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Calling card for Billy Williams Jr., Premier frog Equilibrist and Contortionist

Trick Card
about 1900

A tricky ten of diamonds
This trick card was one of the props used by George & Hart's Up to Date Georgia Minstrels, an African American troupe of 35 entertainers that performed in the Pacific Northwest in the late 19th century. The Minstrels, who included a contortionist, an acrobatic act, and a male impersonator, were said to be the highest-paid performers in the region, making between $5 and $15 a week.

Notes
Group was formed about 1866
Part of a scrapbook donated to NMAH that contains reviews of the troupe, biographical sketches of performers, tickets, advertisements, and trick cards
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· Review of the Georgia Minstrels (transcript)

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