Theatre Magazine Ephemera Collection, 1901-1931
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Brief Description: The Theatre Magazine Ephemera Collection includes a full run of Theatre Magazine, documenting theatre from 1901-1931. However, the collection consists of only front covers of the magazine, as well as a few advertisements and fashion style pages.
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San Diego, CA 92182 8050
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Created by: Theatre Magazine (1901-1931)
Volume: 0.42 Linear Feet
Biographical Note for Theatre Magazine (1901-1931) :

During the 1900’s, theatre was the most popular form of entertainment in New York and other major cities. One of the first magazines dedicated to theatre was Our Players Magazine, founded by Lois and Paul Meyer and later renamed The Theatre in May, 1901. At the time, many individuals in the publishing industry were experimenting with different forms and styles to capture the art of theatre. The Theatre changed its name again in August 1917 to Theatre Magazine.

Theatre Magazine was well known because of the contributions of respectable actors and screenwriters. It included interviews with well-known actors, playwrights and critics, and displayed fashion styles from each play. The magazine also included summaries of plays as well as photographs to capture the attention of the general public. When film and radio developed, the magazine embraced these too by adding new sections to the magazine. Above all, advertising was a major part of the magazine. Every product was featured in its role in "a night out at the theatre." Products advertised included cigarettes, Lincoln automobiles, beauty products, and restaurants that were near the theatre. The magazine’s last issue was April, 1931.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Theater programs--New York (State)--New York
Theater programs--United States
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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