Jennie Carroll’s Selected Company! ... The Poor Factory Girl, Or, All That Glitters Is Not Gold… [lines from illustrated broadside].
C.1874–1880 theatrical broadside for a drama about a lowly mill hand who loves above her station
Rare, unrecorded c.1860s–1870s broadside for a Williamsport, Pennsylvania theater production of The Poor Factory Girl, written by playwrights Thomas Morton (1803–1879) and John Maddison Morton (1811–1891). The story concerns “Martha Gibbs, the Factory Girl,” a lowly mill hand who loves above her station.
The lead character was played by American actress Jennie née Melville Carroll (1843–?) who began her stage career as a child. She performed in many Southern and Western theaters and in various playhouses in New York City.¹ A pencil annotation on verso describes her appearances in Williamsport: “Feb. 5th She will Play East Linn [i.e. Lynne] the Second Night, this She will play the first Evening Feb. 4.” Because the drama East Lynne was published in 1869; the “Wednesday Feb. 4th” date of the present production suggests the likely dates of the broadside to be either 1874 or 1880.
A portrait of Carroll, engraved by E. Sears adorns the broadside; Carroll is identifiable by the monogram on her necklace pendant.
Description: Jennie Carroll’s Selected Company! ... The Poor Factory Girl, Or, All That Glitters Is Not Gold… [lines from illustrated broadside].
Williamsport, Pa.: Printed at the Gazette and Bulletin Steam Power Printing House, 81 Pine Street, c.1874–1880? p. Theatrical Broadside. 23¼ x 9 inches. Portrait illustration. Some pale dampstaining; small loss at fold affecting two letters; else near fine.
Note. 1. Brown, History of the American Stage (New York, 1870), p408. Unlisted in OCLC.
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