Cabinet Card of Actress Sadie Martinot

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Excllent cabinet card of Sadie Martinot by Hastings of Boston, Massachusetts.

Sadie Martinot ( 1862-1923) was born in Jamacia and at some point in her youth moved with her parents to the Middle East, at the age of eleven she performed on stage in Algiers, and later at the Khedivial theatre in Cairo. Later in Marseille she sang in operetta, besides acting in Ruy Blas. Her Paris debut was in La Chaste Suzanne at the Palais Royal, and she was again heard in operetta at the Renaissance. In 1883 she had a great success at the Gymnase in Le Maitre de forges. In 1884 she married Victor Koning (1842-1894), the manager of that theatre, but divorced him in 1887. In 1888 she toured America with Coquelin, and on her return helped to give success to Lavedan's Prince d'Aurec, at the Vaudeville. Her reputation as one of the leading actresses of the day was now established not only in France but in America and England. Her later repertoire included Le Demi-monde, Capus's La Châtelaine, Charles Maurice Donnay's Retour de Jerusalem, La Princesse Georges by Dumas fils, and Émile Bergerat's Plus que reine.

From the Taggart Collection. This wonderful collection celebrating the world of 19th century Theatre, Opera and Ballet was compiled by brothers Harry and William Taggart of Philadelphia in the last quarter of the 1800s. Though the collection consists mainly of cabinet cards (125+), some autographed, there are also several letters, advertising cards, commemorative programs and homemade items all pertaining to the Philadelphia and Broadway theatre. The brothers were the Editors and Publishers of Taggarts' Sunday Times which had offices at 819 Walnut Street in that city. On the masthead of the paper they billed themselves as, John H. Taggart's Sons. John was apparently a prominent correspondent with the Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1860s.

Performers who appeared at The Walnut Street Theatre, America's oldest theatre still in operation, appear throughout the collection, not a surprising fact given that the offices of Taggarts' Sunday Times was located on the same block. I've wondered if this collection would have even existed if the Sunday Times' office had been, say, on the 200 block of Walnut Street.

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