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In 1903, the theater business was seen to be failing. This cartoon shows the many reasons for failure: the construction of mannequin models as stand-ins for actors, surrounded by scenes of price gouging, poorly attended performances, the use of wooden actors, indifference to customers and haughty attitudes by theater staff, and the resulting failure of business. Above the main scene are the ghosts of past actors labeled "Booth, Gilbert, Forrest, Cushman, [and] Wallack".
Ehrhart, S. D. (Samuel D.), ca. 1862-1937, artist
  • Cartoons (Commentary)--1900-1910.
  • Chromolithographs--Color--1900-1910.
  • Periodical illustrations--1900-1910.
  • 1 print : chromolithograph.
  • Title from item.
  • Illus. in: Puck, v. 54, no. 1398 (1903 December 16), centerfold.
  • Copyright 1903 by Keppler & Schwarzmann.


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