Blog Posts: Commentary and Images for Every Episode

Above: The cover of Christian DuComb's book Haunted City.  Below: Christian Ducomb has himself been a Mummer. He performed as a slice of pizza with the Vaudevillains Comic Club in the 2010 Mummers Parade. (Photo from an 2017 article i…

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Above, print of the Academy of Music in 1857 In a very early article about the Academy of Music from the late 1850s, a writer remarked that there was a general effort in Philadelphia to call it "The Broad Street Opera House." This would have fo…

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(Above, a British cartoon showing the O.P. riots in London in 1809. The point of view of the artist is decidedly opposed to the protests, as he shows working class roughnecks assaulting and robbing well-dressed toffs in the pit of the Grand National…

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Above, an illustration by white artist Charles Bird King of a War Dance, performed by a delegation of Native American Tribes to Washington DC. The illustration is the frontispiece of Volume One of McKenney's History of the Indian Tribes of North Ame…

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Above: An 1863 engraved advertising card for the Arch Street Theatre, with an illustration of the theater's new facade. Collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia   Below, an 1868 photograph of the Arch Street Theatre, taken from t…

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Here are some photos from the FIRST EVER Adventures in Theater History Walking Tour.I led a walking tour along the streets of Philadelphia on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021. We began at the corner of South and Front Streets in Old City Philadelphia, a…

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Above, print of Louisa Lane in Twelve Absolutely, 1828. (Collection of the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin)Below, an image of the silver medal that Edwin Forrest presented to little Louisa after she acted the role of his son in…

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Above, Fanny Kemble reads Shakespeare aloud at the St. James Theatre in London - from the Illustrated London News, August 10th, 1850. As we detail in the podcast episode, becoming a public 'reader' of Shakespeare's plays gave Fanny both an independe…

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Above, the three portraits of Fanny Kemble by painter Thomas Sully at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Sully was eventually to paint Kemble eleven different times, and also painted a portrait of her father Charles Kemble. The artist was kn…

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Above:  The residents of the Edwin Forrest Home for Actors, sitting in the front entrance hall on Parkway Avenue in West Philadelphia, 1960. The photo was taken by historian Richard Moody, for his book Edwin Forrest, First Star of the American …

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