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Follies of the Day: 1925

Follies of the Day: 1925

From 1925, another Ford at work (for a billboard company that advertises Fords) on the streets of greater Washington. View full size. National Photo Company.

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Barney Gerard's Follies of the Day

The archive of the May 9, 1909 New York Times has a rather rave review of the new burlesque "Follies of the Day" which was showing at Lincoln Square, and which "has played all over the country this season with success."

They note a featured dancer named Gertrude Hayes "and her Eight Dancing Bricktops". "The play is devoted chiefly to burlesquing the different notabilities of the day, such as Taft, Bryan, Roosevelt, Jeffries, and Johnson."

In the November 9, 1913 New York Times there is an ad for Barney Girard's 1914 "Follies of the Day", where it played at Miner's Bronx Theatre, and still starred Gertrude Hayes. The notice in 1913 is much briefer than the one of 1909. Apparently Gerard updated the show yearly and renewed the copyright on his Follies until at least 1924, when the 16th version was produced. Since this is 1925, I'd assume this was the 17th season for the Follies.

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