Chicago. The Dramatic Publishing Company. No date. Ca. 1899.
Play script in paper covers 7 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches; 16 pp. Script was evidently part of a series titled "The Darkey & Comic Drama." A sewn binding (not original) holds the script together. Spotting to covers, childish scrawl in pencil on three pages. Condition best described as "well-used." Cast list on page two identifies the members of the company that performed the play in Boston in 1842. Heading the list is T. D. Rice, termed the "father of American minstrelsy" who, in blackface, popularized the character "Jim Crow." The costume list calls for "woolly wig" and "shabby" clothing for Jumbo Jum. Advertising in playscript for Hageman's Make-Up Book and Emerson's Practical Instructions for Private Theatricals suggests a publishing date as circa 1899. WorldCat lists several entries for the series title: "The Darkey & Comic Drama," including "Jumbo Jum." Script is of interest given its connection with the career of T. D. Rice, although the performance date given at the front of the script has nothing to do with the date of publication of this copy of the play. Item #53330