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9k057 SWEET INNISCARRA 20x30 stage poster 1897 starring Chancey Olcott, The Irish Comedian!

Date Sold 8/25/2016
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An Original Vintage Unfolded Stage Play Poster (measures 19 3/4" x 29 3/4" [50 x 76 cm]) (Learn More)

Sweet Inniscarra, the 1897 Augustus Pitou musical comedy stage play production starring Chancey Olcott ("The Irish Comedian"), Paul Gilmore, Daniel Gilfether, Charles Riegel, and W.J. Bean. Note that Chauncey Olcott was born in New York in 1858 to parents from County Cork, Ireland. He performed in minstrel shows as a young man and then went to London to study singing. He returned to New York, where Lillian Russell helped him become a Broadway star. Producer Augustus Pitou approached him in 1893 to take over the lead in his Irish musical play, "Mavourneeen" (replacing William J. Scanlan), and Olcott had great success in that role, and he continued to play in Irish musicals for the remainder of his career, many of which he not only acted and sang in, but also, he wrote and composed the songs as well (sometimes in collaboration with others), for a total of at least 20 plays between 1894 and 1920. He sang many of the great Irish standards, including "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" and "Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral". In 1925, he became ill and retired, and he moved to Monte Carlo, and passed away in 1932. His life story was portrayed in the 1947 movie, "My Wild Irish Rose", starring Dennis Morgan, and it was based on his biography, written by his widow in 1939.
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Note that this is one of 78 very rare posters (including 53 WWI and WWII posters and 18 stage play posters) that mostly date from 1888 to 1945. These were originally acquired by an archive decades ago, and they have been in storage ever since, until they were recently consigned to us. Many of these are the sorts of posters that you can find reproductions of on the Internet, but finding guaranteed originals like these is incredibly difficult (years can go by before these are offered for sale or at auction). This is a very rare opportunity to purchase any of these 78 posters (which even includes a remarkable 1873 P.T. Barnum poster from his "Traveling World's Fair")! Note that in June of 2016, we auctioned around 100 posters that were from this same archive. The 78 posters we are currently auctioning represent most of the remaining posters from this remarkable find (we certainly wish there were lots more, but unfortunately there are not, so this is likely your last opportunity to acquire these great rarities!).

Condition: very good to fine. There is tiny paper loss on the right of the bottom border and a 1" tear in the top border. Otherwise, the poster is in really nice condition, especially considering its age!
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