V is for Vaudeville Dogs

Frances White in Dressing Room
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
George Grantham Bain Collection

Frances White was best known for her rendition of Mississippi (the spelling song). I couldn’t find any information about the dog.

Artist and Dog Arrive by Melbourne Express
10/12/1937
Courtesy  of the State Library of New South Yales

In this photo the dog is the vaudeville star and nothing is known about the man.

Biographical Note – “Toy, a half-bred Scotch terrier”, who appeared in the J.C. Williamson production ‘Balalaika’, which ran at the Sydney Theatre Royal from 16 December 1937 to 4 March 1938. The other chap might be the musical’s director, Frederick Blackman (who, per this SMH item, was evidently impressed by Toy)…or perhaps a member of the cast…or perhaps even a NSW Railways Dept dog handler! American actor Robert Halliday was the male star of ‘Balalaika’, but it’s not him. 

Performing Dogs, Sydney
c 1937
Courtesy of the  of the State Library of New South Wales

Source of Photographs:

Frances White in Dressing Room, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-25103. No known restrictions on publication.

Artist and Dog Arrive by Melbourne Express, State Library of New South Yales, Hood Collection part I : Sydney streets, buildings, people, activities and events, ca. 1925-1955, Home and Away – 16031. No known copyright restrictions.

Performing Dogs, Sydney via the State Library of New South Yales Collection’s photostream on Flickr. No known copyright restrictions.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s