H.C. Miner Litho. Co.
Primrose & Dockstader's Great
Minstrels, Back Again, Lew Dockstader: 'the man who makes millions
New York: 1878
Prints & Photographs Division
Copyright deposit, 1898 (169.7)
[ Digital ID# ppmsca-05596 ]
Although minstrel theater survived into the twentieth
century, its heyday can be traced from the 1840s to the 1890s.
This poster advertises the minstrel team of George H. Primrose
(b. 1852) and Lew Dockstader (1856B1924). In this lithograph,
Dockstader appears in what had become the trademark guise of
the minstrel stage: trick shoes, oversize pants and coat, tall
hat, and black-face. Dockstader's success turned in part on his
political monologues and his caricatures and imitations of political
figures like Theodore Roosevelt. Working to keep his material
updated, Dockstader injected his stage show with current local
and national themes.