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1870s Personal Scrapbook of Theatre Handbills (115615)

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1870s Personal Scrapbook of Theatre Handbills  (115615)
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Front of scrapbook has label, "Thomas Peaslee, Director." 35 or so pages, most with handbills glued to both sides of the page. Plays date to the 1870s. Peaslee is listed as director or assistant director on most of the handbills. One labels him as Prof. Thomas Peaslee. Spine mostly gone. Needs to be rebound/restored. 8.25 x 7" Thomas Peaslee (1843-1929) was described in his obituary from the Stamford Mirror, 9/19/1929: "The death of Prof. Thomas Peaslee famed throughout this section of the state for the many musical choruses he conducted, occurred at Brooklyn Hall in Stamford, the home of his niece...Thomas Peaslee was born June 24, 1843, on what is known as the Peaslee homestead No.2 located on Blenheim Hill, north of the Peaslee homestead, and now occupied by Fred Jones. Mr. Peaslee was the son of Thomas Sheldon Peaslee and Mahala Curtiss Peaslee and spent his boyhood days in this locality. He attended district school and later attended Stamford Seminary and was a student at Delhi Academy about the time of the Civil War. ln the fall of 1865 he went to Genesee, N. Y., and took a course in voice training. The winter of 1866 found him teaching district school in Bloomingdale, Ill. and the next summer he attended Wheaton College where he continued the culture of his voice and in addition took a commercial course. He then went to Bloomington and attended a formal school of music under the direction of Coe. Parker and Fargo of Boston and other noted teachers of New York."

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State: New York
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Date: 1870s