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VAUDEVILLE---MUSEUM OR INFO?

VAUDEVILLE---MUSEUM OR INFO?

Edith Gardiner (View posts)
Posted: 24 Jul 2003 2:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: GARDINER-SMITH-GRICE-COOPER
My grandfather, Harvey GARDINER, was for a time in Vaudeville in the East as an actor or musician. I wondered if there is any place which keeps info, records, or playbills, on the people who performed and traveled with these groups.
Harvey traveled mainly in the Pennsylvania circuit and I would of course love to have or see something concerning his group.
Edith

Re: VAUDEVILLE---MUSEUM OR INFO?

Posted: 26 Jul 2003 1:25AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Barry, Rochon, Richards
If he played in NYC, the theater collection of the NY Public Library may have newspaper clippings. If so, they will provide copies. Also, if you have the patience, go to the eBay auction site and regularly search on his name---put it in quotes and be sure to call for a search that looks at both the item title AND the item description. He is unlikely to appear in an item title which will probably be something like "Vaudeville Playbill". However, the description of the item may include the names of the performers. I had fairly good success at eBay, even found a cabinet photo of the act I was interested in. However, I haven't used their search engine for some time and it's probably different now so you'll have to check out how to get it to do the equivalent of what I suggested. Of course, you then have to win the bidding process. Alternatively, most items are pictured and you can simply print out the picture. Good luck. Jim

Re: VAUDEVILLE---MUSEUM OR INFO?

Posted: 26 Jul 2003 2:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
In my earlier response, I should also have suggested writing to the theater collection librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia. They may have clippings or information of interest to you. Jim

Re: VAUDEVILLE---MUSEUM OR INFO?

Edith Gardiner (View posts)
Posted: 26 Jul 2003 6:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: GARDINER-GRICE-SMITH-COOPER-BLOWER
Thanks James for your suggestions. Will try them.
Edith

Re: VAUDEVILLE---MUSEUM OR INFO?

Posted: 26 Aug 2003 2:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 10 Jun 2005 11:51PM GMT
Surnames: Gibney, Bicknell
My great grandfather & his daughter were both in vaudeville. I had no idea how many places they had 'played' until I did a newspaper search. At that time I had a subscription to Ancestry's historical newspapers - but there are other sources. I even found some info doing a sort of random Google search.

If you know the company, the circuit they played, the name of their gig (the play, the song, the act, etc) you may be able to find leads even if their name is not mentioned. I found a lot of ads for my grandfather, his wife, my g-aunt - even though there were very few with real details (like in a review) there was some info. I knew where they were, when, their act and sometimes a reference to previous visits.

Re: VAUDEVILLE---MUSEUM OR INFO?

Posted: 1 Nov 2004 4:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Edith,

I see that you have the Cooper Sur-Name is your family.

I wonder if we have one in common.

My paternal Granduncle, ALBERT BRAY b. January 25, 1869
married (1) CARRIE COOPER b. ?, Chicago, Illinois d. 1948 in California. ( The births and deaths are from her granddaughter Adell Snatchell so I do not know if they are precise)

CARRIE COOPER ran away with JACK GORDON, a vaudville comic. She wanted to be a star.

Albert Bray was left with small child ESTELLE BRAY- b. 1893-1982 Estelle married Ory Huckins

Adelle remembers that Carrie Cooper had two siblings, Dave and Stella, but she does not know the parents names.

ALBERT BRAY, then remarried MARY ELIZABETH SCHRADER (Mame) 1880-1936, she died in California, on vacation. Albert and Mame were married in 1925 so Jack and Carrie left before that date.

Do you have anything on a Carrie Cooper?

Re: VAUDEVILLE---MUSEUM OR INFO?

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 11:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
carrie (known as "Dainty" carrie cooper went on to marry al k. hall, the baggy-pants vaudeville hit.
together they had three children, al jr, roy edwin, and eileen

Re: VAUDEVILLE---MUSEUM OR INFO?

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 5:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello,

Thanks so very much. I have photos of Carrie and her first husband, Will Bray if you are interested. They are taken at a Theatre, I presume it would be Vaulville.

Re: VAUDEVILLE---MUSEUM OR INFO?

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 5:56AM GMT
Classification: Query
that would be wonderful. carrie is my wife's grandmother. we are JUST NOW finding out about that side of her family (she learned she had a brother and met him at 54 years old.
i am unsure how to share photos.
any info you have on their children would be grealy appreciated also - as these would be my wife's cousins.

thanx

Re: VAUDEVILLE---MUSEUM OR INFO?

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 6:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
is it albert bray, or william bray? or william albert bray ... etc?
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