There are numerous studies and photographs of blackface in the American theater, but it is a bit less common to see women…and I guess even more unusual to see young women and children. A series of cabinet card photographs circa 1910 of young vaudeville performers in burnt cork. These were essentially among the first "publicity photographs" and sold at the stage door following performances.
Original cabinet card photographs by Frank Wendt circa 1910 (Wendt was the understudy of Chas Eisenmann, famed circus freak photographer.)
Collection Jim Linderman