Photographic Souvenir Programme of the Actors’ Fund Benefit at the Broadway Theatre. January 19th, 1892.
An early artifact of the still-extant Actors Fund Benefit
Illustrated programme at the New York City Broadway Theatre 1892, an early artifact of the still-extant Actors’ Fund Benefit. The evening’s performance is thoroughly detailed in small type, starting at the inside of the front wrap and ending inside the rear wrap. Between are eight portraits of the evening’s actors, notably Edward Harrigan (1844–1911) of Harrigan and Hart fame, Georgia Cayvan (1857–1906), and Helena Modjeska (1840–1909).
The Actors’ Fund began in 1882 by Albert Marshman Palmer (1838–1905) an American theatrical manager, born at North Stonington, Connecticut. Over one hundred years later, the Actors’ Fund helped actors stricken during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.
Description: Photographic Souvenir Programme of the Actors’ Fund Benefit at the Broadway Theatre. January 19th, 1892.
[New York. American Publishing Co. 1892].  plates of portraits, half-tones from original photographs. 5¾ x 5 inches. Printed wrappers, silk-tied. Near fine.
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