Nellie Darrell (Mrs Harry Cambridge, fl. 1880s/1890s),
English burlesque actress and music hall serio-comic,
Harry Cambridge (d. 1892), English music hall comedian
'Mr Editor. - Sir, - Allow me to state that I introduced the electric light in a song and dance, my dress being adorned with coloured lights (upwards of forty), each light changing colour while dancing. I may state I first produced the novelty in the year 1888, having had the sole right to work the same. Since my husband, Mr Harry Cambridge, has been seriously indisposed, I was compelled to discontinue the idea, as I could not trust any one but him to work the electric battery. Miss Harriet Laurie was the first lady to introduce the idea of the electric dance, and myself, the undersigned, was number two. Yours truly, NELLY DARRELL, ''the Electric Spark'' (title registered, No. 23,839), Cromwell's Varieties, Sheffield, Dec. 6th, 1892.')
'DIED, Mr Harry Cambridge, vocal comedian, Dec. 28th, 1892. Gone, but not forgotten.'
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