Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ching Ling Foo and His Own Company of 14 -- January 13, 2016

New York Tribune, 13-July-1913

Ching Ling Foo (Chee Ling Qua) was a Chinese-born magician who toured the United States in vaudeville and the Ziegfeld Follies.  Here he played at Oscar Hammerstein's Paradise Roof Garden.  Roof Gardens were popular during the summer as a way to escape the heat.

Ina Claire was a popular actress.  Aida Overton Walker, Queen of the Cakewalk, was an African-American performer and the wife of Bert Williams' partner, George Walker.

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