ACTRESS SYLVIA GERRISH– CABINET CARD - RISQUE - NEWSBOY PHOTO
Cabinet Card. 6 1/2" x 4 1/4" . View of actress Sylvia GerrishLilian Elmore, printed on bottom of mount. Sylvia Gerrish was an American musical theatre performer who found success in New York and London in the 1880s and early 1890s. She was known as "The Girl with the Poetical Legs". In the late 1880s, she became known for a love affair with Henry G. Hilton that cost the millionaire's son his fortune. After Hilton's first wife died, Gerrish lived with him in increasing poverty. Hilton died in 1905, and the following year Gerrish died alone and in debt, in Hilton's dilapidated mansion, at the age of 46.
Newsboy, New York photographers imprint. Newsboy was a brand of plug tobacco and Newsboy photographs were given away as a premium by tobacconists and drug stores who sold the tobacco. The images were produced by the National Tobacco Works of New York. Rather risque for the period. Ca. 1890s. Exhibits minor soiling and wear, slight damage in t/l corner, o/w Very Good- Fine.