actor
I take great pleasure in granting your request for my signature Chas J. Richman
Charles J. Richman (1865 – 1940) was an American stage and film actor who appeared in 66 films between 1914 and 1939. Long before entering films Richman, in his youth one of the handsomest men on the stage achieved a tremendous amount of stardom and success in the legitimate theatre. Most certainly film acting was an afterthought in his long and distinguished career.
Yours Truly Mrs. G. A. Gilbert April 1898 Cant find info
James Lewis April 26th 1896
James Lewis (1840 – 1896) was an American Comedian, born in Troy, NY, where he made his first stage appearance in 1858, playing Farmer Gammon in The Writing on the Wall. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was in the South, and narrowly escaped being detained there by the blockade. Subsequently he traveled much in the Middle West. His first appearance in New York City was in 1866, in the farce Your Life's in Danger, presented at the Olympic Theatre by Mrs. John Wood's company. Afterward he was very successful in Boston in the role of Dick Swiveller. In 1869 he became the leading comedian in Augustin Daly's company in New York City, and he retained this position during the remainder of his life. He was highly successful in almost every comedy part that he played.
Very Truly ????? Russell
???? A. Salvini 1896
Alessandro Salvini (1851-1896) actor and grandson of actor Tommasso Salvini
Yours Truly Denman Thompson Sept 19th 96
Henry Denman Thompson (1833 - 1911) was an American playwright and theatre actor.
Truly Joseph Haworth 96
Joseph Haworth (1855-1903) Joseph Haworth was the most versatile actor of his time. He was a romantic, swashbuckling matinee idol who thrilled men and boys with his athletic acting and swordplay, and who made female audience members swoon at his love scenes. Additionally, he was an accomplished character actor, a deft comedic player, and a brilliant farceur. He could also sing and dance. In Shakespeare, he was a master of both the classic and heroic schools of acting.
Lillian Russell (1860 – 1922) was an American actress and singer. She became one of the most famous actresses and singers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, known for her beauty and style, as well as for her voice and stage presence.
Annie Russell Dec-96
Annie Ellen Russell (1864– 1936) was an English born American stage actress.
Maxine Elliot 1897
Maxine Elliott (1868 - 1940) was an American stage actress. Reviewers disagreed "over whether it was her beauty or her acting ability that attracted attention" In addition to her stage skills, Elliott was also a savvy businesswoman.
Faithfully Delia/Celia/????Feliz? Bartve--???? Not sure here
Dewolfe Hopper Dec 26th 96
William DeWolf Hopper (March 30, 1858 – September 23, 1935) was an and theatrical producer. Although a star of the musical stage, he was best known for performing the at the Bat.
Yours Sincerely Oscar Girard Dec 25 /96
Oscar Girard-Comedic opera actor
For your generous expressions of appreciation I am gratefully yours Adelaide U??ood
(Can’t figure out last name)
Sincerely Yours Mary Saunders
Mary Saunders-Stage Actress
Beatrice Cameron (1868–1940) Stage actress and wife of Richard Mansfield who was also an actor and the first Jack the ripper suspect.
(folded card)- “The Play’s the thing” Shakespeare
Castle Sq theatre Stock Company
William Jonathan Humphrey ( 1875 - 1942) was an American Actor and film director. Born in Chicopee Falls, mass William Humphrey was a well-known member of the early stock company of Vitagraph Studios. Without the romantic looks to become a real star, he nevertheless played leads in Shakespeare and other important studio productions of the day.
Castle Square Theatre (1894–1932) in Boston, Massachusetts, was located on Tremont Street in the South End. The building existed until its demolition in 1933.
Nancy Lee Bamaber
Yours in Irish, Chauncey Olcott
Chancellor "Chauncey" Olcott (1858 – 1932) was an American stage actor, songwritor & singer of Irish descent. In the early years of his career Olcott sang in minstrel shows and Lillian Russell played a major role in helping make him a Broadway star. Amongst his songwriting accomplishments, Olcott wrote and composed the song "My Wild Irish Rose" for his production of A Romance of Athlong in 1899. Olcott also wrote the lyrics to "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" for his production of The Isle O' Dreams in 1912.
Jessie Bartlett Davis 1897
Jessie Bartlett Davis (ca. 1859-1861 - 1905) was an American operatic singer and actress from Morris, Illinois who was billed as "America's Representative Contralto".
May Irwin 10-3-97
May Irwin (1862 - 1938) was a Canadian actress, singer and star of vaudeville.
Adelaide Cushman-Appeared in an Irish Drama
Adelaide Cushman appeared in an Irish drama in 1893, and may also be the Miss A. Cushman who appeared in another Irish play.
Lizzie Morgan Native of Sydney Austrailia New South Wales Boston Dec 16 97
Lizzie Morgan-Stage actress with the Castle Square Theatre from 1897 til the end of her career.
Cant find info on these two
Most Sincerely Janice K Harked Oct 16 97
Viola Allur 1899
Yrs Sincerely Mary Mannering Oct 16th 97
Mary Mannering (1876 – 1953) was an Anglo-American actress, born in London. She studied for the stage under Hermann Vezin. She made her debut at manchester in 1892 under her own name of Florence Friend.
With all good wishes Walter E Perkins Boston June 18 98
Walter E. Perkins- Stage Actor
(folded) Dear Miss Eaton It gives me much pleasure to send you the autograph of Yours very truly ????? Odell Mar 23 98
Sincerely Julie Off 1898
Edith Mason Perski
Yours Very Truly Francis Drake Castle Square Theatre Boston Mass 8/23/98
Faithfully Richard Dailey
Very Sincerely M. H. Fowler
Very Truly Henry Jewett
Henry Jewett-Stage actor who started the Henry Jewett Players theater group
Yours Truly ?c? Williams 99
Mrs Eaton Sincerely Robert Edeson Nov/98
Robert Edeson (1868-1931) was an American movie and stage actor of the silent era. Edeson got his first boost in movies in 1914 when he starred in the Cecil B. DeMille directed film, The Call of the North (1914).
James O. Barrows Nov 4th 1898
James O. Barrows-(1855-1925) Stage actor
(Folded Letter) Broad Street Theatre Philadelphia March 18th
To Miss A. P. Eaton Dear Madam With great pleasure and many apologies for the delay yours truly Frank Gillmore
Frank Gillmore (1867-1943) was an English American playwright and a stage and early film actor. He was a founder and former President of Actor's Equity.
(Folded Letter)-On “Castle Square Hotel” Letterhead
Dear Miss Eaton My husband considers it a great compliment that you should wish his autograph but it is a custom he never practices and begs you will thoroughly appreciate his motives. Very Truly Yours Carolyn V. Gillmour July 25 1897
Castle Square Hotel 1905 - 1912
Was located at 421 Tremont Street in Boston, Mass., the 500-room Castle Square Hotel and its 1,800-seat Castle Square Theatre was designed by Winslow & Wetherell and built in 1894.
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