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    Civil War Era Theater. Thirteen Boston Museum Playbills, 1862. 1) 4.75" x 17.5" playbill for the April 14, 1862 appearance of J. B. Roberts as Mephistopheles in "Faust and Marguerite." 2) 4.75" x 17.25" playbill for the April 30, 1862 stock company performances of "The Wandering Boys," "The Spectre Bridegroom," and "Parents and Guardians." 3) 4.75" x 13.5" playbill for the May 2, 1862 stock company performances of "Brian Boroihme" and "Hopeless Passion." 4) 4.75" x 13.25" playbill for the May 30, 1862 stock company performances of "The Miller's Maid" and "The Daughter of the Regiment." 5) 4 4/8 x 10.75" playbill for the June 11, 1862 appearance of Charlotte Thompson performance as Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet," with Kate Reignolds playing Romeo. 6) 4.75" x 13" playbill for the September 1-2, 1862 stock company performances of the comedies "Aunt Charlotte's Maid," and "Down South or The Steel Cage." 7) 5" x 13.5" playbill for the September 16, 1862 stock company performance of "Abel Drake's Wife" and the comedy "Fitzsmythe of Fitzsmyhte Hall." 8) 4. 7/8" x 17" playbill for the October 6, 1862 stock company performance of the "New Sensational Drama" entitled "Jeannette or, Le Cretin de la Montagne." 9) 5" x 13.25" playbill for the November 10-11 stock company performances of "Marrying for Money" and the comedy "Poodle vs. St. Bernard." 10) 4.75" x 13" playbill for the November 12, 1862 stock company performance of the comedy "I Dine with My Mother" and "The Mysterious Stanger." 11) 4.75" x 13.25" playbill for the November 21, 1862 stock company performance of the comedies "Speed the Plough or-The Farmer's Glory" and "Brother Bill and Me." 12) 4 7/8" x 13.25" playbill for the November 25, 1862 stock company performance of the "New Spectacular Play entitled "Magnolia the Planter's Daughter." 13) 5" x 13.25" playbill for the December 30-31, 1862 stock company performances of "Crossing the Quicksands" and the comedy, "The Glorious Minority." The play bills were printed in Boston by F.A. Searle. Playbill #1 has several horizontal folds, with the fold on the bottom quarter torn and repaired with scotch tape on the reverse side, with some effect on text; playbill #4 has a few smudges that do not affect text; playbill #5 has been cropped at the bottom and missing some text; playbill #6, #8, #9, #11, #12, and #13 have residue of glue at the top and bottom corners that does not affect text; playbill #7 has two slight tears on the right hand edge which that does not affect text; and playbill #13 is wrinkled and has a small hole at the bottom with minor effect on text. Playbill #1 has several horizontal folds, with the fold on the bottom quarter torn and repaired with scotch tape on the reverse side, with some effect on text; playbill #4 has a few smudges that do not affect text; playbill #5 has been cropped at the bottom and missing some text; playbill #6, #8, #9, #11, #12, and #13 have residue of glue at the top and bottom corners that does not affect text; playbill #7 has two slight tears on the right hand edge which that does not affect text; and playbill #13 is wrinkled and has a small hole at the bottom with minor effect on text.

    James Booth Roberts (1818-1901) was an American actor whose stage debut was in Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, playing aside Junius Booth's starring in "Richard III." Roberts was well known as a tragedian. Charlotte Thompson was an American actress who made her first theatrical performance in New York City in 1854 and toured the major American cities during her career.

    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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