Various: nd [c. early 1900's]. Fourteen cabinet photographs mounted on card, one sheet of stationary with a two color photographically illustrated header, and one real photo postcard.
The Brown Brothers were an acrobat and equilibrist duo active in the early part of the century. One of the brothers was one-legged. Nine of these photographs document the one-legged brother caught in the middle of remarkable equilibrist acts, some involving chairs. The photographs are remarkable not just for their subject matter, but also for the striking manner in which the unattributed photographs are composed. The remainder of the gathering includes an RPPC of the duo signed by one of the brothers, Ed, as well as a latter from Ed Brown to his sister on Brown Bros. letterhead. A remarkable cache of images. We can find little biographical information about the act, but this could certainly be the seed of further research.
Condition generally very good with some wear and chipping to the boards. The stationary is heavily chipped at margins with some staining and loss, a poor example. The postcard shows some oxidation to image and some considerable indenting, but very good. Item #26835