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Auction History Result

9p001 DIBBLE BROS. PANORAMA double-sided daybill 1875 entire world seen in 200 magnificent views!

Date Sold 3/3/2011
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Double-Sided Daybill (measures 10 1/4" x 28" [26 x 71 cm]) (Learn More)

Dibble Bros. Panorama, the 1875 daybill advertising the acts appearing at this theater. The main attraction was "Dibble Bro's Panorama of the World!", which consisted of "200 Magnificent Views Illuminating 100,000 Square Feet of Canvas". This was not an advertisement for moving pictures (they had not been invented yet!), but was rather the precursor of movies, which was basically showing a slideshow on a huge screen (the daybill says that it includes "mechanical effects" that create a "wonderful life-like automatic motion", and also "the extraordinary illusions of moving pictures", but we don't know how they accomplished that [or whether it was just hype!]). The success of shows like this showed that the public had a great desire for this and better forms of entertainment, and this was an important precursor of motion pictures. If anyone knows more about this, please e-mail us and we will post it here.
Important Added Info: Note that in the earliest days of motion pictures (at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th), movies were all quite short (usually several minutes each), and they were shown at vaudeville theaters and other kinds of shows. The advertising for these kinds of places were often "daybills", which resemble U.S. inserts in size, but were printed on one-sheet paper, and were sometimes double-sided (similar daybills were used to advertise circuses at that time). These daybills would rarely have any artwork, but rather would list all of the varied entertainments available at the show. They were put on the sides of buildings and on poles, and were completely disposable, and very few of them survive!

Condition: good. There are some pieces of brown paper tape on the borders, and some small tears in the borders. There are some water stains scattered in the poster and a tear in the "M" of "PANORAMA" in the title. But given that the poster is over 135 years old, it has survived in pretty good condition!
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