Our Own Paper [caption title].

[St. Louis? n. p., ca. 1863-1869?]. Unbound sheet, 12 x 8.75 inches, [4] pages. Woodcut portrait of Cushman signed in the image W. Mackwitz, St. Louis. Large, light damp-stain to about half the sheet; a little soiled and worn; in good condition. Item #19520

Promotional newspaper puffing the performances of Le Grand B. Cushman, touted as the first lecturer and humorist to have toured Kansas; there is much here on his mimicry, his benefit performances for the Kansas settlers, a sample program, and the comic possibilities of Cushman’s three-foot beard. The promotional material here includes allusions to phrenological lecturing. Despite some overly optimistic speculation that Le Grand B. Cushman was an early alter ego of Harriet Wood (later celebrated as Major Pauline Cushman; see William Christen, Pauline Cushman: Spy of the Cumberland), Le Grand Cushman’s appearance in newspapers as late as 1869—when a squib in the November 27, 1869 number of the Junction City (Kansas) Weekly Union notes Le Grand’s upcoming appearance and the sale of his Our Own Paper at the local post office. OCLC notes a holding at AAS only.

Price: $275.00

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