Lot 1548

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Two prominent figures of the minstrel era were Bert Williams and George Walker. When this duo appeared on the minstrel scene, they dubbed themselves the "Two Real Coons" at the Casino Theatre in New York in 1896. The debut of Williams and Walker was considered to be significant to black comedy and black professional theatre because of their innovations, such as the hit musical comedy "In Dahomey" that toured Europe and the U.S., popularizing the cakewalk, and professionalizing black theatre by founding professional organizations for black entertainers. A very rare pair of signed photos, includes GEORGE WALKER (1872-1911), 6" x 7 1/4" casual seated pose smiling as he lights a cigarette, signed in the lower margin. Signature a bit worn and mount stained, still very good. Also BERT WILLIAMS (1874-1922), 6" x 8" b/w, a chest, up studio portrait nicely signed in blue ink. Both images have been trimmed a bit at bottom. Very rare photographs of two of the most influential black entertainers of all time.

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August 1, 2018 10:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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