London. Playgoer. No date. Ca. 1903.
Miniature chromolithographic posters (page size 9 x 6 inches) replicating originals for two enormously popular musical comedies that opened on the London stage in 1902. The London successes were repeated when the comedies were presented in New York City and subsequently toured. The replicas, in excellent condition, are displayed in paper mats crafted by someone who couldn't use a ruler; they will need to be replaced. The New York Times wrote "It is just possible that there have been better musical comedies than...'Three Little Maids,' which opened at Daly's last night, but if there have, nobody in the audience could think of them at the end of the evening." (2 September 1903) Regarding "Three Little Maids," the Washington Post wrote: "The piece has a consistent comic story, pretty music, plenty of snap and life, and a company and chorus with good voices as well as good looks." (20 November 1904) The miniatures, published in "Playgoer" magazine, were printed by Weiners Ltd., London, from their originals. The miniatures are brightly colored and in very good, clean condition. Item #49383