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Playbill-Somerville Players-"Seven Keys to Baldpate"
At left are the members of Somerville Theatre Players in 1930, a stock company that performed in the theater of the same name from 1915 until 1932. Stock companies were small acting groups that, unlike touring companies, were permanently located in one city. performed locally. The grueling schedule followed by the Somerville Players was typical of stock companies: a new play each week with 10-12 performances a week. While the permanent members of the troupe were Somerville residents, the group's performances often featured temporary guest actors who went on to national careers. During the winter of 1919 Tallulah Bankhead performed with the Somerville Players. She describes the intense pace in a letter to her grandfather: "We rehearse every morning from nine till twelve and then lunch, then a matinee every day, then dinner, then evening performances. I am nearly dead now and I have only been here a week." The Somerville Players offered to keep her on, but she was unhappy with her accommodations as well as the unrelenting performance schedule. Bankhead couldn't have known it then, but stock companies were in their final years. Their audience faded with the addition of sound to motion pictures and the arrival of the Great Depression.
Thumbnail: engraving of Massachusetts General Hospital January 2011 Thumbnail: portrait of Ruth WalkerDecember 2010
Thumbnail: Franklin Rooselvelt and personal secretary Marguerite "Missy" LeHand November 2010 Thumbnail: Mellin's Food Boy advertisement October 2010
Thumbnail: black girl child laborer September 2010 Thumbnail: map of American Revolutionary fortifications on Winter Hill and Prospect Hill August 2010
Thumbnail: Frontispiece engraving-"The Death of Warren"June 2009 Thumbnail: Audubon print of osprey catching fishMay 2009

 

 

Thumbnail: car staring at dog on movie screen in Somerville GatesApril 2009

Thumbnail: early picture of College Hall, Tufts University March 2009

 

Thumbnail: early picture of Winter Hill Railroad Station, Somerville, MAFebruary 2009

Thumbnail: Round House, Somerville, MAOctober 2008
Thumbnail: trade card with two Chinese playing with large ball advertising J.Weild, BakerSeptember 2008 Thumbnail: old picture of Powder House, Somerville, MAJuly 2008
Thumbnail: old drawing of Prospect Hill, Somerville, MAJune 2008 Thumbnail: bounty notice on musquashes and mink in the Middlesex CanalMay 2008
Thumbnail: Liberty Bell on tourApril 2008

 

 

 

Thumbnail: Mystic Avenue storm drain, Somerville, MAMarch 2008

 

Thumbnail: cows scull on Somerville Library exterior friezeDecember 2007

 

Thumbnail: Cuban lottery ticket from November 1898November 2007

Thumbnail: trade card for Burdock's Blood BittersOctober 2007

 

Thumbnail: calendar for The Fisher SchoolsSeptember 2007

 

Thumbnail: American Bandstand trade card for Bobby "Boris" PickettAugust 2007

 

 

Thumbnail: Somerville Police Department "wanted for murder" reward posterJuly 2007