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Call number CWi 4710 A-D
Title Eph Williams Original Famous Troubadours
Object Name Courier
Creator Erie Litho & Printing Co.
Scope & Content A courier for Eph Williams Original Famous Troubadours presenting the "laughing success" Silas Green from New Orleans. The courier lists numerous African American performers including midget comedian Richard Stewart, aerialist George Baker, dancers Rebecca Simmons and Sarah Williams, Ulyses Simmons, Emma Foster, Eddie Day, Perdonia can Collins, business manager R.C. Puggsley. The courier also includes photographs of Professor Eph Williams, child wonder Baby Jon, and singer Miss Jennie Hale.

A courier was a form of advertisement used by circuses in conjunction with posters and heralds and would be distributed in advance of the arrival of a circus. Couriers varied in size and format depending upon the show and the amount invested in their production. Couriers often contained elaborate imagery similar to posters and programs distributed by the circus that same year. It is not unusual to see couriers printed either in color or in black and white. Couriers could also be small publications similar in appearance to programs or larger prints resembling newspapers.

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