THE WHITNEY OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS “MY CINDERELLA GIRL” (1910 ADVERTISING POSTCARD)

 

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This vintage real photo postcard advertises the Whitney Opera House, which was located in Chicago, Illinois. It was located on East Van Buren Street. Also advertised on the postcard is the show that was playing there at the time of the postcard’s publishing. The production was named, “My Cinderella Girl” and the advertisement asserts that it was “Chicago’s Best Musical Show”. The advertisement credits “William Norris” (1871-1929) as the show’s producer. Research reveals that the play ran in Chicago in 1910. “The Theatre” magazine reported that the play was a popular success. “The Advocate” (1910), a Jewish newspaper, asserted that audience members thought it was the funniest play ever written. The newspaper adds that the show was close to becoming the longest running show in the history of the Whitney. It was not mentioned that the Whitney had been open for less than one year. The writer also stated that the show included some of the prettiest girls ever to appear on a Chicago stage. The “Dramatic Mirror” (1910) reveals that Norris was a big hit among female theatergoers. I wonder how the ladies felt, when in 1910, Norris married one of his co-stars in the “My Cinderella Girl” cast (Mabel Blanche Mordaunt). The show was a farce about a character named Tom Harrington. Harrington was a college student and captain of the schools baseball team. The play focuses on his romantic life and the pranks and stunts he pulled as he attends college. William Norris played Harrington. The Whitney Opera House has an interesting history. It has had many names.The theater was originally located in the Chicago Musical College Building which was designed in 1895. The theater had 850 seats and was known as Steinway Hall, since the piano company had built the building. By 1900, the theater was known as Ziegfeld Hall. A short time later, the theater became the Kelly and Leon Opera House and in 1910, it’s name was changed to the Whitney Opera House. By 1915, the hall was renamed, and even more names followed. It became a movie theater in 1930. Sadly, the theater finished its life as an adult film theater. The theater was closed in the late 1960s and was demolished in 1970. This photo postcard was published in Chicago by the Fine Arts Journal. The journal was published between 1899 and 1919.   SOLD

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  1. The research you do is much appreciated. Wish I’d had history teachers who taught us like this.

    • Thank you. I am learn fascinating history from nearly every vintage photograph I post. I am happy to share what I learn. Sometimes, I wish I was a history teacher. I sublimate that desire by writing and managing this blog. By profession, I am a clinical psychologist.

      • I’d really like to hear your evaluation of some of my novel characters!


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