np: nd [c. early 1900's]. Two promotional posters, 8 1/2 x 11" and 9 x 12", and ten photographs, vintage silver gelatin prints of various dimension, five of which are matted.
Ansel & Dorian were an early 20th century head and hand balancing acrobatic Vaudeville act, whose claim to fame was the strength of Miss Dorian, sometimes billed as " The Strongest Woman in the World." The most striking photograph in the lot is Miss Dorian, seen from the back, flexing the muscles of her bare shoulders and back. Also included is a photograph of the Vaudeville performer Enoch, which appears to be inscribed to Ansel, and a photograph of another performer. A couple of the photographs are related to other acts by Ansel, who was apparently also known for his swivelling teeth performance. We can find little biographical information about Dorian-Bertha, aside from scattered references to their act in local newspapers.
Heavy wear, including toning, creasing and chipping, and chips and erosion to the mattes, sometimes also with loss to the photograph margins. Oxidizing to images, and some pinholes to tips. Fair only. Item #26828