a trip down memory lane

Jul 8th, 2008 | By | Category: Lead articles, Performances

vaudville Before it was pushed out onto the cold, hard streets, there was a thriving industry built around casual live entertainment. Vaudville was popular from the early 1880s until the 1930s, when it was pretty well replaced by cinema and phonograph.

Ironically, some of the best bits were saved using the technologies that were replacing it.

The U.S. library of congress has a nice collection (albeit a little difficult to navigate). The American Variety Stage is a multimedia anthology which includes 334 English- and Yiddish-language playscripts, 146 theater playbills and programs, 61 motion pictures, 10 sound recordings, 143 photographs and a bonus cache of 29 memorabilia items documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini.

And if you’re even slightly curious about what displaced vaudeville – here’s some archived footage that is bound to tickle your funny bone.

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