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Old Time Newark and Newark Theaters, C. E. Blair: Scrapbooks) (1930s?)
RepositoryNewark Public Library, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center
Collection ID974.932 H624
Size2 volumes
Collection Description
These two scrapbooks consist of typed pages illustrated with color and black and white images cut from magazines and other publications, and a few original photographs. The material was apparently compiled and the text extracted from various published sources by C. E. Blair. Most pages are headed by topical titles and "C. E. B.," C. E. Blair, collection," "From Blair's scrapbook," or a similar note. The first volume, entitled "History of Old Time Newark and New Jersey," is mostly devoted to general historical accounts and anecdotes. The second volume consists of typed lists of theatrical performances, magic shows, and other entertainments, extracted from newspaper notices. The illustrations (portraits, scenes from plays, printed summaries of plays, etc.) are cut from publicity material, advertisements, programs, books, and periodicals; also included are some original photographs of general Newark subjects. Each page is headed by the name and address of a Newark theater, and in some cases, "C. E. Blair collection, 1832-1932."

It appears that the scrapbooks were compiled in the 1930s, with one item added later. The bulk of the lists and other data record events from the late nineteenth century to ca. 1910, but there are entries going back to the 1840s and into the 1920s. The (apparently) added item, found in the second volume, is a photograph of a street scene dated 1963.
FormatTextual materials
SubjectsArchitecture / Building; Colonial Era; Leisure Activities / Clubs / Societies; Revolutionary War; Theater / Performing Arts; Transportation
Time Period20th Century
Access policyOpen for research