ACT6.
Karoly, Royal Leamington Spa. Cabinet Card of a fellow all dressed up in medieval garb with his bow and horn. Probably an actor. VG. $20


ACT7.
Window & Grove, London. Miss Ellen Terry (1847-1928) as “Margaret.” Cabinet Card. VG. $55


ACT20.
H. Rocher & Co, Chicago. Cabinet Card of Mrs. Lilly Langtry. G+ $85


ACT30.
Gurney, NY. Mrs. Scott Siddons. CDV. VG. $45


ACT31.
No ID. Lizzie Harrold. CDV. VG. $25


ACT32.
Charles D. Fredricks & Co., NY. John Lester Wallack (1820-1888), actor and manager. Managed the second Wallack’s Theater in NY and opened the third. Trimmed. CDV. VG. $85


ACT35.
Photographic negative from Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E&HT Anthony, NY. Edwin Forrest (1806-1872). Well-known American actor. Corners clipped. CDV. VG. $85


ACT37.
J. Gurney & Son, NY. Mrs. John Wood, born Matilda Charlotte Vining (1831-1915); English actress and theatre manager. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $75


ACT38.
E. Anthony, NY. Mrs. John Wood, born Matilda Charlotte Vining (1831-1915); English actress and theatre manager. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $75


ACT40.
Charles D. Fredricks & Co., NY. Agnes Kelly Robertson (1833-1916). Actress, adopted daughter of Charles Keen. CDV. VG. $40


ACT43.
J. Gurney & Son, NY. George Holland (1791-1870), English-American stage actor. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $50


ACT44.
J. Gurney & Son, NY. Daniel Webster Bryant (1833-1875). Famous negro minstrel, member of “Sable Hamonists,” “Bryant’s Minstrels.” Manager as well. CDV. G. $85


ACT50.
J. Gurney & Son, NY. Paul Juignet, actor. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $45


ACT55.
J. Gurney & Son, NY. William Randolph Floyd (b. 1832); actor and manager. CDV. VG. $35


ACT56.
Photographic negative from Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E. Anthony, NY. Mrs. J.H. Allen, actress. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $35


ACT58.
J. Gurney & Son, NY. John Nunan (1832-1870); Irish actor and comedian at Niblo’s Gardens, NY. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $35


ACT60.
J. Gurney & Son, NY. Livingston R. Shewell (1833-1873), actor. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $35


ACT74.
J. Gurney & Son, NY. Ione Burke, singer and actress. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $20


ACT80.
T.R. Burnham, Boston. Edwin Forrest (1806-1872). Well-known American actor. CDV. VG. $50


ACT85.
Dana, New York. Large hard card-mounted photo (13″ x 7.25″). Charles Walter Couldock (1815-98), actor. One of the leading character actors of the 19th century, he was born in London and decided on a stage career after watching Macready perform. His professional debut occurred in 1836, then thirteen years later he came to America where playgoers first saw him in the title role of The Stranger. After four seasons at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre, he embarked on a long tour as the old farmer Luke Fielding in The Willow Copse, a role he returned to as late as 1885. Couldock joined Laura Keene’s company in 1858 and later successfully played such roles as Iago and Hamlet. However, his most celebrated part was that of Dunstan Kirke, who unjustly banishes his daughter, in Hazel Kirke (1880). Clara Morris described the heavyset, curly-haired actor as looking like “the beau-ideal wealthy farmer” and noted, “The strong point of his acting was in the expression of intense emotion-particularly grief or frenzied rage. He was utterly lacking in dignity, courtliness, or subtlety. He was best as a rustic.” VG. $125


ACT86.
Falk, NY. Georgia Cayvan (1858-1906), actress. Born in Bath, Maine, this beautiful leading lady spent several years playing in Boston before succeeding Effie Ellsler as Hazel Kirke in New York in 1881. She immediately became a prominent actress, portraying the heroine in such famous comedies or dramas as The Professor (1881); The White Slave (1882), in which she spoke the once famous lines, “Rags are royal raiment when worn for virtue’s sake”; Siberia (1883); May Blossom (1884); The Wife (1887); The Charity Ball (1889); and Squire Kate (1892). An illness forced a premature retirement and led to her early death. VG. $125


ACT99.
Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E&HT Anthony. Charles John Kean (18 January 1811 – 22 January 1868), actor, was born at Waterford, Ireland, the son of the actor Edmund Kean. CDV. VG. $75

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ACT107. J. O’Kane, NY. CDV of Edwin Booth, Tragedian. G. $150

Verona Jarbeau, Actress by Sarony
ACT109. Sarony, NY. Verona Jarbeau, actress. Cabinet Card. E. $45

Isabel Evesson, actress by Sarony
ACT111. Sarony, NY. Isabel Evesson (1863-1914), American actress. Cabinet Card. VG. $25

Gracie Sharpe
ACT113. Howell, New York. Cabinet Card of Gracie Sharpe, actress. VG. $20

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ACT123. J. Gurney & Son, NY. Wallack’s Theatre Souvenir. CDV. G. $125


ACT131. Cabinet Card by Warren, Boston of renowned actress Charlotte Cushman. With inscribed and signed slip “Best Wishes Miss Bours, Charlotte Cushman.” Cushman had many love affairs with well-known women of her day. She was also close friends with Secretary Seward. She led a most interesting and colorful life passing away at age 59. G. $125


ACT132. C.D. Fredricks & Co., NY. Charlotte Saunders Cushman (July 23, 1816 – February 18, 1876) was an American stage actress. Her voice was noted for its full contralto register, and she was able to play both male and female parts. She lived intermittently in Rome, in an expatriate colony of prominent artists and sculptors, some of whom became part of her tempestuous private life. CDV. G. $75


ACT133. Mora, NY. William Henry Crane (30 April 1845 – 7 March 1928) was an American actor. He was born in Leicester, Massachusetts on 30 April 1845. He made his first appearance at Utica, New York, in Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment in 1863. Later he had a great success as Le Blanc the Notary, in the burlesque Evangeline (1873). He made his first hit in the legitimate drama with Stuart Robson (1836–1903), in The Comedy of Errors and other Shakespearian plays, and in The Henrietta (1881) by Bronson Howard (1842–1908). This partnership lasted for twelve years, and subsequently Crane appeared in various eccentric character parts in such plays as The Senator and David Harum. In 1904 he turned to more serious work and played Isidore Izard in Business is Business, an adaptation from Octave Mirbeau’s Les Affaires sont les Affaires. In his 70s, Crane appeared in a number of films, notably in a reprise of his role in David Harum (1915). He also appeared in MGM’s Three Wise Fools, a film recently revived on Turner Classic Movies and is available on home video/DVD. Crane died on 7 March 1928 at the age of eighty-two in the Hollywood Hotel. In this cabinet card he is seen in “Our Bachelors.” VG. $75


ACT138. Sarony, NY. Fanny Lily Gipsey Davenport (April 10, 1850 – September 26, 1898) was an Anglo-American stage actress. CDV. VG. $25


ACT148. Sarony, NY. Lilian Adelaide Neilson (3 March 1847 – 15 August 1880), born Elizabeth Ann Brown, was a British stage actress. VG. $20


ACT149. Mora, NY. Maude Branscombe’s scant resume on the stage performing “Ixion” and “H.M.S. Pinafore” hardly explains her significance in the history of celebrity. She was the first of the performing artists of the 19th century for whom good looks trumped every other ability; indeed, she was an inadequate dancer, inconsistent elocutionist, and insecure singer. But the camera loved her no end. She became in 1877 an international star on the strength of her photogenic face and figure, celebrated in gallery windows and in the cabinet card displays in city newsstands. The popularity of her image ushered in the era of the buffo artist–the woman of minor talent whose looks made them bankable. Though Jose Maria Mora discovered Branscombe and popularized her face, every metropolitan photographer paid to have her pose. Her income from sittings far exceeded her wages as featured attraction on the stage. While Lily Langtry and Lillian Russell may have generated more cabinet cards by the end of the 19th century, Branscombe for a five year period between 1877 and 1882 was the most ubiquitous of the professional beauties represented by photography. English by birth, she became an artist’s model in her teens, sitting for the Scottish painter McClean and Elliot & Fry’s photographic studio. Lord Alfred Paget secured for her a stage role as Ophelia, but the performance was not a success. Figuring she could find a place in an American extravaganza, she crossed the Atlantic where she experienced the sudden notoriety of being the “most beautiful woman in the world.” Her American engagements were never artistically significant–the burlesque, “Orpheus and Eurydice,” the burlesque, “Cinderella,” “Hamlet,” “The Sorcerer,” “H.M.S. Pinafore.” Branscombe’s photographic popularity began to wane in late 1881, as Mary Anderson’s image supplanted hers in the gallery cases. In 1882 she returned to England, played several months in “Manteaux Noire” at the Avenue Theater, before sinking into the stage netherworld of provincial pantomimes. In 1886 she married pianist Victor Lonuen. She surfaced briefly into public notice in 1895 when she took her employer, A.H. Gunn, to court for assault. She was working as a stenographer at the time. Born Clara Amelia Branscombe in Exeter in 1854, her father was the ‘Vicar Choral’ of Exeter Cathedral.  The place and year of her death are unknown. Her fame lives on, however. James Joyce immortalised her in ‘Ulysses,’ where she is described as an ‘actress and professional beauty.’ Trimmed at right side. CDV. G. $15


ACT159. Gurney, NY. Unidentified actress. CDV. G. $10


ACT160. C.D. Fredricks & Co., NY. Kate Newton. Written on back “d. May 13, 1940 age 94.” 2-cent cancelled tax stamp on verso. CDV. VG. $20


ACT170. Sarony, NY. Ada Dyas (1843-1908) was an Irish actress. She made her London debut in 1861 in Henry IV, and became famous in the 1871 play based on Wilkie Collins’s novel The Woman in White. CDV. VG. $25


ACT172. Mora, NY. Harry Hunter as the Lone Fisherman in Evangeline. CDV. G. $20


ACT174. Allen, Boston. 19th century actor H.W. Johnson. I have not found anything on this gentleman but he came with a collection of images of 19th century celebrities. CDV. G. $10


ACT175. Sarony, NY. CDV of Minnie Palmer (3/31/57-5/21/36), American actress. VG. $20


ACT176. Sarony, NY. CDV of unidentified actress. VG. $15


ACT177. Houseworth, San Francisco. CDV of unidentified actress. VG. $15


ACT178. Houseworth, San Francisco. CDV of unidentified actress. VG. $15


ACT179. Houseworth, San Francisco. CDV of unidentified actress. VG. $15


ACT180. Bayley & Cramer’s Fine-Art Gallery, San Francisco. Next to Maguire’s Opera House. CDV identified on verso as “Leslie Sweet.” I cannot find anything on this actress. 2-cent cancelled tax stamp on verso. VG. $10


ACT181. Houseworth, San Francisco. CDV of unidentified actress. VG. $15


ACT182. Houseworth, San Francisco. CDV of unidentified actress. VG. $15


ACT184. Mora, NY. Lilian Adelaide Neilson (3 March 1847 – 15 August 1880), born Elizabeth Ann Brown, was a British stage actress. VG. $20


ACT185. Mora, NY. Maud Granger was born on December 25, 1849 in Middletown, Connecticut, USA as Anna E. Brainard. She was an actress, known for The White Pearl (1915), Zaza (1915) and The Runaway Wife (1915). She was married to Alfred Cecil Calmour (1857-1912) playwright and W.R. Baxter. She died on August 17, 1928 in New York City. G. $20


ACT186. Howell, NY. Pauline Markham (May 1847 – March 20, 1919) was an Anglo-American dancer and contralto singer active on burlesque and vaudeville stages during the latter decades of the 19th century. She began by performing juvenile rôles in Manchester, made her debut on the London stage at 20 and a year later New York as a member of the British Blondes which introduced Victorian burlesque to America, where for a few years she would find phenomenal success before her career settled into a long steady decline. The critic Richard Grant White once described Markham’s singing as vocal velvet and her arms as the lost arms of the Venus de Milo. Markham had studied singing with Manuel García at the Royal Academy of Music in London. G. $20


ACT189. Sarony, NY. Agnes Ethel (May 1, 1846 – May 26, 1903) was a Broadway actress of the late 19th century. She performed in New York City, the city of her birth, from 1868 to 1871. Her married name was Agnes Ethel Tracy. She was especially talented in acting emotional roles. VG. $20


ACT191. Warren’s Photographic Studio, Boston. Mrs. Thomas Barry, actress. VG. $20


ACT192. Mora, NY. Henry James Montague was the stage name of Henry John Mann, (January 20, 1843 – August 13, 1878), an American actor born in England. VG. $20


ACT194. Sarony, NY.John T. Raymond (1836-1887), whose original name was John O’Brien, was an American stage actor, born in Buffalo, New York, on August 5, 1836; he died in Evansville, Indiana on April 10, 1887. His first appearance was made on June 27, 1853, at a theatre in Rochester, New York, under the management of Messrs., Carr and Henry Warren, as Lopez, in “The Honeymoon.” Afterwards, he went to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charleston, Savannah, Mobile and New Orleans. In 1858 he had his early success with Sothern in Tom Taylor’s Our American Cousin, in which he later appeared in London and in Paris. Raymond first became known in New York in 1861, when he appeared at Laura Keene’s Theatre, succeeding Joseph Jefferson in low comedy parts, and at that time he acted Asa Trenchard in “Our American Cousin.” His greatest popular hit was as Col. Mulberry Sellers in a dramatization of Mark Twain’s Gilded Age’ (1873), a character that became completely identified with his own breezy optimism. Raymond’s professional career extended over a period of thirty-two years, in the course of which he acted in all the parts that usually fall to the lot of a low comedian. Raymond was twice married, first to actress Marie E. Gordon, known on the stage after 1864. Their marriage was unhappy and they were legally separated. His second wife was a daughter of Rose Eytinge. At the time of his second marriage he obtained legal authority for the change of his name from John O’Brien to John T. Raymond. In 1887 his body was brought to New York, and buried in the Actors’ Plot, in Evergreen Cemetery, Long Island. His grave is marked by a stone bearing an inscription and an epitaph written by William Winter. VG. $25


ACT196. C.D. Fredricks & Co., NY. CDV of Elisabeth Félix, better known only as Mademoiselle Rachel (21 February 1821 – 3 January 1858), was a French actress.  She became a prominent figure in French society, and was the mistress of, among others, Napoleon III and Napoléon Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte. Efforts by newspapers to publish pictures of her on her deathbed led to the introduction of privacy rights into French law. Rachel Félix was born as Elisabeth Félix on 28 February 1821, in Mumpf, Rheinfelden, Aargau, to a family of Jewish background. Her father, Jacob Félix, was a peddler and her mother, Esther Hayer, was a Bohemian dealer in second-hand clothes. She had four sisters (Sarah, Rebecca, Dinah, and Leah) and one brother, Raphael. As a child, Félix earned money singing and reciting in the streets. She arrived in Paris in 1830 intending to become an actress. She took elocution and singing lessons, eventually studying under the instruction of the musician Alexandre-Étienne Choron and Saint-Aulaire. She took dramatic arts classes and debuted in La Vendéenne in January 1837, at the Théâtre du Gymnase. Delestre-Poirson, the director, gave her the stage name Rachel, which she chose to retain in her private life as well. Rachel was described as a very serious and committed student. She was admired for her intelligence, work ethic, diction, and ability to act. Auditioning in March 1838, she starred in Pierre Corneille’s Horace at the Théâtre-Français at the age of 17. During this time she began a liaison with Louis Véron, the former director of the Paris Opera, which became the subject of much gossip. During this time, from 1838–42, she lived in a third-floor apartment in Paris’s Galerie Véro-Dodat. Her fame spread throughout Europe after success in London in 1841, and she was often associated with the works of Racine, Voltaire, and Corneille. She toured Brussels, Berlin, and St. Petersburg. Although French classical tragedy was no longer popular at the time Rachel entered the stage of Comédie-Française, she remained true to her classical roots, arousing audiences with a craving for the tragic style of writers like Corneille, Racine and Molière. She created the title role in Eugène Scribe’s Adrienne Lecouvreur. Her acting style was characterized by clear diction and economy of gesture; she evoked a high demand for classical tragedy to remain on the stage. This represented a major change from the exaggerated style of those days, as society was beginning to demand the highly emotional, realistic, instinctual acting styles of the Romantics. Félix completely rejected the Romantic Drama movement happening in nineteenth-century France. She was best known for her portrayal of the title role in Phèdre. Félix’s health declined after a long tour of Russia. She died early in 1858, aged 36, from tuberculosis in Le Cannet, Alpes-Maritimes, France. Upon her deathbed, she wrote many farewell letters to her sons, family members, lovers, colleagues and theatre connections at Comédie-Française. She is buried in a mausoleum in the Jewish part of Père Lachaise Cemetery and fr:Avenue Rachel in Paris was named after her. The English theatre critic James Agate published a biography of her in 1928, which echoes the anti-Semitism of his day. A modern account of her life and legacy by Rachel Brownstein was published in 1995. The character “Vashti” in Charlotte Brontë’s novel Villette was reportedly based on Félix, whom Brontë had seen perform in London. Rachel, a light tannish colour, primarily for face-powder used in artificial light, is named after her. The raschel knitting-machine is according to the OED also named after her. VG. $35