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The New York World’s Fair, 1939-40

- May 21, 2014 in amateur footage, burlesque, freakshows, girlie show, new york world's fair, philip medicus

A remarkable series of amateur reels, amounting to more than 6 hours in total, covering the 1939–40 New York World's Fair which took place on a 1,216 acre area of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and which saw over 44 million people in attendance.

The New York World’s Fair, 1939-40

- May 21, 2014 in amateur footage, burlesque, freakshows, girlie show, new york world's fair, philip medicus

A remarkable series of amateur reels, amounting to more than 6 hours in total, covering the 1939–40 New York World's Fair which took place on a 1,216 acre area of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and which saw over 44 million people in attendance.

Music Hall Performer Billy Williams

- January 14, 2013 in Audio, Audio: 1900s, Audio: 1910s, Audio: Pop, billy williams, burlesque, collections, music hall, vaudeville

Richard Isaac Banks (1878–1915), who changed his name to Billy Williams after leaving his birthplace of Australia, was one of the most recorded popular entertainers of his time. Born in Melbourne, Williams tried a number of jobs before embarking on an entertainment career which led him to come to England in 1899. He became a popular entertainer in the music halls singing what were known as chorus-songs, and also appeared in pantomime. The year 1912 seemed to be the zenith of Williams’ career – he appeared in the first Royal Command Performance of that year and achieved glowing reviews in the national press. Sadly this fame was not to last as Williams became ill in late 1914 and died in Hove near Brighton in March 1915, the proximate cause being complications after an operation, but rumoured to be connected with “previous social excesses.” (Wikipedia) MP3 Download Internet Archive Link Sign up to get our free fortnightly newsletter which shall deliver direct to your inbox the latest brand new article and a digest of the most recent collection items. Simply add your details to the form below and click the link you receive via email to confirm your subscription!

A Burlesque Translation of Homer (1797)

- April 21, 2012 in burlesque, homer, iliad, non-article, texts, Texts: 18th, Texts: Fiction, Texts: Miscellaneous, Texts: Poetry, thomas bridges


A Burlesque Translation of Homer, by Thomas Bridges; 1797; G.G. and J.Robinson, London

Homer’s Iliad set to bawdy verse by Thomas Bridges (c.1710-c.1775), originally published in 1762 under the pseudonym Caustic Barebones. The work achieved some popularity, and was reprinted several times, the last in 1797. In 1765 Bridges wrote The Battle of the Genii, a burlesque of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, which was once attributed to Francis Grose. Bridges’ only novel was The Adventures of a Bank-Note, published in 1770.

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