Newsboy NY: Hope Booth, Burlesque artist, ca. 1895
A rare albumen cabinet card of Hope Booth published by Newsboy New York. A nice portrait with a beautiful smile.
She was a vaudeville and burlesque actress. Arrested at the age of 23 because of an 'improper performance'. (see story from NY Times below)
cabinet card: wear at the corners, print some soiling.
negative numbered as '109'.
source: The New York Times, July 23, 1896
"ACTRESS HOPE BOOTH ARRESTED. Police Inspector Harley Says Her Performance Is Improper. Hope Booth, an actress, who appears at the American and Casino Roof Gardens, in a sketch entitled 'Ten Minutes in the Latin Quartier; or, A Study in the Nude,' was arrested yesterday with manager John W. Hamilton of the roof gardens on a charge of violating public decency. They were taken to Jefferson Market Police Court, where the case was adjourned until this afternoon. Police Inspector Harley was the complainant. He saw Miss Booth's performance Tuesday night and yesterday morning he called on manager Hamilton and advised him to withdraw that feature from his program. Mr. Hamilton refused and Inspector Harley then obtained warrants. He arrested Mr. Hamilton at the casino and Miss Hope at her home, 42 West Twenty-fifth Street. The prisoners were accompanied to the police court by George W. Lederer of the Casino Theater and Lawyers Thomas Dineen and Maurice Meyer. Miss booth gave her age as twenty-three years."
(A later copy of this article is added to this cabinet card.)
Provenance: Greg French collection