Donna at Rialto, Swiss Gardens, & American Theatres, plus three photos.
Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor
For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at image DSCN1468 from the Donna Darling Collection. This image includes 5 objects; two newspaper clippings and three photographs.
The Two Clippings
The first clipping shows “Donna Darling & Co with Sammy Clark in a Singing and Dancing Revue in Five Scenes” as an added feature to the Rialto Theatre in Racine, Wisconsin, show on Sunday. With them are four other vaudeville shows.
- Boyd Senter “Jazzologist Supreme”
- Denyle Don & Everett “Up for Air”
- Bennett & Lee “Vaudeville Etiquette”
- Dallas Trio “A Comedy Novelty”
This clipping is the identical advertisement I had seen previously in the Journal Times, Racine, Wisconsin, 31 July 1926, Page 11. (Thanks to Newspapers.Com.)
The second clipping is a very short one that says:
DONNA DARLING and SAMMY CLARK are enjoying a long run at the Swiss Gardens, Cincinnati, O., with their vaudeville revue. They will remain there until July 31 and then open in Chicago at the American on Aug. 20.
My previous research indicated that Donna and Sammy played at the Swiss Gardens July 23rd thru July 31st. However, I did not know they played at the American Theatre in Chicago August 20th. Thanks to this clipping I was able to add the location of the Swiss Gardens Theatre as being Cincinnati, Ohio and was able to add a new venue, The American Theatre in Chicago on August 20.
The three photos.
The first is a photo of Russell standing between two men, who are certainly brothers and are probably twin brothers. Russell was born in August 1927, so this photo appears to be from 1928 or 1929. I vaguely recall seeing them before, but I wasn’t able to find them in a quick search. I’ll keep a sharp eye out for twins in my other activities.
The second photo is of an unknown couple in swimming suits standing at a beach. Again, I do not know who they are, so I’ll keep an eye out for them in my future work.
Finally, is a badly damaged photo of a woman sitting next to the stairs leading to the porch of a house. She is wearing something of a sailor blouse and the house next door appears to have a “beach” porch. Again, I’ll add her to my unknown photos.
I updated Donna’s Career History with the following (new information in bold):
- July 23 – 31 – Swiss Gardens, Cincinnati, OH See Illinois Digital Newspaper DDC-54
- August 20, 1926 – Chicago, Illinois – American Theatre – DDC-54
I also put the three photos into my “unknown subjects” folder.