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    Civil War Era Theater. Five Large Boston Museum Playbills, 1862-1865. 1) 7.25" x 21.75" playbill for an [1862] appearance by the pantomime group Fox's Ravel Troupe, performing the ballet "The Coralcaves or-The Isle of Beauty" and the comic pantomime "Vol-Au-Vent." 2) 7.5" x 21.75" playbill for the August 11, 1862 appearance of Fox Ravel Troupe performing in two comic pantomimes "M. Dechalameau" and "Vol-Au-Vent," plus the ballet "La Maja de Sevilla." 3) 7.25 x 18.5" playbill for an [1863] appearance by Butler's Great Combination Troupe performing ballets, comic pantomimes, "Ethiopian" farces, gymnastics, burlesque operas, and banjo solos. 4) 7.5" x 21.5" playbill for a [1863] appearance of Butler's Great Combination Troupe. 5) 7.25" x 17.75" playbill of the July 8, 1865 appearance of Butler's Great Troupe performing the opera "Lucretia Boards Here," the ballet "Terpsichore," and the pantomime "Kim-Ka, or-The Adventures of an Aeronaut." The playbills were printed in Boston by F.A. Searle. The playbills have shadows of glue residue at the top and bottom corners without affecting text.

    Founded by Boston-born comic pantomime George Fox (1825-1877), the Fox Ravel Troupe was an American counterpart to the various popular European ravel groups that emerged in the mid-19th century. He and his troupe performed primarily in New York. Directed by Robert W. Butler, Butler's Great Combination Troupe presented variety and vaudeville shows beginning in the mid-1860s.

    The Boston Museum opened in 1841 and hosted a wax museum, a natural history museum, and an art museum in addition to theatrical performances. Numerous famous actors and actresses entertained audiences at the Boston Museum, including Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, William Warren, and Kate Reignolds.


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