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The Two Orphans theatrical souvenir album

The Two Orphans theatrical souvenir album

Descriptive Summary

Title: The Two Orphans theatrical souvenir album
Creator: Sarony, Napoleon, 1821-1896
Inclusive Dates: 1875 March 27
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s)
Collection Number: ms2789
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Two Orphans was one of the greatest theatrical successes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States. Les Deux Orphelines was written by the French dramatists Adolphe D'Ennery and Eugene Cormon, and its first presentation was at the Theatre Porte St. Martin, Paris, in January 1874. Due to a former misunderstanding, D'Ennery felt indebted to A.M. Palmer and Jackson N. Hart of the Union Square Theatre and by way of compensation granted them the U.S. production rights of the play. Translated into English and adapted by Jackson N. Hart, it was produced for the first time in that New York City theatre, on December 21, 1874, where it enjoyed a tremendously successful run of 180 performances. In 1881 at the Booth's Theatre in New York City, the net profits of the play for just one week were $11,400. In the early 20th century the popularity of the play declined.

University of Texas at Austin - Two Orphans Collection, 1874-1926 (Retrieved August 26, 2009)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one theatrical souvenir album celebrating the one hundredth performance of The Two Orphans at the Union Square Theatre (March 27, 1875). The album, in green tooled leather with a metal clasp, contains twelve original card photographs of cast members. The photographs were taken by Sarony and the label on the inside front cover reads "Sarony Dramatic Tableaux 1875."

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Two Orphans theatrical souvenir album, ms2789, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2015.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Carte de visite photographs.
Claxton, Kate, 1848-1924 -- Photographs
Cormon, Eugène, 1810-1903 -- Deux orphelines
Ennery, Adolphe d', 1811-1899 -- Deux orphelines
Granger, Maude, 1850 or 51-1928 -- Photographs
Holland, Kate C., -approximately 1876 -- Photographs
Parselle, John, 1820-1885 -- Photographs
Plays -- Performances.
Rankin, McKee, 1844-1914 -- Photographs
Robson, Stuart, 1836-1903 -- Photographs
Thorne, Charles R. -- Photographs

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Souvenir album , 1875 March 27