Maude Branscombe by Mora CDV

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CDV of Actress Maud Branscombe, by highly noted New York photographer of the famous, particularly Broadway figures, Jose M. Mora. Identified mount recto with Mora's logo. It is a close shot with an interesting hat and effective studio lighting.

From online footlight notes: 'The Gascon [; or, Love and Loyalty], concerning which much evil report went forth after the initial performance [Olympic, 21 February 1876], is securing the success which we predicted for it, large audiences nightly assembling to enjoy and to applaud Mr Henry Neville's capital interpretation of the principal part. The drama is now preceded by that bright little comedietta called 'Twas I. The piece, which its unpretending little story wedded to some very sprightly music, was it may be remembered, presented some time ago as an operetta at the Gaiety; and at the Olympic it seems likely to create general interest and to secure general approval. Pretty Miss Maude Branscombe [sic] now represents Georgette, the village damsel, who is a candidate for the floral crown to be presented to the fair one who has been chary of her favours, and who has never given a kiss to anybody of the opposite sex, even during the period of courtship, and very charmingly does she play the part. Miss Branscombe's personal attractions have hitherto been her passport to public favour, and we were pleased to find that, intrusted with such a part as this, she was capable of doing it full justice. Mrs ['Granny'] Stephens was Mother Mag, that talkative, meddlesome busybody whose determination to stir up strife and to promote discord ends in her being drummed out of the village. Mr Lytton Sothern made a good representative of Dolorme, the young farmer whose admiration for his pretty cousin so nearly loses her the prize desired; and Mr Albert Bernard proved highly diverting as Marcel, the country lad and Georgette's lover, who, in the words ''Twas I.' takes upon himself the burden of many sins not his own. The remaining parts were supported by Messrs Winstanley and St. Alban; Miss Hope, Miss Beaumont, &c.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 12 March 1876, p.10a)

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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