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About Thebes: 1909

About Thebes: 1909

"Washington Dramatic Club -- About Thebes." Our second look at this nominally Egyptian-themed charity benefit staged at the Belasco Theater in April 1909 for an audience including President Taft. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

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Alice Pike Barney

I agree with the re-use of Spanish costumes, also the dance step is typical Spanish. The play was written by Alice Pike Barney (an interesting woman); a nice photo of her here. More information about the play here.

Business mixed with pleasure?

I wonder where the cop's finger intends to come to rest.

[Somewhere near Alexandria. - Dave]

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The costumer seems to have had a rather poor notion of ancient Egyptian fashion. Perhaps he/she was instructed to re-use the costumes from a previous production of "Flamenco Fever."

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