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Hoyt's Milk White Flag

Hoyt's A Milk White Flag
Strobridge Litho. Co.
Hoyt's A Milk White Flag
Color lithograph, ca. 1894
Prints & Photographs Division
LC-USZ6-426 (130.7)
[digital ID# var 0729]

Hoyt's A Milk White Flag color lithograph

Hoyt's A Milk White Flag color lithograph
Strobridge Litho. Co.
Hoyt’s A Milk White Flag
Color lithograph posters, ca. 1896
Prints & Photographs Division
Copyright deposits (129B.4, 130.8)
[ Digital ID# ppmsca-05593, ppmsca-05594 ]

On April 23, 1896, the Vitascope movie projector made its debut at Koster & Bial's Music Hall in Herald Square, New York City.

The vaudeville circuit was a fitting venue for the first public projection of moving image, because it not only provided a ready audience but also a source for film subjects including Annabelle, the "butterfly dancer" and scenes from theatrical productions like the popular A Milk White Flag.

Cast members were invited to Thomas Edison's studio in West Orange, New Jersey, to recreate a scene.

The two posters on display here promoted the 1896 stage production.

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