Happy New Year. Season of 1882…Elocutionist and Dramatic Reader, John M. Stephen…awarded the Gold Medal…at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, June 14th, 1881. [caption title of circular]
Promotional circular for teacher of elocution and public dramatic reader and entertainer, John M. Stephen of Reading, Pennsylvania. Stephen was a graduate of Philadelphia’s National School of Elocution and Oratory and was the 1881 winner of a gold medal at a contest held at that city’s Academy of Music.
The circular announces that Stephen was “now arranging for [the] coming season” of 1882 and includes 13 testimonials and press notices including three from teachers of voice culture, articulation, or recitation and gesture at the National School of Elocution and Oratory.
Stephens’ previous programs included a readings of “The Dukite Snake” and P.S. Gilmore’s poem “Columbia,” the addresses “Spartacus to the Gladiators at Capua” and “Rum’s Maniac,” and selections from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Richard III.
Description: Happy New Year. Season of 1882…Elocutionist and Dramatic Reader, John M. Stephen…awarded the Gold Medal…at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, June 14th, 1881. [caption title of circular]
[Reading, Pennsylvania]: News Print, 1881]. pp. Circular. 7½ x 5 inches. Bifolium. Decorative typography and border on upper cover. Faint creasing and light stains; very good.