Autograph album belonging to Tony Pastor 1886-1887


Autograph album belonging to Tony Pastor 1886-1887

Tony Pastor was a central figure in the establishment and development of vaudeville in America. Nicknamed "The Dean of Vaudeville," Tony Pastor was a former actor who opened his first variety theater in New York in 1865, and his second in 1881. He was known for influencing vaudeville performers towards using more family-friendly material, thus broadening the popularity of the form. Hardbound autograph album, measuring 18 x 17 cm., with the word AUTOGRAPHS embossed on its cover. Flyleaf inscription reads "Tony Pastor, New York, Nov 21st 1886." Contains several autographs of American and European vaudeville performers, most of whom write inscriptions to Pastor. Autographs include Helena Modjeska, Lionel Brough, and Gus Williams.

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SNAC Resource ID: 6317815

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Pastor, Tony, 1837-1908 (person)

Tony Pastor (1837-1908) was an American variety performer, songwriter, and theater owner. Known as the "Father of Vaudeville," he became famous for his comic songs in the 1860s. As an impresario, he developed family-friendly variety shows that served as an alternative to the bawdy and male-oriented Vaudeville performances of the time. From the guide to the Tony Pastor Letter, 1893, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries) American variety performe...