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Poster

1913 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

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.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
letterpress, paper
Brief description
Poster advertising the Variety programme at the Empire Theatre Cowes for the week beginning Monday 15 December 1913, featuring Ritz and Ritz. Letterpress. Pansy Chinery Collection. Gift of Ralph Chinery.
Physical description
Letterpress-printed poster or playbill in blue typeface on cream paper advertising the Variety programme at the Empire Theatre Cowes for the week beginning Monday 15 December 1913. Programme featuring Dancing Taught by Picture - Tango: Miss Nora Walker and Mr. Ernest Belcher [picture]; Ritz & Ritz [comedy/gymnastics]; Shirley Sparks [comedy/dance]; Fred Gwyn [comedian]; Prodigal Daughter / The Drop of Blood / A Jolt for the Janitor / The Gipsy’s Kiss / Pimple’s Dick Turpin / Granny’s old armchair and Neighbours [pictures]
Dimensions
  • Height: 76.2cm
  • Width: 24.8cm
Credit line
Given by Ralph Chinery
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession number
S.40-1991

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Record createdMay 15, 2007
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