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4z0136 NEIL O'BRIEN GREAT AMERICAN SUPER-MINSTRELS linen 28x41 stage poster 1910s art of Bert Swor!

Date Sold 7/9/2020
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An Original Vintage Linenbacked Stage Play Poster (measures 27 1/2" x 41" [70 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

Neil O'Brien Great American Super-Minstrels (also known as "Neil O'Brien Super-Minstrels with Bert Swor"), the 1910s traveling blackface minstrel musical stage production ("Oscar F. Hodge presents"; "Neil O'Brien & Bert Swor - equal owners and co-stars"; "America's Best Known Band and Symphony Orchestra"; "Neil O'Brien creator of Progressive Minstrelsy"; "Peerless Dancing Stars of Vim and Versatility"; "Frank [Cracker] Quinn comedian"). Neil O'Brien was born as Cornelius J. O'Brien in 1869 in Port Dickinson, New York. In the 1890s he joined a minstrel show and later appeared with Lew Dockstader for a few years. He next performed in vaudeville then started the Neil O'Brien Minstrel Company in the 1910s and toured to 1925. He next teamed up with famous boxer James J. Corbett to tour as a vaudeville comedy act before retiring in 1929. He passed away in 1954 at age 85. Bert Swor was a minstrel show performer from the 1890s to the 1930s. He performed with Neil O'Brien in the early 1910s and then he worked with the minstrel show of Al G. Fields. He passed away in 1943 at the age of 72.
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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster was never folded. It had small paper loss in the top right blank corner, with some pinholes and tiny tears around the edges. Overall, the poster was in very good condition prior to linenbacking. At some point after it was backed, it acquired a small stain and surface paper loss in the left of the bottom blank border, but otherwise, the poster is in pretty nice condition.
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