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From Private Collection, PC.2175. Rusty Williams Tent Show Collection. William Exer (Rusty) Williams (1897-1973) was a comedian who worked initially in minstrels, then in the vaudeville circuit from the 1910’s to 1950. From his teen years he worked in tent and traveling shows of some of the major vaudeville stages of his day. His wife, Dorothy and two young daughters, Wilma and Billie, became part of his own show in the late 1920s and on. He hauled the tents from booking to booking, setting up in empty lots in small towns. Dottie made the costumes, while Rusty was on stage in clown and blackface skits, the girls tap danced between reels of old movies, and Dottie played the piano for them all. Blackface ceased to be a draw, and offensive to many. Television, drive-in movies, and attractive movie theaters lured many customers away, and Rusty Williams took down his last tent in 1950.

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From Private Collection, PC.2175. Rusty Williams Tent Show Collection. William Exer (Rusty) Williams (1897-1973) was a comedian who worked initially in minstrels, then in the vaudeville circuit from the 1910’s to 1950. From his teen years he worked in tent and traveling shows of some of the major vaudeville stages of his day. His wife, Dorothy and two young daughters, Wilma and Billie, became part of his own show in the late 1920s and on. He hauled the tents from booking to booking, setting up in empty lots in small towns. Dottie made the costumes, while Rusty was on stage in clown and blackface skits, the girls tap danced between reels of old movies, and Dottie played the piano for them all. Blackface ceased to be a draw, and offensive to many. Television, drive-in movies, and attractive movie theaters lured many customers away, and Rusty Williams took down his last tent in 1950.

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movies in theaters
Image by State Archives of North Carolina
From Private Collection, PC.2175. Rusty Williams Tent Show Collection. William Exer (Rusty) Williams (1897-1973) was a comedian who worked initially in minstrels, then in the vaudeville circuit from the 1910’s to 1950. From his teen years he worked in tent and traveling shows of some of the major vaudeville stages of his day. His wife, Dorothy and two young daughters, Wilma and Billie, became part of his own show in the late 1920s and on. He hauled the tents from booking to booking, setting up in empty lots in small towns. Dottie made the costumes, while Rusty was on stage in clown and blackface skits, the girls tap danced between reels of old movies, and Dottie played the piano for them all. Blackface ceased to be a draw, and offensive to many. Television, drive-in movies, and attractive movie theaters lured many customers away, and Rusty Williams took down his last tent in 1950.

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