Carte de visite 4 1/8 x 4 3/8. “Miss Louise Montague. Engaged by Adam Forepaugh for thirty weeks at a salary of $10,00 to appear in the great pageant Lalla Rookh”. Scholl Studio, Philadelphia photographer’s backmark.
Louise Montague’s career on the New York Stage dated to 1879, where she appeared as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore at Miner’s New Theatre in the Bowery. In 1881 The Police Gazette reported that, following a nationwide search, Louise Montague, described as a burlesque actress and singer, had been awarded $10,000 after being judged to be the most beautiful woman in America, and subsequently engaged by Adam Forepaugh to appear on tour in his heavily publicized pageant Lalla Rookh. Forepaugh staged his first Lalla-Rookh spectacle , a circus show based on the story of Moore’s poem,which was so successful that the production ran for years .
Miss Montague's stage career extended into the 1890s.
<BR> Exhibits some use and wear, light , non distinctive crease in background area, overall Vg- Fine condition.