Item #413 [American Cowboy Musicians] Collection of 8 Rare English Theater Broadsides Featuring The Lester Family--Cowboy Comedians, Cowboy Syncopators and American Musical Burlesque 1932-1942. John Lester, Harry, Burton.
[American Cowboy Musicians] Collection of 8 Rare English Theater Broadsides Featuring The Lester Family--Cowboy Comedians, Cowboy Syncopators and American Musical Burlesque 1932-1942
[American Cowboy Musicians] Collection of 8 Rare English Theater Broadsides Featuring The Lester Family--Cowboy Comedians, Cowboy Syncopators and American Musical Burlesque 1932-1942
[American Cowboy Musicians] Collection of 8 Rare English Theater Broadsides Featuring The Lester Family--Cowboy Comedians, Cowboy Syncopators and American Musical Burlesque 1932-1942
[American Cowboy Musicians] Collection of 8 Rare English Theater Broadsides Featuring The Lester Family--Cowboy Comedians, Cowboy Syncopators and American Musical Burlesque 1932-1942
[American Cowboy Musicians] Collection of 8 Rare English Theater Broadsides Featuring The Lester Family--Cowboy Comedians, Cowboy Syncopators and American Musical Burlesque 1932-1942
[American Cowboy Musicians] Collection of 8 Rare English Theater Broadsides Featuring The Lester Family--Cowboy Comedians, Cowboy Syncopators and American Musical Burlesque 1932-1942
[American Cowboy Musicians] Collection of 8 Rare English Theater Broadsides Featuring The Lester Family--Cowboy Comedians, Cowboy Syncopators and American Musical Burlesque 1932-1942
Lester, John, Harry & Burton

[American Cowboy Musicians] Collection of 8 Rare English Theater Broadsides Featuring The Lester Family--Cowboy Comedians, Cowboy Syncopators and American Musical Burlesque 1932-1942

[Broadsides][Americana] Collection of Eight Rare English Theater Broadsides Featuring The Lester Family--Cowboy Comedians, Cowboy Syncopators and American Musical Burlesque 1932-1942. 10 x 30 inches.

Eight broadsides approximately 10 x 30 inches printed on various color of newsprint-type paper utilizing two-color printing and amazing variety of font styles and sizes. Most have previous folds. Light chipping and small tears to edges of the broadsides. Have been stored rolled. Very Good Condition overall.

Highly colorful collection of striking broadsides dating to 1932-1942 England. The common denominator is all the broadsides feature the American traveling carnival, comedic and cowboy musical family of John Lester and his sons Harry & Burton. A consummate showman, John Lester cut his teeth with the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus but soon went on his own producing Wild West shows incorporating his sons playing a wide variety of instruments, and performing acrobatics, tightrope walking, and even a trapeze act.

The family first toured England in 1915 and spent a good part of their working years entertaining the English creating acts to whatever was the current popular fad. By the 1930's the Lesters were capitalizing on Britain's continued fascination with American "culture" (a holdover from the hugely popular Wild West shows) presenting syncopated cowboy music and comedy skits, Hollywood Revues, "Hillbilly" music and even traveling with the Georgia Jubilee Singers in Songs of Slavery Days.

Harry and Burton soon became a fixture on BBC Radio with their Wild West revue featuring "Harry Lester and His Hayseeds", performing novelty versions of Western and hillbilly music, calling themselves 'country cousins'.

The Lesters were joined on stage by a wide variety of traveling troupes in these fast-paced shows sometimes featuring eight to ten acts, usually performing twice nightly.

These cheaply produced broadsides truly are the definition of ephemera with millions likely printed yet relatively few surviving 80 to 90 years later. Wonderful artifacts of a unique cultural period in Great Britain. Item #413

Price: $900.00

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