Collection of Broadside Playbills from the Paris Hill Academy in Paris, Maine, 1864-1894. THEATER MAINE.

Collection of Broadside Playbills from the Paris Hill Academy in Paris, Maine, 1864-1894

Collection of 40 playbills dating from 1864-1894. Various colors and sizes, with the largest 8 x 14 inches and the smallest 3.25 x 7 inches. Some with chipping to the edges, overall very good. Paris Hill Academy was a school founded and constructed by the citizens of Paris, Maine in 1856-57. By the early 1860s it was home to the Paris Hill Thespian Club, which performed popular dramas and hosted musical performances and lectures. The Unity Club took over in the 1870's and continued the tradition, producing comedies, operettas and organized socials through the 1890s. This collection includes playbills for performances of the burlesque William Tell, With A Vengeance; Cinderella (billed as a "Fairy Extravaganza"); Sleeping Beauty; Our Mutual Friend; She Stoops to Conquer, and many others, often followed by cake and ice cream and a promenade with dancing. On February 22, 1883, the group held an "Antiquarian Supper" to celebrate Washington's Birthday (and as a fundraiser). The 25-cent admission fee included supper and a performance of the drama One Hundred Years Ago. In all, an interesting and visually appealing record of American popular entertainment in the late nineteenth century.

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