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Portraits of performers, 1870-1951, undated (bulk 1870-1935)

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Finding Aid for Portraits of Performers, 1870-1951, undated, bulk 1870-1935
Series II. Mike Teller collection, 1886-1909, undated 22.0 items
The series comprises a small group of 22 portraits that originally formed part of Mike Teller's collection of theatrical portraits. The items in this series were determined to have been part of Teller's collection based on the dedications they bear. Some of the images included in Series III. Other Entertainers and Personalities, that lack of explicit dedications could possibly also have been part of the Teller collection.
The photographers represented are all American portrait photographers, primarily located in New York, Chicago and Cincinnati, Columbus or Toledo, Ohio. Most of the sitters present here are American, although a few were of British birth. Present are actors, singers, comedians and other variety artists.
Arrangement note
Arranged alphabetically by last name of sitter (individual or troupe name) followed by sitters identifed only by first name.
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1 2 2014.R.4-76 Rogers, Kirk Armstrong, circa 1891
Albumen cabinet card. Title and date from annotations on recto. Dedication on recto: To: M. Teller / with best wishes / Kirk Armstrong. Printed on recto: Rogers Photo. / Waynesburg, Pa.
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3 2 2014.R.4-78 White Studio, Paul Barnes, undated
Albumen print on Paris card. Title from pencil annotation on photograph. Ink dedication on photograph: To Mike. Printed on recto: White, 1261 Broadway. / 105 Fourth Ave. / N.Y. In negative: White / N.Y. Barnes was a comedian and songwriter who began his career as a blackface act.
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7 1 2014.R.4-94 Photographer unknown, The Two Bernards, undated
Collodion or gelatin silver p.o.p. on card 16 x 12 1/2 inches. Title from annotation on recto: The Two Bernards / To our dear Friend Mike. This photograph is of a woman. See also 2014.R.4-95, which is a portrait of a man.
7 1 2014.R.4-95 Photographer unknown, The Two Bernards, undated
Collodion or gelatin silver p.o.p. on card 16 x 12 1/2 inches. Title from annotation on recto: The Two Bernards / To our dear Friend Mike. This photograph is of a man. See also 2014.R.4-94, which is a portrait of a woman.
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3 2 2014.R.4-79 Baker's Art Gallery, Signor A. Borelli, approximately 1897
Matte gelatin silver on mount 9 x 6 3/4 inches. Title printed in red on mount. Dedication on recto: A. Monsieur & Madame / Teller a très bien d'amichie / le 11 mars 97. Printed on recto: Baker's Art Gallery / Columbus, O.
3 2 2014.R.4-80 Nicholson, John E. Cain, undated
Gelatin silver on mount 9 x 6 inches. Title from dedication on recto: To Mike Teller / from / John E. Cain. Printed in negative: Nicholson / Toledo, O.
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1 2 2014.R.4-81 Falk, Benjamin J., Bert Coote, approximately 1899
Albumen cabinet card. Title and date from dedication on recto: To Mike Teller / with best of wishes / Bert Coote / Jan (?) 21 '99. Printed on recto: Falk, 13 and 15 West 24th St. N.Y. / Madison Square. This was the address for Falk's studio from 1892-1900, when he moved his operation to the roof of the Waldorf Astoria. Coote was a British stage actor and comedian who appeared in films such as Bracelets (1931) towards the end of his life.
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3 2 2014.R.4-82 Hall, Joseph, Nellie Doner, approximately 1903
Gelatin silver print on mount 7 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches. Title and date from dedication on recto: Compliments of Nellie Doner / To Mr. Teller, Phil. / Oct. 10/03. Printed on recto: Hall's Studio / 1456-58-60 Broadway, / bet. 41st & 42nd St. N.Y. Hall moved his studio to Broadway in 1893. British by birth, Doner was one of the principal boy impersonators in British pantomime. She and her husband Joe were variety sketch artists. After her children were born she was the ballet mistress of the New York Hippodrome. Children Kitty, Rose and Ted were also perfomers; Kitty became one of the most well-known male impersonators of American vaudville.
3 2 2014.R.4-77 The Watson Studio, Edgar Ely, circa 1896
Platinum print on card 7 3/8 x 5 1/4 inches. Title and date from dedication written on recto: Kindest regards to Mike Teller / Sincerely Edgar Ely. / July 15/96. Printed on recto: The Watson Studio, 148 Woodward Ave. Ely was a singer and fast change or quick change aritst, switching roles several times in a single act.
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1 2 2014.R.4-83 Robinson and Roe, Jack Farrell, approximately 1892
Albumen cabinet card. Title from dedication on recto: Yours truly / Jack Farrell. Date from dedication on verso: To friend Mike, / best wishes / of Jack Farrell / Mch 18, 1892. Printed on recto: Robinson and Roe, 77 & 79 Clark St., Chicago / 54 West 14th St. New York.
1 2 2014.R.4-84 J. Kopke, Frank Fogerty, undated
Platinum cabinet card. Title from dedication on recto: Yours truly / Frank Fogerty. Written in pencil on photograph: To Mike Teller. Printed on recto with monogram: Kopke, 479 Fuller St. / Brooklyn, N. Y. Photographer's imprint on verso with additional information: ...Kopke / 479 Fulton Street / Brooklyn, N. Y. / No. of negative: 18360 (in pencil) / ... / Artist. / Photographer. Fogarty, known as the "Dublin Minstrel," won the New York Morning Telegraph's contest for most popular vaudeville actor in 1912. He is credited with having created 'The Last Word,' a prohibition-era gin and chartreuse cocktail.
1 2 2014.R.4-85 Springer Litho. Co., Andy Hughes, circa 1897
Collodion cabinet card. Title and date from dedication on verso: To my Dear Friend / M. Teller / Andy Hughes / Thurs (?) May 8th '97. Printed on recto: Photo Studio / 942 West 4th St. Printed on verso: H. C. Miner / President of the Springer Litho. Co. / Lithographing / photographing / and printing. Hughes was a vaudeville dancer.
1 2 2014.R.4-86 Gehrig, Hennessy Leroyle, after 1886
Albumen cabinet card. Title from dedication on recto: Yours truly / Hennessy Leroyle. Printed on recto: Gehrig (Place.) 337 West Madison St. / Chicago. Penciled on verso: Teller 61 S. 9th. Printed on verso: Gehrig / Gold Medal Awarded / St. Louis, 1886 / (Place.) / Photographer / 337 West Madison Street, Chicago... Date based on date of medal printed on verso. Leroyle was a comedic actor.
1 2 2014.R.4-87 Photographer unknown, Miss Lottie Lewis as "Napanee," 1908-1909
Relief halftone print. Title printed on recto. Written in ink on recto: The one best bet / Tellers Hotel & some meals / Andy Lewis's "Mardi Gras Beauties Co" / 08-09.
1 2 2014.R.4-89 Wood, Elias McDonald, 1888
Albumen cabinet card. Title and date from dedication on verso: To our boarding house / keeper M. C. Teller / Compliments of / Elias Mc Donald / April 19th / 88. Printed on recto: J. Wood, Photo. 208 Bowery, N.Y.
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5 1 2014.R.4-88 White Studio, Billy Mann (?), undated
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6 1 2014.R.4-90 Feinberg, Geo. B. Reno (George B. Reno), undated
Matte collodion print on mount 11 x 8 3/4 inches. Title from dedication on recto. Written on recto: To Mike / Yours, etc., Geo. B. Reno. Printed on recto: Feinberg N.Y. / 16 West 14th St. / New York. Printed on verso: Feinberg / Photographer / 16 West 14th St. / New York. The comedian, George Reno, was on the board of directors of the White Rats, a labor union devoted to the rights of male vaudeville actors.
6 1 2014.R.4-91 Feinberg, Lottie West Symonds, 1903
Matte gelatin silver print on mount 11 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches. Title from dedication on verso: Lottie West Symonds / Irish Countess / With complements / to / Mr. Mike Teller / Nove 24th / 1903 / Hoot Old Timie Co. Embossed on recto: Feinberg / Carbonettes / latest finish / 16 West 15 th St. / New York. The singer Lottie West Symonds was known as "The Irish Countess."
1 2 2014.R.4-92 Baker's Art Gallery, Sherman Wade, undated
Gelatin silver cabinet card. Title from dedication on recto: Sherman Wade / To friend Mike. Printed on recto: Baker Art Gallery / Columbus O. Printed on verso: Grand prize and highest award at the World's Fair. / Baker's Art Gallery / 106 South High St. / Columbus / O. A picture of the Baker's Art Gallery building is printed on the verso.
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7 1 2014.R.4-93 Photographer unknown, Tony Williams, late 1890s
Collodion p.o.p. on card 16 x 10 1/4 inches. Title from inking on recto. Debossed on mat: Columbus O. Dedication on verso: To Mr. & Mrs. Teller / with best wishes / Tony Williams / Ward Nokes Co. / Seasons 1896, 7, & 8. / Yours in Bohemia.
1 2 2014.R.4-96 Schloss, John, undated
Albumen cabinet card. Ink annotation on recto: From John to Mike / "Quickest change on record." Printed on recto and verso: Schloss, 54 West 23rd St. / New York.
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6 1 2014.R.4-97 White Studio, Phyllis, undated
Matte collodion print on card 10 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Title from dedication written across photograph: To dear Mr. and Mrs. / Teller with love / and best wishes from / Phyllis. Signed in negative: White / N.Y. Printed on recto: White / 1546 Broadway / New York.


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