Maud Jeffries and Wilson Barrett in 'The Sign of the Cross'
Maud Jeffries (1869-1946) as "Mercia" and Wilson Barrett (1846-1904) as "Marcus" in "The Sign of the Cross" an 1895 four-act historical tragedy, by Barrett and popular for several decades. Barrett said its Christian theme was his attempt to bridge the gap between Church and Stage. Marcus: "Is it her Faith makes her so beautiful? Or doth she beautify her faith? I would give much to know." Date: 1895
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A 2000 dinner party at the Savoy, 1910
The winter garden of the Savoy Hotel converted into a realistic representation of the North Pole when Mr George A. Kessler, the New York millionaire (seen on the right, standing) gave a banquet to rival his much-talked-of gondola dinner of four years previously (see picture numbers 11017490 and 10469569). The cost of the banquet was stated to be over 2000 or nearly 60 a head. Picture shows guests seated amid the icebergs whereas the poor waiters were dressed as eskimos! Date: 1910
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Strip tease card game - Prudie suit - Prohibitionist
Strip tease card game - Prudie suit - Prohibitionist. A game which features characters involved in performing (and subsequently prosecuting and defending) a striptease. The complex rules allow for two variants of the game, providing for prosecution of the person (or theatre) presenting the striptease.
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