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American columnist and radio personality Franklin P. Adams (1881 - 1960) recalled the heyday of Chicago's Vaudeville (with some detail) for the editors of STAGE MAGAZINE, a witty and highly glossy magazine that concerned all the goings-on in the American theater of the day:

"They were Continuous Variety Shows. They ran - at any rate at the Olympic Theatre, known in Chicago as the Big O - from 12:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m....While those days are often referred to as the Golden Days of Vaudeville, candor compels the admission that they were brimming with dross; that Vaudeville's standard in 1896 was no more aerate than musical comedy in 1935 is."

Click here to read a 1938 memoir by a Los Angeles 'Working Girl'.

Click here to read about a 1949 plan to bring Vaudeville back (it didn't work)

     


Chicago Vaudeville Remembered (Stage Magazine, 1935)

Chicago Vaudeville Remembered (Stage Magazine, 1935)

Chicago Vaudeville Remembered (Stage Magazine, 1935)

Chicago Vaudeville Remembered (Stage Magazine, 1935)

Chicago Vaudeville Remembered (Stage Magazine, 1935)

Chicago Vaudeville Remembered (Stage Magazine, 1935)

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