December 13, 2011

Vaudeville and Burlesque of 1898-1910


What sort of entertainment could Soapy enjoy in Denver of the late 1890s besides his usual daily regiment of saloons and gambling houses? Vaudeville, variety theaters, hurdy-gurdy houses, and even burlesque dens filled the void between staring at the paintings and prints on the walls of the local saloon and dressing up nice for an evening at the concert theater. Below are two videos of early entertainment between 1898 -1910. I prefer "part two" myself. 

Part one

Part two

Jeff Smith


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