1. Magician Posters

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    In the late 1800s and early 1900s, magic shows enthralled the American public. Levitation, apparitions, sorcery, mind reading, supernatural events -- magic shows had it all. As magic acts traveled the nation, they advertised their arrival with posters and memorabilia. These posters are timeless pieces of Americana. Their bold colors and strong imagery reveal everyday life in the early United States.

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    • Minstrel Posters

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      In the 1800s and early 1900s, minstrel shows enthralled the American public. They were the first uniquely American form of theatre, though they weren't without controversy. Minstrel shows featured performers in blackface, and they typically lampooned Americans of African descent. With three acts (the first focused on jokes and songs, the second on short entertainment routines, and the third a skit or short play), minstrel shows captivated audiences throughout the nation. As minstrel troupes traveled the nation, they advertised their arrival with posters and memorabilia. These posters are timeless pieces of Americana. Their bold colors and strong imagery reveal everyday life in the early United States -- an age when blacks had not yet won victories against racism.

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      • Native American Posters

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        In the 1800s and early 1900s, Indians enthralled the American public. Easterners were infatuated with stories of the frontier, and prints of chiefs and tribesman in authentic Indian dress were popular. These posters were some of the first to portray Indians with dignity and grace. Their bold colors and strong imagery reveal everyday life in the early United States -- an age when Native Americans still roamed freely across the American frontier. These posters are timeless pieces of Americana.

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        • Was There A Gilded Age? Was There A Progressive Era?

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          Jan. 25, 2012 - Dr. Alan Lessoff, an American and urban history professor from Illinois State University, visited the McConnell Center as part of its "Remembering America" public lecture series. Dr. Lessoff discussed the origin of terms such as "Gilded Age" and "Progressive Era" and whether such nomenclature accurately reflects the dynamics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in America. The McConnell Center is a non-profit, non-partisan department at the University of Louisville.

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          • Performer Posters

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            In the late 1800s and early 1900s, stage actors and singers were the preferred source of entertainment for millions of Americans. In an age before radio or television, these performers could only be successful by becoming household names. Actors and musicians advertised their talents and their names with posters, hoping to make it big. These classic prints are timeless pieces of Americana. Their bold colors and strong imagery reveal everyday life in the early United States.

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            • Stage Spectacular Posters

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              In the late 1800s and early 1900s, spectacular stage productions enthralled the American public. Huge sets, fierce battles, booming explosions, elaborate costumes -- stage spectaculars had it all. As productions traveled the nation, they advertised their arrival with posters and memorabilia. These classic prints are timeless pieces of Americana. Their bold colors and strong imagery reveal everyday life in the early United States.

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              • Stock Posters

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                In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Americans found their entertainment through the performing arts. Many shows were unable to afford the costs of personalized or custom posters, so artists created stock posters that could be used for a variety of shows. As productions traveled the nation, they used these posters to advertise their arrival. These classic prints are timeless pieces of Americana. Their bold colors and strong imagery reveal everyday life in the early United States.

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                • Theatrical Posters

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                  In the late 1800s and early 1900s, theatrical stage productions enthralled the American public. Famous actors, beautiful dancers, compelling plots -- theatrical performances had it all. As productions traveled the nation, they advertised their arrival with posters and memorabilia. These classic prints are timeless pieces of Americana. Their bold colors and strong imagery reveal everyday life in the early United States.

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                  • Vaudeville Posters

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                    In the late 1800s and early 1900s, vaudeville stage productions enthralled the American public. Famous actors, beautiful dancers, compelling plots -- vaudeville performances had it all. As productions traveled the nation, they advertised their arrival with posters and memorabilia. These classic prints are timeless pieces of Americana. Their bold colors and strong imagery reveal everyday life in the early United States.

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                    • Wild West Posters

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                      In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Wild West shows defined American entertainment. Horses, Indians, covered wagons, battles -- the shows had it all. As Wild West acts traveled the nation, they advertised their arrival with posters and memorabilia. These posters are timeless pieces of Americana. Their bold colors and strong imagery reveal everyday life in early America.

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