The Eastern Girls [cover title].
The all-woman trio The Eastern Girls was comprised of a banjoist, a mandolin player, and a soprano singer. All the women sang. Here they are seen posing with their instruments and lyric sheets.
Offering “vivacious entertainment” was this trio’s objective and this promotional piece or circular, issued by their management company, The Eastern-Empire Lyceum Bureau, goes through great lengths to present the women’s musical background and training.
Banjoist Hazel Grace Browne, a graduate of Shaftesbury School of Expression of Baltimore, could “sing the rare old Southern melodies…as only a child of the South can interpret them.” Adele Hoes learned her mandolin from Leland H. Powers; her voice training with Madame Cassavaunt, and in the Grand Opera School in New York. Lyric soprano Florence King “studied several years at the New England Conservatory—voice under Shirly and Lyric and Dramatization under Guilbert.”
Newspaper reviews from throughout New England and upstate New York are printed on the back cover. A contemporary pencil annotation beneath the group portrait of The Eastern Girls announces a concert performance at an unspecified location: “Town Hall, Fri. Eve. Dec. 4, 1914. Admission 35¢.”
Description: The Eastern Girls [cover title].
[Boston and Syracuse: The Eastern-Empire Lyceum Bureau, c.1914]. pp. Illustrated Promotional Piece or Circular. 11 x 8 inches. Large single sheet folded once to form four pages. Well-illustrated with half-tones from photographs. Contemporary performance annotation in pencil at tail of cover. Some old, small paper mounting strips along fold line; general folds; mild handling and creases; very good.