Cigarette card for the week ending
Saturday, 2 May 2009

Florence Hamer (fl. late 19th/early 20th Century),
English actress

Florence Hamer

Florence Hamer

(photo: unknown, probably UK, circa 1900)

This real photograph cigarette card of Florence Hamer is no. 891 in one of the series issued in England with Guinea Gold Cigarettes, about 1900. Miss Hamer's appearances include as Melusina during the run of The Pilgrim's Progress, a mystery play with music (Olympic Theatre, London, 24 December 1896); as Vivienne in Lost, Stolen, or Strayed, a musical farce (Duke of York's, London, 27 April 1897); during 1904 in New Zealand as Madame De Simiano in the J.C. Williamson Comedy Comany's touring production of The Marriage of Kitty (The New Zealand Observer and Free Lance, Auckland, Saturday, 30 July 1904, p. 9c/d); and during 1906, again in New Zealand, as a geisha in the Knight-Jeffries touring production of The Darling of the Gods, with Julius Knight and Maud Jeffries respectively in the leading roles of Zakkuri and Yosan (The New Zealand Observer and Free Lance, Auckland, Saturday, 3 February 1906, p. 6a).

In 1902 Florence Hamer (Mrs Florence Isabel Hook) was divorced from her husband, Alexander Hook, manager of the Grand Theatre, Southampton (The New York Clipper, New York, Saturday, 19 April 1902, p. 176e); they had been married in 1900.

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