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Silk programme

Silk programme

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, printed)

  • Date:

    1910 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed silk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Silk programme on cream silk in blue typography with small geometrical motifs in each corner, the selvages at top and bottom frayed to form a fringe. Listing the proprietor, Moss Empires Ltd., the chairman Sir Edward Moss, the directors Oswald Stoll and Frank Allen, the manager,s and the performers and their acts. Produced for the 'Grand Opening Night' of the Finsbury Park Empire, 5 September 1910.

Place of Origin

London (probably, printed)


1910 (printed)



Materials and Techniques

Printed silk

Marks and inscriptions


Height: 29.2 cm, Width: 29.5 cm

Object history note

NB The term "coon" refers to a demeaning stereotype born out of plantation slavery and applied to African Americans. The term is repeated here in its original historical context.

The Finsbury Park Empire was a Moss Empires Theatre. This silk programme was produced for the opening night of the theatre, 5th September 1910, when the acts featured were Madame Fanny Moody & Mr. Charles Manners, 'famous stars of the operatic stage'; George Rae 'the Scotch comedian'; Mae Henderson 'coon comedienne and dancer'; Siems 'coin and card manipulator'; The Motramos (Tony and Marie), musical comedy artistes; the Daunton-Shaw Troupe, Australian trick cyclists; The Kirbys 'in a musical pot-pourri', Bert Coote & Co. in the sketch A Lamb on Wall Street; Helen Trix 'American comedienne and siffleuse', and the American Bioscope.

Descriptive line

Silk programme produced for the variety programme for the Grand Opening Night of the Finsbury Park Empire, 5 September 1910.


Silk; Printing ink; Silk (textile); Ink




Entertainment & Leisure; Variety


Theatre and Performance Collection

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