Friday, April 5, 2013

A Fatal Playbill

A playbill from Ford's Theatre announcing Our American Cousin on April 14th, 1865.  
(Harvard University, Houghton Library)

The patriotic song and chorus 'Honor To Our Soldiers' is written by Ford’s Theatre orchestra director William Withers. It will premiere this night in honor of the presence of president Lincoln.

This playbill has been falsified a lot, see this excellent article.  

next episode: let's buy a ticket


  1. It also seems that this playbill had been written with a highest use of BLOCK LETTERS :-)

  2. Incredible. Forgeries and touch ups. Even to this day are they a bane!


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