'My Fancy' (1878-1933),
American variety artist,
billed as the 'Queen of Sand Dancers,'
as she appeared in her quick-change scena
'Winter, Spring and Summer,'
during her tour of UK music halls, 1908
This real photograph postcard, no. 4914 D, was issued probably in 1908 by the Rotary Photographic Co Ltd of London in its Rotary Photographic Series.
'A Leading Lady Dancer.
'My Fancy', otherwise Mae Rose Bawn (née Baker), wife of the English music hall comedian and manager Harry Bawn (1872-1928), was born in St Louis, United States of America, on 23 May 1878. She began her dancing career as a child and was soon teamed with another girl to appear as the Macumber Sisters. She subsequently performed as a trapeze artist, acrobat and illusionist. Her first appearance in England was as a solo turn under her own name at the London Pavilion on 17 December 1894. She later transferred to the Oxford music hall, London, where she first assumed the name of 'My Fancy' on 25 March 1895. Afterwards, billed as 'The Queen of Sand Dancers,' she appeared at principal variety theatres worldwide, including the opening of Hammerstein's Olympia, New York, in 1896. During 1897/98 and 1912/13 she visited Australia, in between fulfilling many other engagements in England, America, Egypt, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), India and South Africa. 'My Fancy' also appeared at the Folies Bergères, Paris.
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