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    • Wise men

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    • Originally leg coverings are used only outside Rome, particularly for fighting in cold climates. Eventually Persian pants (bracchae or braies) become commonplace. Among the Byzantines they are actually leg coverings, not pants, with garters that...
    • Bert Williams and George Walker

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    • Bert Williams and George Walker in the musical In Dahomey. Bert Williams was one of the pre-eminent entertainers of the Vaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians for all audiences of his time. He was by far the best-selling black...
    • Bert Williams and George Walker

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    • Vaudeville perfumers Bert Williams (left) and George Walker, cabinet card. Bert Williams was one of the pre-eminent entertainers of the Vaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians for all audiences of his time. He was by far the...
    • Bert Williams

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    • Willaims on sheet music cover for 'Oh, I Don't Know, or I Thought I Was a Winner. Comic song and refrain with coon parody.' Bert Williams was one of the pre-eminent entertainers of the Vaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians for all...
    • Bert Williams and George Walker

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    • 1903 cover to the sheet music for 'I'm a Jonah Man' (from the musical In Dahomey). Bert Williams was one of the pre-eminent entertainers of the Vaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians for all audiences of his time. He was by far the...
    • Bert Williams

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    • Williams in blackface on sheet music cover for 'Come Right In, Sit Right Down, Make Yourself At Home.' Bert Williams was one of the pre-eminent entertainers of the Vaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians for all audiences of his time....
    • Bert Williams

    • Ziegfeld follies
    • Williams in rooster costume with top hat, 1910, Ziegfeld Follies. The idea of a black-featured performer amid an otherwise all-white show was a shock in 1910. Williams' initial reception was cool, and several cast members delivered an ultimatum to...
    • Bert Williams and George Walker

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    • Vaudeville perfumers Bert Williams (left) and George Walker in blackface and comic outfits on the 1903 cover to the sheet music for 'I'm a Jonah Man' (from the musical In Dahomey). Bert Williams was one of the pre-eminent entertainers of the...
    • Bert Williams

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    • Cabinet card. Bert Williams was one of the pre-eminent entertainers of the Vaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians for all audiences of his time. He was by far the best-selling black recording artist before 1920. Williams was a key...
    • Bert Williams

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    • Bert Williams, George Walker, Ada Overton Walker in Bandana Land, 1908. Bert Williams was one of the pre-eminent entertainers of the Vaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians for all audiences of his time. He was by far the best-selling...
    • Bert Williams

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    • Photo portrait of Vaudeville star Bert Williams, seen standing, with a lit cigarette in right hand. Bert Williams was one of the pre-eminent entertainers of the Vaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians for all audiences of his time. He...
    • Bert Williams

    • Ziegfeld follies
    • Williams in blackface on sheet music cover for 'It's Nobodys Business But My Own' for the 1919 Ziegfeld Frolic. Bert Williams was one of the pre-eminent entertainers of the Vaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians for all audiences of...
    • Bert Williams

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    • Bert Williams was one of the pre-eminent entertainers of the Vaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians for all audiences of his time. He was by far the best-selling black recording artist before 1920. Williams was a key figure in the...
    • Bert Williams

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    • Cabinet card image of American minstrel performer Bert Williams. Bert Williams was one of the pre-eminent entertainers of the Vaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians for all audiences of his time. He was by far the best-selling black...
    • Bert Williams

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    • Photo portrait of Vaudeville star Bert Williams in blackface with cigarette. Bert Williams was one of the pre-eminent entertainers of the Vaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians for all audiences of his time. He was by far the...
    • Rake's Progress

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    • Finally insane and violent, in the eighth painting he ends his days in Bethlehem Hospital (Bedlam), London's celebrated mental asylum. Only Sarah Young is there to comfort him, but Rakewell continues to ignore her. While some of the details in...

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