Posted 10 years ago
Sideshow and circus freak photographer Frank Wendt had another line of work. He made hundreds of cabinet card photographs of early vaudeville child actresses to be sold by the performers as souvenirs. Managers and promoters sold these at the stage door, often with autographs, for a dime. Young women "earners" from the tawdry and tainted early days of American show business. These children had a hard life. Child labor laws did not apply, and most faded from the stage not long after growing up. Hoofers and Sweethearts: The Little Women of Frank Wendt collects 80 of the cabinet cards together for the first time.
Cabinet Card Photographs by Frank Wendt circa 1900 Collection Jim Linderman Dull Tool Dim Bulb