4 1/4 x 6 1/4 cabinet card of Miss Florence Washburn, a well-dressed young white girl, possibly 12 years old, seated in a miniature carriage that is being pulled by ponies at the reins of a young African American boy in uniform, advertising “Miss Florence Washburn and her $1,000 turnout with Stetson Big Uncle Tom Cabin Co.” Photo artist Frank Wendt.
Stetson was one of the many companies that produced Uncle Tom’s Cabin shows, based loosely on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Local newspapers wrote that Stetson was the “largest organization of its kind...they carry a special train of their own cars to transport their people, horses, ponies, dogs, chariots and other paraphernalia...a large contingent of singers and dancers, bloodhounds, etc...”
Stetson was fortunate to have the approval of Harriet Beech Stowe because the play adhered to the original text. Photographer Frank Wendt, 1858-1930, was known for photographs of performers both sideshow and stage. Stetson memorabilia is Scare, usually only found in institutions.
Slightly light. Still very good.
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