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  • Place of origin:

    Redditch (printed)

  • Date:

    1913 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Wheatley and Sons, Printers, (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    letterpress, paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Ralph Chinery

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This poster one of the items in the archive of the aerialist and variety performer Pansy Chinnery (1879-1969). She carefully collected a wide range of items relating to her career including posters, playbills, newspaper cuttings, hooks and pulleys, printing blocks and costume. Born in Suffolk, England, Pansy Chinery began her career with The Zedora Sisters, billed as Alar the Flying Arrow. The troupe went on tour with Barnum and Bailey's Circus for their 1897 tour, when she was shot from a giant crossbow high above the circus ring.

Later she performed on the variety stage, touring mostly in England with troupes called The Mars Trio, Leighton & Lindford, and Ritz and Ritz and The Uniques, specialising in comic acrobatic and gymnastic acts. Like all popular variety acts in the early 19th century, the troupes had a gruelling schedule, appearing widely in variety theatres across the country. They were usually booked at each theatre for a week, and travelled on Sundays.

Physical description

Letterpress-printed poster or playbill in red and blue typeface on light brown paper advertising the Variety programme at the Palace Theatre Redditch, for the week beginning Monday 15 September 1913. Programme featuring Quo Vadis / Battle Hymn of the Republic [picture]; Hamilton [pianist/entertainer]; Marguerite Oonah [damseuse]; William Kingsley [handbell soloist]; Horace Leighton & Pansy Lindford [teeth/trapeze/dance], and Broncho Billy's Love Affair

Place of Origin

Redditch (printed)


1913 (printed)


John Wheatley and Sons, Printers, (printer)

Materials and Techniques

letterpress, paper


Height: 75.9 cm, Width: 25.1 cm

Descriptive line

Poster advertising the Variety programme at the Palace Theatre Redditch, for the week beginning Monday 15 September 1913, featuring Horace Leighton & Pansy Lindford. Letterpress. Pansy Chinery Collection. Gift of Ralph Chinery.


Printing ink; Paper


Entertainment & Leisure


Theatre and Performance Collection

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