Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 26 July 2008

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Little Tich returns to New York, 1901

Little Tich (Harry Relph, 1867-1928),
English music hall comedian

(photo: unknown, circa 1908)

'Again Seen by New York Audience After Fifteen Years' Absence.
'''Little Tich,'' the dwarf comedian, and a favorite with the music hall goers of London, made his appearance at Cherry Blossom Grove last night, after a fifteen-year absence from New York. He was given a most enthusiastic reception by the large audience, whom he had in roars of laughter from his first appearance upon the stage.
'His act consists of different impersonations, which included a Spanish seña, which he costumes in a burlesque of Carmen. The dancing with wooden-soled shoes as long as his stature, and which her performed the last time he was in New York, is still the most grotesque and funniest act. There were demands for a speech, but ''Little Tich'' refused to express his thanks otherwise than by repeated bowing.'
(The New York Times, New York, Tuesday, 25 June 1901, p. 7c)

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The story of a ghost recalled after
Evie Greene's death, 1917

Evie Greene

Evie Greene (1876-1917),
English star of musical comedy

(photo: Bassano, London, circa 1913)

'Evie Greene's Ghost Story.
'Miss Evie Greene, the musical comedy favorite who has just died, used to tell a story about a ghost which she firmly believed she had seen, say London Tit-Bits. The London correspondent of the Sheffield Daily Telegraph says the vision was at Sunderland, when she was playing principal boy in pantomime.
'Miss Green was lodging in a fisherman's cottage, and one night, when she and some girls from the pantomime were going to her rooms for supper, there overtook them on the stairs the transparent figure of a little sailor lad, his arms raised, his eyes closed, and his body dripping with water.
'The figure hurried up to the attic of the cottage, and Miss Greene and her companions ran trembling into the nearest room. Afterwards they went all over the house, but could discover no trace of the visitor.
'Next thing Miss Greene found her landlady grief-stricken. She had just received a telegraph from the owners of a ship in which her boy had sailed, saying that the vessel had been lost with all hands.'
(The Palo Alto Tribune, Emmetsburg, Iowa, 14 November 1917, p. 7a)

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Irene Castle's latest film appearance
and her advice to women, 1919

Irene Castle

Irene Castle (1893-1969),
American ballroom dancer and film star

(photo: Malcolm Arbuthnot, London, circa 1919)

'Big Bill at Your Grand Today.
'In spite of her recent bereavement, Irene Castle, the Pathe star, who comes to the Grand theatre today in her great screen success The First Law, remains the arbiter and leader of fashions in America. In a recent interview just before she sailed for France where she is now entertaining the soldiers near the front, Mrs. Castle said that American women will be the style leaders more by reason of their manner of wearing clothes than the expense of their garments.
'''the woman who wants to be well dressed, and this is the natural desire of every woman, must first of all learn to be honest with herself. She must see herself as she is, and not as she would like to be. If she is short and broad she mustn't imagine herself tall and thin, and vise versa. If she is angular and broad, she must not believe herself plump and rounded. And then, having seen herself honestly, as in a looking-glass, she should dress in a manner suitable to her own peculiar style.
'Take the French women, for instance. They do not hesitate to admit their faults in face and figure, and this grand study of themselves leads them to the adoption of those patterns, fabrics and adornments which lend distinction, individuality, and style to their appearance.
'Go into a Parisian restaurant. You will never see, as in America, women of very hight, weight, age and individuality all wearing clothes cut after the same design. American women are what one might call vogue crazy. They see a model, run across some particular style in a magazine worn by somebody or other, and are not happy until they get one like it. How much more sensible it would be to choose a style suitable to one's own self. Surely it is more comfortable and self-satisfying to be distinctive, individual, representative of yourself than to be merely one in a crowd, like a paper doll in a long row cut from one folded sheet. Regardless of patterns or fabric, the well-dressed woman is the woman whose gowns, suited to the occasion, best express herself.''
'In addition to the Irene Castle [photo]play the high class vaudeville attraction [includes] Three Harmony Maids, three charming young ladies with very pleasing voices [who] will entertain you with some real harmony. At your Grand today.'
(Moberly Evening Democrat, Moberly, Missouri, Friday, 24 January 1919, p. 2c)

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