[New York: n. p., ca. 1875?]. Image approx. 3.25 x 2.25 inches on a slightly larger printed mount with promotional text on the verso. A little wear at the corners in very good condition. Item #16218
The printed reverse of the card includes Villiers' title of "The American Humorist" and titles of his four humorous lectures (viz. "Funny People We Meet" or "Mirth and Mimicry"), along with flattering notices from the press: "These entertainments of Dr. J. Jay Villiers' are especially amusing from the great variety of facial expression which he assumes in imitating characters.--New York Tribune." The collage indeed shows a wide variety of grimaces and grins and ludicrous expressions. Besides his obvious thespian talents, Villiers also attached his name as editor to a cheap Ogilve humor anthology, Laughing Gas [ca. 1874], which included unsigned contributions from Mark Twain taken from California newspapers.