British music hall postcard collection

British music hall postcard collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Banford, Harry, 1883-1973
Creator: Terry, Frank, 1870-1948
Title: British music hall postcard collection
Dates: circa 1900-1930
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet (167 items)
Coll. Number: ms832

Biographical/Historical Note

The beginning of the 20th century up to World War I marked the high point of British Music Hall. The London area alone boasted nearly fifty music halls in addition to the larger theatres like the Palace, Coliseum, and Empire. World War I brought the decline of the the music hall, which increasingly was in competition with motion pictures.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 160 picture postcards of 118 music hall artists. Of these 64 are signed, several with personal inscriptions to fellow performers: Mr. and Mrs. Nat Clifford, Lally Clifford, and Harry Banford. Some of the notable actors are Vesta Tilley, Hetty King, and Little Tich. There are two contracts between Harry Banford, acting as agent for the Theatre Royal, Guildford, and the Brothers Ford (1914). Also, six playbills describe variety bills featuring Harry Banford and lesser known performers.


Organized into two series: picture postcards and playbills. The postcards are arranged in alphabetical order by name.

Index Terms

Actors--Great Britain.
Banford, Harry, 1883-1973
King, Hetty
Little Tich, 1867-1928
Music-halls (Variety-theaters, cabarets, etc.)
Picture postcards.
Tilley, Vesta, 1864-1952

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

British music hall postcard collection, ms832, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Picture Postcards

11Pictures A-B [Fred Anderson, Anthony, Arthur (of Bedini and Arthur), Wilkie Bard, Maisie and Bick, Harry Blake, Arthur Blount, The Two Boston's, Marguerite Broadfoote, Lalie Brooke]
2Pictures C [Mayme Cannon, Helen Charles, Harry Claff, Nat Clifford, Clifford & Lill's entertainers, Vincent Clive, Pento Conti, Florrie Cooper, Tom Costello, Frank Coyne, Violet Crawford]
3Pictures D-F [Molly Doone, Arthur Edmonds, Marie Dainton, Fay Desmond, Albert Egbert, G. H. Elliot, Gwendoline Evans, Jack Francis, Fanny Fields, Ivy Floradora, Ford Brothers (includes Harry Branford contract)]
4Pictures G-J [Bert Gilbert, E. Giles, Alfie Green, Frank Halpin, Haymond and Franklin, Moses Hayman, Hamilton Hill, Mrs. Hamilton Hill, Rowland Hill, Daisy James, Victor Johnsen, The Jollites]
5Pictures K-L [May Kent, Matt Kilduff, Mr. & Mrs. Kimberley, Hetty King, Mr. & Mrs. Krags, Queenie Leighton, Adele Levey, Lillian of the "Royal Dreadnaughts", P. Liston, Little Tich, Mdlle. Lumiere]
6Pictures M-P [E. William Manning, Edna May, Melrose & Franklin, May Merry, Gertrude Millar, Clem Milton & "Tiger" the bull dog, J. Morris, Florence Evelyn Nesbitt, Toff Noel, Violet Nunn, Dan O. [?], Charles Penrose, Fred Phillip, Palace Pierrots, Bouverie Pleydell, Louie Pounds, Ernest L. Pyke]
7Pictures R [Gabrielle Ray, Harry & Lillie Calden Ray, Ada Reeves, Sisters Reeve, Forbes Robertson, Elsie Robey, Billy Robley, Lise Rolland, Claire Romaine, W. Lovell Rowland, Amy Russell]
8Pictures S-V [Elias B. Seener's Imperial Russian Troupe, Maidie Scott, Malcolm Scott, Elsie Steadman, B. E. Swan, Joe Tennyson, Tennyson and Wallis, Vesta Tilley, Joe Trevis, Vanderlin, Viole, Vulcana]
9Pictures W-Z, unidentified [Olive West, White, T. S. Whiting, Willie Young]

2. Playbills

OS Folder
1Putney Hippodrome, 1913 June 23
Imperial Palace, Canning Town, 1917 or 1923 June 25
Electroscope Theatre, High Wycombe, 1918 May 20
The Gaiety, High Street, Tooting. Boxing Day., 1922
Mile End Empire, 1923 July 30