Arkansas Traveler, Illustrated Minstrel Show Broadside
Printed broadside, 42 x 28 in., illustrating a scene from the popular act, Arkansas Traveler, produced by the Commercial Job Room Print, Cincinnati, OH. The skit involves a lost traveler who encounters a penniless backwoods squatter in the Arkansas frontier. The traveler asks the squatter for directions and humorous dialogue occurs. The two finally come to an understanding through music. The act originated from Sandford Faulkner, a Little Rock native who experienced asking directions of a country settler and performed the interaction on stage in 1840.
This broadside descended directly in the family of Peter Marks, a harpist that worked in the minstrel show circuit, ca 1860-1863. A portion of Peter Marks Minstrelsy Collection is housed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Provenance: Descended Directly in the Family of Peter Marks, Minstrel Show Harpist, 1860-1863
Brittleness and tears of the outer margins with holes in the center fold.