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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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Identifier: independen89v90newy
Title: The Independent
Year: 1849 (1840s)
Publisher: New York : S.W. Benedict
Contributing Library: Robarts – University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto

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hildrenattend the theater, the quality of the entertain-ment they choose and its effect upon them. E.H. Chandler). Current Opinion, October, 1915(Immoral morality of the movies). Education,February, 1915 (Motion picture theater and thechild. F. R. Willard). Good Housekeeping,August, 1910 (A primary school for criminals.W. A. McKeever). Hibbert Journal, July, 1913(Child and the cinematograph show. H. D.Rawnsley ; Educational influence of the cinema-tograph. Edward Lyttleton). Journal of theAmerican Institute of Criminal Law and Ci imin-ology, January, 1911 (Responsibility of the mov-ing picture show for crime). Literary Digest,September 18, 1915 (Movie crimes against goodtaste). National Education Association, Pro-ceedings, 1912 (Effect on education and moralsof the moving picture shows. ,J. R. Fulk).Outlook, July 26, 1916 (Movie manners andmorals), Pedagogical Seminary, June, 1910.(Moving pictures in relation to education, healthdelinquency and crime. J. E. V. Wallin). Pictures 2^x4%

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