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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1935 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed artificial silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. J. D. Hall

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This handkerchief was produced as a souvenir of the hugely popular variety act The Ganjou Brothers and Juanita that performed at three Royal Variety Shows and toured the world in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Their act, billed as 'Romance in Porcelain', was known as an adagio act, in which the petite acrobat Juanita progressed from swinging as the pendulum of an outsize decorative mantel clock to the music of The Blue Danube to being thrown, spun, twirled and caught by the Ganjou Brothers, also supposedly figures on the clock, dressed in powdered wigs, tights, decorated waistcoats and billowing shirts.

The Polish brothers Bob and George Ganjou started the original act in the United States, performing with another male dancer, and the female dancer Natacha Natova. When she went solo, her place was taken in 1931 by Juanita Richards, born in Detroit. She was the Juanita who performed at the Royal Variety Show in 1933 but when she left the act she was replaced by the second 'Juanita', Joy Marlow (1912-1980), another dancer who stayed with the act throughout the 1940s and 1950s when they went to Hollywood and regularly appeared on television. They did their last tour in 1956 and in 1958 Joy Marlow married Serge Ganjou who joined his brothers in the act in the 1930s.

Physical description

Square pale green artificial silk handkerchief edged on each side with a fine selvedge, and printed: 'Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Ganjou Brothers & Juanita', with a coloured image of the Ganjou Brothers and Juanita performing, the three brothers seated on the ground, one balancing a seated Juanita on the palm of his hand.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca.1935 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Printed artificial silk


Height: 23.7 cm, Width: 23.7 cm

Descriptive line

Souvenir handkerchief with an image of the Adagio act The Ganjou Brothers & Juanita, and printed with good wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Artificial silk, ca.1935.

Subjects depicted



Accessories; Entertainment & Leisure


Theatre and Performance Collection

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