New York. Martin Beck. 1912.
String-bound Theatre Program for Sarah Bernhardt’s 1912/1913 US vaudeville tour featuring scenes from her Greatest Hits, including Phaedra, Tosca, and Camille, performed in French. Cover features a colorful and wholly invented National Emblem of France. Program features numerous black and white photos of the star, including, on last page, waving from the rear observation platform of a passenger train (wearing, it should be noted, a fur coat of monstrous bulk). Program includes summaries of her greatest hits, to provide context for histrionics in a foreign tongue. Short tear with paper loss in margin of last page of program, not impacting photos of the star. Overall very good clean condition. Particularly noteworthy is a 17 ½ x 5 inch folded program on newsprint for the Orpheum, San Francisco, (February, 1913) tucked into the Martin Beck program. The Orpheum program lists numerous vaudville acts capped by Madame Bernhardt’s truncated scene work. Folded program identifies the last entertainment on offer: "New Daylight Motion Pictures," no doubt the highlight of a very long evening. Item #54486