George W. and Frank Craig collection of vaudeville photographs, circa 1890s-circa 1945  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Craig, George W
Title
George W. and Frank Craig collection of vaudeville photographs
Dates
circa 1890s-circa 1945 (inclusive)
Quantity
78 photographs and 2 ephemera (1 box and 1 folder) ; sizes vary
Collection Number
PH1456
Summary
Photographs of vaudeville entertainers including the Hawthorne sisters, Davida and Mabel, Ilva Craig, the Jazzland naval Octette, Cora Youngblood Corson, Nina Payne, Ernest R. Ball, Lester Allen, the Ed Wynn Carnival and others.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Frank and George W. Craig were employed at The Detroit Opera House. George was a lighting director, and Frank was a stagehand who died when stage weights fell on him. George married the vaudeville ingenue Ilva Winder, whose mother was vaudeville actress Mabel W. Hawthorne. Mabel Hawthorne was brutally assaulted in San Francisco in 1938.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The first Detroit Opera House was built in the French Renaissance style in 1869, and the interior design was complete by Robert Hopkin, but it burned beyond repair on October 7, 1897, about an hour after the end of the performance A Lady of Quality . It is probable that Frank and George worked at the original Detroit Opera House which was torn down in 1966. It is believed the fire was caused by one of the calcium stage lights, which is the equivalent of today’s spot light. Happily, the building was insured, and a new building was built, on the same site. During the two years that the new theater was being built, performances were held at The Empire Theater. The Detroit Opera House re-opened in 1898. In 1931, The Detroit Opera House was converted into a discount store. This building was demolished in 1966.

In 1922, the building that is now known as The Detroit Opera House was built, but at that time it was called The Capitol Theater. It wasn’t until 1988 that the Michigan Opera Theater purchased the old Capital Theater building, and renamed it The Detroit Opera House. An extensive restoration and expansion project brought the new Detroit Opera House to the beautiful venue it is today.

Many of the productions performed at the original Detroit Opera House were vaudeville. It is thought that the term vaudeville was originally adopted from the French term voix de ville, and that the use of this term in America gave the performances a feeling of status. In reality, though, the American style of vaudeville, was a fairly polite variety show aimed at the middle class, including women and families. Ranging from legitimate theater to silly comedy, the vaudeville acts simply had to be fun, interesting, or entertaining as long as they were family friendly. Each vaudeville show had multiple acts, with the big names in the middle of the program. There were many vaudeville companies throughout America, and some were more concerned with propriety than others. Vaudeville was the fusion of old traditions and new styles. Class and racial boundaries were also mixed, and average men and women were the new audience. By the 1930s, radio shows and film were becoming more popular, signaling the decline of vaudeville as a main source of entertainment.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Frank and George W. Craig created this collection during the time they were employed at The Detroit Opera House. Includes photographs of vaudeville entertainers including the Hawthorne sisters, Davida and Mabel Hawthorne; Ilva Craig; the Jazzland Naval Octette, Cora Youngblood Corson, Nina Payne, Ernest R. Ball, Lester Allen, the Ed Wynn Carnival and others. A few of the photographs, some of which were addressed to the Craig's daughter Anita, appear to be of performers who may not have performed in vaudeville.

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Portraits of Vaudeville PerformersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1
 Belle Adair
Apeda Studios, N.Y (photographer)
In 1912, Belle Adair (born February, 1889) was performing in the Fascinating Widow with the well known female impersonator Julian Eltinge. Some of her later works include: Son (1914), Duty (1914) and Adventures in Diplomacy (1914).
Written on photo: To Frank Pauko! With good wishes always Yours sincerely Belle Adair With Julian Eltinge Season 1912-1913. Written on verso : Belle Adair Leading Lady to Julian Eltinge Season 191[illeg.].
1912-1913
1/1 2
 Lester Allan
Lester Allan (November 17, 1891-November 6, 1949) worked in vaudeville as well as in films.
Written on photo: To Anita Best Wishes always Lester Allan.
circa 1910s-1930s
1/1 3
 Minnie Allen
Minnie was known for her singing and impersonations.
Written on verso: Minnie Allen In AVaudeville Novelty.
circa 1917
1/1 4
 Ernest Roland Ball
Apeda, N.Y (photographer)
Ernest Ball (July 22, 1878-May 3, 1927) was well known as a composer of Irish songs such as When Irish Eyes are Smiling, as well as a formally trained pianist. He both sang and played piano accompaniment in vaudeville acts. He was married to Maude Lambert.
Written on photo: For Frank Yours truly Ernest R. Ball.
circa 1907-1927
Box
OS5 5
 Maude Lambert Ball
Apeda, N.Y (photographer)
Maude Lambert (September 26, 1882-December 20, 1942) was an actress who often performed in musical theater with her both husband Ernest Ballas and actor Eddie Foy.
Written on photo: To Frank - Yours Cordially Maud Lambert Ball. Written on verso: Maude Lambert of Lambert and Ball.
circa 1910s-1920s
Box/Folder
1/1 6
 Sonia Baraban and Charles C. Grohs
Baraban and Grohs were dancers, and are known for introducing the Reuben Fox-trot to the public,in 1914.
Written on photo: To Frank (a regular) from Chas Grohs Baraban & Grohs June 1920.
June 1920
1/1 7
 Lydia Barry
Hixon-Connelly, K.C., MO (photographer)
Lydia Barry (circa 1876-April 04, 1932) was know for her singing and comedy vaudeville acts. She performed both solo and in the team of Felix and Barry.
Written on photo: Best Wishes of Lydia Barry.
circa 1900-1932
1/1 8
 Edward A. Barto and Florence Clark
Morrison, Chicago, IL (photographer)
In addition to the scene in Columbia and Victor about a talking machine sales room, Barto and Clark were also known for the act Sixty Live on the Second Floor Back. Edward Barto (circa 1882-June 23, 1950).
Written on photo: Barto and Clark with sincere good wishes. Written on verso: Barto and Clark Present Columbia and Victor.
circa 1918
1/1 9
 John Barton
Lucas Studio, N.Y (photographer)
John Barton (October 12, 1898-November 30, 1978)
Written on photo: To Anita from your John Barton. Written on verso: John Barton as Jester Lester in the famous stage play Tobacco Road.
circa 1930s
1/1 10
 El Brendel
El Brendel (March 25, 1890-April 9, 1964) entered vaudeville in 1913 where he developed his signature good-natured Swedish character. He performed both in vaudeville and in films. He was married to Flo Bert.
Written on photo: To Anita, Wishing you happiness & success, El Brendel. Written on verso: El Brendel.
circa 1920s-1930s
1/2 11
Sammie Burns and Alice Fulton
Apeda, N.Y (photographer)
Burns and Fulton were known for their dance routines on the vaudeville circuit.
Written on photo: To Frank Pamko from Burns and Fulton with best wishes Jan. 1st, 1914.
January 1, 1914
Box
OS5 12
 Bessie Clayton, Eduardo Cansino and Elisa Cansino
Apeda, N.Y (photographer)
Bessie Clayton (circa 1888-July 16, 1948) was known for dancing, especially tap dancing en pointe. The Cansino siblings, also known for their dancing skills, emigrated from Spain in 1913. They worked with Fred and Adele Astaire. Eduardo Cansino (March 2, 1895-December 24, 1968) is the father of Rita Hayworth. Elise Cansino (March 23, 1896-January 28, 1990).
Written on photo: Feb 15, 1920 To Frank who really should be the electrocutioner at Sing Sing Yours Truly Bessie Clayton and To Frank un suguierdo de[illeg.] Elisa Cansino . Written on verso: Bessie Clayton and Cansinos.
February 15, 1920
OS5 13
 Claudia Coleman
Hixon-Connelly, K.C., MO (photographer)
Written on photo: "Frank, You're all so nice!! - Claudia Coleman"
circa 1910s-1920s
Box/Folder
1/2 14
 William Edward (Billy) Cotton
Apeda, N.Y (photographer)
Billy Cotton (May 1899-March 25, 1969) was a british dance band leader, drummer and vocalist. Known for Billy Cotton & His London Savannah Band and The Billy Cotton Band Show, which performed on both radio and television.
Written on photo: Humorously yours Billy Cotton all W[illeg.].
circa 1920s-1940s
1/2 15
 Ilva Craig
I. D. Jackson, Detroit, MI (photographer)
Ilva Craig (born circa 1889), daughter of vaudeville actress Mabel Hawthorne, was a Ziegfeld Follies showgirl and vaudeville ingenue. She married George Craig, the lighting director at the Detroit Opera House.
Written on photo: Yours with love Ilva. This photo is the front of a postcard.
circa 1910s-1930s
1/2 16
 Ilva Craig
Locke Clute, Detroit, MI (photographer)
Ilva Craig (born circa 1889), daughter of vaudeville actess Mabel Hawthorne, was a Ziegfeld Follies showgirl and vaudeville ingenue. She married George Craig, the lighting director at the Detroit Opera House.
circa 1910s-1930s
1/2 17
 Blanche Dayne
Davies, Portland, OR (photographer)
Blanche Dayne (December 25, 1871-June 27, 1944) was a top billed vaudeville actress married to Will M. Cressy. Cressy wrote many of the playlets Dayne performed in, such as Grasping An Opportunity, The Key of C, and The Wyoming Whoop.
Written on photo: Blanche Dayne.
circa 1900s-1920s
1/2 18
 James (Jim) Diamond and Sibyl Brennan
Known for their act Niftynonsense.
circa 1914
1/2 19
 Glenda Farrell
Glenda Farrell (June 30, 1904-May 1, 1971) acted on stage and in film from 1928-1969. She is best remembered for her character Torchy Blane.
Written on photo: To Anita-You must be a 'grand' little girl to have such a grand 'father' Love Glenda Farrell.
circa 1920s-1940s
1/2 20
 Hazel and Vivian Follis
Daguerre, Chicago, IL (photographer)
The Follis girls (not to be confused with the Follies Girls) were singers and eccentric dancers.
Written on photo: Dec 9-1919 To Mr. Frank Craig Sincerely Follis Girls. To a very pleasant stage manager. Written on verso: Hazel and Vivian Follis.
December 9, 1919
1/2 21
 Corine Frances and Tony Hunting
Baker Art Gallery (photographer)
Corinne Francis and Tony Hunting performed in many vaudeville acts such as Love Lozenges and The Flower Shop. As part of their comedy act, Corinne sang and played guitar, and Tony danced, often clogging. Along with Irene Franklin and Burt Green they were part of the Broadway Bunch, who toured in France during the weeks of the St. Mihiel offensive, and then took their vaudeville act to other cities in Europe. Corinne was the first American woman to sing The Star Sangled Banner in Germany after the war.
Written on photo: Feb. 1st 1920 To Frank - Our Very Best Wishes. Tony Hunting and Corinne Frances.
February 1, 1920
1/2 22
 Nan Gray
Berts, K.C (photographer)
Written on photo: To the stage boys [illeg.] Wishing them an [illeg.] has coming to them [illeg.] Nan Gray. Written on verso: Nan Gray The Scottish Lassie.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/3 23
 Evelyn Grieg
Alfred Oyer Hohen, N.Y (photographer)
Evelyn (born circa 1890) was a contralto singer who was known for the part of Rhoda Byke in the Broadway production of Oh, Boy!.
Written on photo: Cordially yours Evelyn Grieg with Charles King Co.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/3 24
 Emma Hagl
Apeda, N.Y (photographer)
circa 1910s-1920s
1/3 25
 Side view of Emma Hagl
Apeda, N.Y (photographer)
circa 1910s-1920s
1/3 26
 William Hallen and Ethel Hunter
Celebrity, Chicago, IL (photographer)
Ethel was an actress and violinist and William (circa 1886 - April 7, 1951) was a composer and comedian. This same photo is on the front of the sheet music Kaiser Bill.
Written on photo: To our enemy Frank I'll name one of the pigs after you. From Wm Hallen & Ethel Hunter March 17/20. Written on verso: WM Hallen & Ethel Hunter Just for Fun
March 17, 1920
1/3 27
 Loney Haskell
Apeda, N.Y (photographer)
Loney Haskell (1870-October 20, 1933) was a comedian, performer, writer, lyricist, and a master of ceremonies. He was also known for his many facial expressions. He delivered the eulogy at Houdini's funeral.
Written on photo: Remember me? 4th Liberty Loan Detroit=Big City [illeg.] Loney Haskell.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/3 28
 Probably Davida Hawthorne holding a bouquet of flowers.
Locke Clute, Detroit, MI (photographer)
Davida Hawthorne performed in vaudeville with her sister Mabel Hawthorne. Conflicting reports indicate she was born in May in either 1882 or 1885.
circa 1900s-1920s
1/3 29
 Probably Davida Hawthorne sitting with her hands around her knee.
Wright & Co., Detroit, MI (photographer)
Davida Hawthorne performed in vaudeville with her sister Mabel Hawthorne. Conflicting reports indicate she was born in May in either 1882 or 1885.
circa 1900s-1920s
1/3 30
  Davida (on left) and Mabel Hawthorne
Perle, Detroit, MI (photographer)
The Hawthorne sisters were known as The Dainty Comedians. Davida performed the serious parts, and Mabel performed as the soubrette (ingenue).
circa 1900s-1920s
1/3 31
 Davida (in the hat) and Mabel Hawthorne
Perle, Detroit, MI (photographer)
The Hawthorne sisters worked in stock theater for a variety of different companies. In this photograph, they are both wearing ballet slippers indicating they may have been dancers.
circa 1900s-1920s
1/3 32
 Davida (near the stuffed bear) and Mabel Hawthorne sitting on a carpet looking at a paper
Perle, Detroit, MI (photographer)
The Hawthorne sisters worked in stock theater for a variety of different companies.
circa 1900s-1920s
1/4 33
 Davida (on right) and Mabel Hawthorne
Rudolph's Studio, Chicago, IL (photographer)
The Hawthorne sisters worked in stock theater for a variety of different companies.
circa 1900s-1920s
1/4 34
 Davida (on left) and Mabel Hawthorne
Rudolph's Studio, Chicago, IL (photographer)
circa 1900s-1920s
1/4 35
 Mabel Hawthorne
Mabel Hawthorne (1880-1952) was an actress who often performed with her sister Davida. She also acted alone, such as in the part of Fanny Legrand in the controversial play Sapho and the character Evy in Wife and Maid performed by the Empire Stock Company. She also worked for the Franklin Stock Co. and the Nat Stock Co.
circa 1900s-1920s
1/4 36
 Mabel Hawthorne
The Academy, Cumberland, M.D (photographer)
Mabel Hawthorne (1880-1952) was an actress who often performed with her sister Davida. She was brutally beaten in her home on January 4th 1938 by David Matthews. Though she survived the incident, she did suffer brain damage from the attack.
Written on photo: Mabel Hawthorne. Written on verso: I love mamma. My Girlie Girl from Mamma.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/4 37
 Clara Howard
Davies, Portland, OR (photographer)
Clara Howard was a singer and storyteller. She also impersonated Charley Chaplin.
Written on photo: To Frank "Mr. Craig" A wonderful week, always pleasantly remembered [illeg.] by a "regular bunch Sincerely Clara Howard March 6, 1920.
March 6, 1920
Box
OS5 38
 Frank Hurst
Apeda, N.Y (photographer)
Frank Hurst was a singer who worked with Lucille Cavanagh. He also performed with Eddie Vogt in Profiteering in Fun, and recorded a Vitaphone reel with him. He worked with El Brendel in May West's The Mimic World of 1921. There is also a Frank Hurst that was the manager of the Waterloo Theater. It is unknown whether they were the same person.
circa 1910s-1920s
Box/Folder
1/4 39
 Jack Inglis
Lumiere, N.Y (photographer)
Jack Inglis started out as a straight man in vaudeville, but became a comedian. He worked with James Duffy in comedy and patter. He was also known for his hat acts, including one in which he tore up straw hats. He played the Property Man in Buzzin’ Around, and he recorded Dollar Down on Vitaphone.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/4 40
 Jazzland Naval Octette
White Studio, Boston, MA (photographer)
Jazzland Naval Octette was directed by Tom Deveney. It featured Eddie Howett, and consisted of eight men who served overseas with the Atlantic Squadron.
Written on photo: Best wishs from the Jazzland Naval 8. Written on verso: Jazzland Naval Octette.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/4 41
 The Musical Johnstons (Jim Johnston and Albert Johnston)
Apeda, N.Y (photographer)
The Musical Johnstons were xylophone players.
This composite was originally two separate pictures that were cut and glued onto one single mat. On the left, Written on photo: To Frank from Jim Johnston 1920 To one of the good one To Frank from Albert. Musical Johnstons.
1920
1/5 42
 Guy Kibbee
Bert Longworth. Hollywood, CA (photographer)
Guy Kibbee (March 6, 1882 [some sources say 1886] - May 24, 1956) was an American stage actor playing mostly small parts. He was eventually cast by Arthur Hopkins in Torch Song, and became a star. He spent the majority of the rest of his career as a film actor. He was known for playing goofballs and patriarchs.
Written on photo: To My Good Pal George Craig from J Guy Kibbee.
circa 1930s-1940s
Box
OS5 43
 Harry King
Hixon-Connelly, K.C., MO (photographer)
Harry King (1881-April 6, 1965), together with Fritz Baumgartel, were known as the Gartelle Brothers. They had a comic roller skating act called either Skatorialism or Skatorial Rollerism. Harry later became a picture and sound operator in a theater.
Written on photo: April 20, 20 To Frank With Best Wishes Harry King.
April 20, 1920
Box/Folder
1/5 44
 Hildegarde Knef
Maurice Seymour, Chicago, IL (photographer)
Hildegard Knef (December 28, 1925-February 1, 2002) was a German film and stage actress, singer, and song writer.
Written on photo: To Fred - with my good wishes Hildegarde.
circa 1940s-1950s
1/5 45
 Grace La Rue
Strausse-Peyton Studio, K.C., MO (photographer)
Grace La Rue (April 23, 1882-March 13, 1956) was an American actress and singer. She got her start on doing tent shows and burlesque and worked her way into vaudeville working with the group she called her Inky Dinks. She soon got a role in The Blue Moon and then moved on to the Zeigfeld Follies. She performed on Broadway and in Europe, which led to a 1929 Vitaphone short, a part in a show with Mae West and work in the film That's Good. She retired in the early 1930s.
Written on photo: To the Boys Sincerely Grace La Rue.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/5 46
 Nate Leipzig
Pack, N.Y (photographer)
Nate Leipzig (May 31, 1873-1939) was born in Sweden, but came to America when he was about ten years old. He was a sleight of hand magician. He was said to have invented the coin roll; rolling the coin across the back of the fingers as well as the palm side of the fingers. He was also known for manipulations with thimbles, knives, canes, and other everyday objects. He performed many card tricks, such as Rising Cards. He became as popular in Europe as in America, and often performed for royalty.
Written on photo: With Best wishes to Frank Craig Magically Yours Nate Leipzig.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/5 47
 Virginia Lewis and Mary White
Mehrn (photographer)
Virginia Lewis and Mary White were high-class harmony singers.
Written on photo: With best wishes to Frank Craige - a good natured stage mana[ger] Lewis & White.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/5 48
 Alice Lloyd
Pack, N.Y (photographer)
Alice Lloyd (1873-1949) was one born into a family of performers in Britain. She formed an act with her sister Grace for a time, but when Grace retired, Alice became a solo singer. Her act included multiple costume changes. She became very popular in the America. She was more genteel than her sister Marie, which eventually led to her being billed as The Ideal Dainty Chanteuse.
Written on photo: Best of wishes to Frank Craig Alice Lloyd 1919
1919
1/5 49
 Nonette Lyle in gypsy costume playing violin
Sykes, Chicago, IL (photographer)
Nonette was an American born performer known for being an accomplished violinist and singer. At one time, she was the youngest solo violinist to appear with the New York Festival orchestra.
Written on photo: To Frank with every good wish and thanks for his many courtesies Nonette.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/5 50
 Betty Morgan
Lumiere, N.Y (photographer)
Bettie and Jim Morgan were singers, and composers of such well-known songs as Don't Bite the Hand That's Feeding You and Cleopatra Had a Jazz Band. They performed Songs and Music Somewhat Different with their Collegiate Orchestra. They recorded Songs As You Like Them with Vitaphone. Betty recorded two songs on the jazz record Bring On the Girls (1926-1930).
circa 1910s-1920s
1/5 51
 Jim Morgan
Lumiere, N.Y (photographer)
Jim and Bettie Morgan were singers and composers of such well-known songs as Don't Bite the Hand That's Feeding You and Cleopatra Had a Jazz Band. They performed Songs and Music Somewhat Different with their Collegiate Orchestra. They recorded Songs As You Like Them with Vitaphone.
Written on verso: Jim of Jim & Betty Morgan.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/6 52
 Possibly the Murray Sisters
White, N.Y (photographer)
The Murray sisters, Marion and Victoria, were operatic singers and comedians who played the Orpheum circuit. In 1909 one of their popular songs was I'm Tired of Being a Gibson Girl. In 1910, Marion appeared in the comedy The Prima Donna's Honeymoon. Marion Murray became engaged to Joseph Ghiradelli in February of 1909.
Written on verso: [M]urray Sisters. Nov. 24th. There were multiple acts called the Murray sisters. However, based on their outfits, it is probable that these women were the operatic singers and comedians, Marion and Victoria.
circa 1900s-1920s
1/6 53
 Mlle Nadje
Mlle. Nadje (Cecilie Bownden) (1885-1966), was born to John and Rose Bowden, of the Delevanti Troupe (wire-walkers, acrobats and equestrians) in England. She began performing in the United States when she was fifteen. She is known for her abilities in acrobatics, physical culture, and hand balancing. She performed in many countries, including a performance for the queen of England.
Written on photo: Mdlle. Nadje.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/6 54
 Clarence Oliver
Hartsook Photo S.F. - L.A. (San Francisco - Los Angeles), CA (photographer)
Clarence Oliver was from Kansas City, MO, and performed with Georgia Olp. They originally performed together in William A. Brady’s vaudeville troupe, but eventually left the troupe and created their own playlets, such as Wire Collect,The Bee Hive,The Wall Between and Discontent.
Written on photo: To the Boys Yours Very Truly - Clarence Oliver.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/6 55
 Georgie Olp
Apeda, N.Y (photographer)
Georgie Olp performed with Clarence Oliver. They originally performed together in William A. Brady’s vaudeville troupe, but eventually left the troupe and created their own playlets, such as Wire Collect,The Bee Hive,The Wall Between and Discontent.
Written on photo: Sincerely Georgie Olp Written on verso: Georgie Olp - Oliver & Olp.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/6 56
 Marguerita Padula
White Studio, Boston, MA (photographer)
Marguerita Padula (January 1, 1891-February 22, 1957) performed both on stage and in motion pictures. Her forte was character acting and singing. Her performance of the song Halleluiah Hit the Deck (the 1930 version) was particularly well accepted.
Written on photo: Very best regards Marguerita Padula. Written on verso: Marguerita Padula in *Song Study of Boys*.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/6 57
 Nina Payne
Apeda, N.Y (photographer)
Nina Payne was born November 15, 1890. She lived in Seattle, Washington as a child. She became well known for her dancing act called Character Studies in Dance. She was also well known for her large hats and odd costumes. She toured the United States and Europe, living for a time in Paris, France. She was also known for her work with the Arnold Jazz Band and Folies Bergere. She retired from the stage in the 1930s.
Written on photo: To my Detroit Friends with Best Wishes, Nina Payne. Written on verso: Miss Nina Payne.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/6 58
 Benton Ressler
Apeda, N.Y (photographer)
Benton Ressler composed the one act musical play Oh!! Mary!! in 1920. He was a support actor to Mrs. Gene Hughes in multiple plays including When He Came Back. Sometimes he is billed under the name Benton Ressler & Co.
Written on photo: To Frank Craig with all good wishes Benton Ressler Mom's Son. Written on verso: Benton Ressler with Mrs Gene H[ughes]
circa 1910s-1920s
1/7 59
 Chester Spencer
Hartsook Photo S.F.- L.A. (San Francisco - Los Angeles), CA (photographer)
Chester Spencer was married to and worked with Lola Williams. One of their popular hits was Putting it Over, a comedy singing and dancing act.
Written on verso: Chester Spencer Spencer & Williams Direction Max Hart Palace Theatre Bldg. New York. The photograph is on the back of a business card.
circa 1910s-1920s
Box
OS5 60
 Jerry Swinford and the U. S. Glee Club
Apeda, N.Y (photographer)
Prior to WWI, Jerry Swinford was a well-known, successful, baritone singer who was well known across the United States. During WWI, he conducted and performed in the Glee Club, which he organized during his time in the Navy.
Written on photo: To Frank and the other "Boys" with every evidence of regard Jerry Swinford. Written on verso: U.S. Glee Club.
circa 1914-1919
Box/Folder
1/7 61
 Julia Marlowe Taber
Thors, San Francisco, CA (photographer)
Julia Marlowe Taber (August 17, circa 1865-November 12, 1950) was born Britain, and immigrated to America with her parents in 1870. She started her stage career in 1879 as Fanny Brough. In the early 1900s she had two major triumphs, one in the playBarbara Frietchie and the other as Mary Tudor in When Knighthood was in Flower. She later continued her impersonations of various characters in William Shakespeare plays. She retired in 1924.
Written on photo: Julia Marlowe Taber
circa 1900s-1920s
1/7 62
 Transfield Sisters
Celebrity, Chicago, IL (photographer)
The Transfield sisters were singers and musicians who played multiple instruments including the xylophone, mandolin, guitars, and French horn. They also played music on bottles.
Written on photo: Best Wishes Sincerely Yours The Transfield Sis Oct 30th 1919. Written on verso: Transfield sister
October 30, 1919
1/7 63
 Marguerite Werner
Bachrach (photographer)
Marguerite Werner was known for playing the Mighty Wurlitzer Publix 1 Pipe Organ.
Written on photo: To Frank - a reminder of the good old "Madison" days,school, xmas trees 'n' ev'ry-body happy. Sincerely Marguerite Werner 10-15-26.
October 15, 1926
1/7 64
 Lola Williams
Hartsook Photo S.F. - L.A. (San Francisco - Los Angeles), CA (photographer)
Lola Williams was married to and worked with Chester Spencer. One of their popular hits was Putting it Over, a comedy singing and dancing act.
Written on verso: Lola Williams Spencer & Williams Direction Max Hart Palace Theatre Bldg. New York. The photograph is on the back of a business card.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/7 65
 Frankie Wilson
Apeda, N.Y (photographer)
Frankie Wilson was known for her act Modern Mirage, which was an illuminated posing act that included patriotic effects, portions of which were patterned after the poster The Spirit of 1917.
Written on photo: To Frank, a big "Peach" & the boys, Your Pal, Franki Wilson "The Star"???? Written on verso: Modern Mirage Frankie Wilson.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/7 66
 Cora Youngblood Corson
Otto Sarony Co., N.Y (photographer)
Cora Youngblood Corson (January 1886-circa 1917) was a featured soloist who started as a coronet player, but eventually increased her repertoire to include the French horn, saxophone, harp, trombone, cello, bagpipes and accordion. She formed the band Cora Youngblood Corson Sextette with friends from Oklahoma. They toured in the United States and Europe. She was a soloist at several presidential inaugurations. She was married to Charles Corson from 1904-1921, at which time they divorced. She later married Frank Barsanti.
Written on photo: With Best Wishes Cora Youngblood Corson 4-11-20. Written on verso: Cora Youngblood Corson June 1st to Oct. 6th 1920 Anadarko, Okla.
1920
Unidentified Vaudeville Performers
Box/Folder item
1/8 67
 Actor named Roy
Written on photo: To "Walter" A real fellow & Pal, wishing you loads of luck Roy.
circa 1910s-1930s
1/8 68
 Two women, probably dancers and possibly associated with the Blue Devils of Music.
Written on photo: Sincerely [illeg.] Baugan[illeg.] Blue Devils [illeg.] of Music 191[illeg.].
circa 1910s-1920s
1/8 69
 Photo collage with six female heads surrounding one male head
The photos in this collage were cut out and pasted on cardboard.
circa 1910s-1920s
1/8 70 circa 1900s-1930s
1/8 71
 Portrait of a dark haired woman in a dress
Murray Korman, N.Y (photographer)
circa 1930s-1940s

Vaudeville PerformancesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
OS5 72 circa 1880s-1900s
Box/Folder
1/8 73 circa 1900s-1920s
Ed Wynn's Carnival
Box item
OS5 74
 The Japanese scene in The Ed Wynn Carnival .
White Studio, N.Y (photographer)
The Ed Wynn Carnival was a musical revue that opened on Broadway on April 5, 1920 and ran through August 14, 1920.
Written on verso: Japanese Scene in The Ed Wynn Carnival .
1920
OS5 75
 The Mardi-Gras scene in Ed Wynn's Carnival .
White Studio, N.Y (photographer)
The Ed Wynn Carnival was a musical revue that opened on Broadway on April 5, 1920 and ran through August 14, 1920.
Written on verso: The Mardi-Gras Scene in The Ed Wynn Carnival Grand Oct 31.
1920
OS5 76
 Some of the Maidens Fair in Ed Wynn's Carnival .
White Studio, N.Y (photographer)
The Ed Wynn Carnival was a musical revue that opened on Broadway on April 5, 1920 and ran through August 14, 1920.
Written on verso: Some of the Maidens Fair in The Ed Wynn Carnival Grand Oct 31.
1920
OS5 77
 A line of women in costume who were probably part of the cast of The Ed Wynn Carnival
White Studio, N.Y (photographer)
The Ed Wynn Carnival was a musical revue that opened on Broadway on April 5, 1920 and ran through August 14, 1920.
1920
OS5 78
 A large group of men and women in fancy dress on a stage set which is probably part of The Ed Wynn Carnival
White Studio, N.Y (photographer)
Ed Wynn's Carnival was a musical revue that opened on Broadway on April 5, 1920 and ran through August 14, 1920.
1920

EphemeraReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/9 79a-b
 Program for Sapho at the Bijou theater
Mabel Hawthorne played Fanny LeGrande - Sapho
April 1910
1/9 80
 Reproduction of photograph of Mabel Hawthorne for Seattle theater with a poem.
Written on verso: My dear With love from her old [illeg.]m Mabel (Bob). Mabel Hawthorne's poem Twilight is typed on the inside of this program folder.
circa 1907

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Actors--Michigan--Detroit--Photographs
  • Vaudeville--Michigan--Detroit--Photographs
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Personal Names :
  • Craig, Frank--Archives
  • Craig, George W.--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Detroit Opera House--Employees--Photographs
  • Detroit Opera House--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Craig, Frank (creator)