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9k042 ED. F. DAVIS' UNCLE TOM'S CABIN 21x28 stage poster c1907 Uncle Tom leaving, overseer w/whip!

Date Sold 8/25/2016
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An Original Vintage Unfolded Stage Play Poster (measures 21 1/4" x 27 3/4" [54 x 70 cm]) (Learn More)

Ed. F. Davis' Uncle Tom's Cabin, the circa 1907 traveling stage play poster ("Uncle Tom Leaving Home") advertising Ed. F. Davis' adaptation of the classic novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and featuring dramatic art of the classic characters in a scene from the play. Apparently, Edward F. Davis had touring stage companies of this play between the late 1880s and the early 1900s, perhaps a 20 year span, so of course, it is very hard to date a poster from any of his productions unless they are dated. Posters from any stage production of Uncle Tom's Cabin are incredibly difficult to accurately date (unless they are dated, of course, but virtually none are). This is because there were endless stage productions of this play from 1890 on, all over the U.S. We have no doubt that companies would print posters that local touring companies would order, which would explain why they rarely had any credits of any kind, no doubt so they could be used by any touring company. If anyone knows more about this poster, please e-mail us and we will post it here.
If you know who did the art (if any), please let us know.
Important Added Info: Note that, as noted above, it is incredibly difficult to date this poster, specifically because the producer did so many productions over so many years. Our best guess, looking at the poster, is that it dates from the early 1900s, perhaps soon after the turn of the century (we saw reference on the Internet to an Edward F. Davis production in 1907, so perhaps it is from that year). The printer is Erie Lithograph Company of Erie, Pennsylvania. If anyone knows more about this poster, please e-mail us and we will post it here.

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: good. The poster was never folded. It had tears and a few small areas of paper loss around the edges. It has a piece of white tape on the front of the middle of the left blank border and the remnants of a paper snipe in the bottom of the poster. Someone put paper tape on the back of the borders and in several areas in the image, to reinforce it. The poster can be displayed as it is, or it certainly can be linenbacked and completely restored.
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