Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Frank Wendt Hoofers and Sweethearts Frank Wendt's Little Women

In Photographs > Cabinet Card Photographs > Show & Tell and Cards > Trade Cards > Show & Tell.
Cabinet Card Photographs270 of 403Cabinet Card of Thomas De Witt Talmage (mid-1870s)Kinfolk
Love it
Like it

auraaura loves this.
ho2cultchaho2cultcha loves this.
crabbykinscrabbykins loves this.
filmnetfilmnet loves this.
inkyinky loves this.
vintagemadvintagemad loves this.
walksoftlywalksoftly loves this.
AmberRoseAmberRose loves this.
ManikinManikin loves this.
See 7 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 6 years ago

    (203 items)

    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


    1. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
      Love on the cards and sad for the kids and adults that had to do this job . I great piece of history and hope it never repeats . Great post to remind us all of these times !

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.