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1906 Jake Wells Bijou Company Wells Leath Signed Performance Syndicate Letter
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From the end of the 1800s through the early 1900s, most theatre and opera house managers in the United States and Canada had to book their entertainment through Syndicates which controlled the touring schedules of most traveling shows and entertainers. One of the most prominent Syndicates was run by Marc Klaw and Abraham Lincoln Erlanger in New York City. This lot is a letter written to Klaw and Erlanger by M. B. Rosenbaum, a representative of a conglomerate of entertainment venues in the Southeast including Georgia Theater Company, Bijou Company, Leath Theatrical Company, Wells Amusement Company, Lyric Company and Dominion Amusement Corporation, among others. These venues were owned, operated and managed by Jake Wells, a former Major League Baseball player with the Detroit Wolverines and the St. Louis Browns who later became a theatre impressario.

The letter provides contract and scheduling details for upcoming performances of “It’s All Your Fault”, “County Fair”, and fight pictures for “Gans-Nelson.” The typed letter is signed by Rosenbaum, probably with a rubber stamp.

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