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With the release of the new book Broadway Dame: The Life & Times of Mrs. Henry B. Harris by TIS members Randy Bryan Bigham and Gregg Jasper, this month we’ll feature a few collectibles related to Henry B. and Renee Harris.
Here is a pair of original half sheets for Henry B. Harris’ ‘The Country Boy’. This was a big hit for him in 1910. Less than 2 years later he was lost on the Titanic. Advertising for Harris productions are rare, especially the posters, but they can be found and make great additions for the passenger collectors.
Theater programs for their shows are a bit easier to find and also make great collectibles. Here’s one with an interesting twist… it’s for Henry B. Harris’ The Quaker Girl playing at the Park Theatre. The date of the program is for the week of April 8, 1912.
Renee did a 7 page interview for Liberty magazine in their April 23, 1932 issue. This is a good one to find for the bibliophile collector.
If you can get really lucky you can even find items with a direct connection to Henry B. or Renee. Here’s a telegram Henry sent on Christmas Eve 1910 and correspondence from Renee dated 1968.
(TIS Trustee Michael Beatty collection)