Alice Atherton by Scholl Cabinet Card

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Excellent actress cabinet card by Scholl of Philadelphia. Alice Atherton (1854-1899) who seems to have been born in London, was one of the original members of the Lydia Thompson's Company, working with them from 1870 until 1877. After her years with the 'British Blondes' she frequently worked with her husband, Willie Edouin.

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.

$100  No. 3336
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