“Pictures of the Booths”

I thought this 1896 article containing pictures of the Booth family was worth sharing.  Click it to enlarge and read:

Pictures of the Booths - Baltimore American 7-12-1896 Click to enlarge

Pictures of the Booths – Baltimore American 7-12-1896
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I’ve never seen the “unpublished” image of a young Junius Brutus Booth before, nor have I seen anything other than this line drawing of Rosalie Booth. Reading this article certainly makes me want to visit The Players to see if they still have the originals of these pictures in their collection.

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  1. I have actually seen this article before. Supposedly this is the only image of Rosalie. Not sure who in the heck is Mary Edwina Booth. Perhaps it was supposed to be Edwin’s second wife Mary? Great post Dave!

    • I’ve seen the drawing of Rosalie before, Carolyn, but I’m excited at the prospect that it is based off a photograph that might have been donated to The Players. It would take a visit there to verify as they don’t really take research requests.

      Also Mary Edwina Booth is probably Marion “Mary” Booth, June’s daughter with his second wife, Harriet Mace. Marion received $10,000 from her uncle Edwin when he died.

  2. Richard Sloan

    I found this article in the Billy Rose Theatre Collection at the NYPL in Lincoln Center. I published one or more of these line drawings in my old Lincoln Log newsletter. One of them was of Rosalie, which was our first glimpse of what she looked like. I then went to the Players Club Library armed with the article and asked librarian Louis Rachow to bring me all the Booth family photos he could come up with and I searched for Rosalie’s. It wasn’t there. This was perhaps in 1979. It’s intriguing, isn’t it? I think there’s a short letter from Rosalie — maybe to Edwin — in the same NYPL branch, in their “Special Collections.” . They may have given me the OK to have it xeroxed there, and if so, I have it in my file on the Booth family. I’d love to check my file for you on this, but I am not sure I can get to it quickly. I’ll try, though, and will get back to you one way or the other tomorrow,

    • Richard,

      Don’t strain yourself. I already have a copy of Rosalie’s letter (probably from the Log, now that I think about it). It’s too bad you came up empty on finding the image this drawing is based on at The Players. I wonder if they had it filed elsewhere. Like under the name of the man who donated the pictures, for instance. I don’t know.

      Someday I will have to visit The Players for research. I already have a list going of a few things.

  3. John C. Fazio


    I have been to The Players. At my request, one of their managers took me up to the third floor and showed me the bed in which Edwin died. As I recall, it was in 1893, or something about that time. It is a small bed, somewhat more than a cot, but not too much more. The bed clothing, which, he said, was original, i.e. the clothing used when Edwin died, is still there. He also took the time to show me what I will call the “inner sanctum” which is a remote room, also on the third floor, as I remember, in which there are tons of records, correspondence, books, etc., some in file cabinets, some on shelves, all dusty and musty, as if no one has looked at them in decades. He told me they do not have the manpower or resources to bring order out of the chaos, presumably because there isn’t much demand for the same. It is still a fine club, with famous members and nice facilities. I would like to join, but it is too expensive for the limited use I would make of it. While I was there, I caught a pianist playing one of my favorite songs for a star-studded assembly– “You go to my head”. So I sang the song for the glitterati and got a nice reaction. One of those memorable moments.

  4. J. Beckert

    That’s also the only view of Joseph Booth I’ve seen. Nice job, Dave!

    • Anthony Classick

      I have loads of photos, probably never seen before, They are around if you know where to hunt.

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