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    Civil War Era Theater. Three Large Playbills, 1862-1863. 1) 10" x 28.75" playbill for the October 16, 1862 appearance of Buckley's Serenaders Brass Band and Ethiopian Burlesque Opera Troupe, featuring Miss Julia Gould, at Allston Hall, Boston. The playbill was printed in Boston by J.H. & F.F. Farwell. 2) 6" x 22.25" playbill for the March 20, 1863 stock company performance of "Money" at Wallack's in New York City. 3) 9" x 24" playbill for the [September 1863] show featuring the "Remarkable Optical Phenomenon" entitled "The Ghost," and the performance of the ballet "La Fleur de Lis," and the "New Plantation Revel" entitled "We are Coming Father Abraham" at the American Theatre in New York City. Playbill #1 has two horizontal folds and shadows of glue residue at the top bottom corners and at both edges at the middle, without affecting text. Playbill #2 has four light horizontal folds, with a slight tear at the left edge of the middle fold, and a small piece missing from the bottom left-hand corner, in addition to shadows of glue residue at the top and bottom corners. Text is not affected. Playbill #3 has two horizontal fold and appears to have a light vertical fold, with slight chips and tears along both sides. The playbill does show shadows of glue residue at the top and bottom corners and at the middle edges.

    Buckley's Serenaders, originally the New Orleans Minstrels, were a popular blackface minstrel group that traveled in Europe and the principal cities in the United States. They were one of the most popular minstrel groups in the country during the 1850s and 1860s. Buckley's sang, danced, performed banjo solos, and featured burlesque operas. Allston Hall was located on Tremont Street across from the Park Street Church during the late 1850s and early 1860s. It was later known as the Tremont Theatre under several managers. Wallack's Theatre in New York City was under the management of a company of actors led by Anglo-American James W. Wallack (circa 1794-1864) and his son Lester Wallack (1820-1888). Wallack's operated in three locations during the years under James and Lester. During the time of this playbill, Wallack's was located at 844 Broadway and 13th Street. From the 1850s to the 1880s, the Wallacks managed one of the premier acting companies in the United States. The American Theatre, located at 444 Broadway in New York City, opened in 1854 and was demolished in 1866. The "New Plantation Revel" mentioned in the playbill #3 was probably an adaptation for the popular 1862 Union song "We are Coming Father Abraham," with lyrics written by James S. Gibbons and music by several different composers, including Stephen Foster. The lyrics and the music came in response to President Lincoln's call for volunteers in June of 1862.


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