1915 Minstrel Show program Long Branch New Jersey Fire Dept.

$35.00 CAD

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Pamphlet with burlesque and music show held by local Fire Department. Nice snapshot of songs of the early WW1 period, with interesting local ads.

OCEANIC Engine and Truck Company, No. 1 L.B.F.D.

Broadway Theatre Feb. 10 1915 Long Branch, N.J.

Cover has what appears to be black-face performer.

Pamphlet is almost entirely composed of advertising, except for two center pages which list the performance program for the evening and the back cover which has a list of committee members.


  • Interlocutor, End Men, Premiers, Chorus
  • March, Opening Chorus, End Song (‘He’s a Rag picker’ -Berlin), End Song, Solo, End Song (‘Roll Them Cotton Bales’ – Johnson), Duet, End Song, End Song, Closing Chorus
  • Intermission of Seven Minutes
  • Overture (‘Through the Panama Canal’)
  • ‘A Study in Charcoal’
  • ‘The High Licence Court’ Closing Burlesque
  • Exit March

Slice of life in the 1910s Ads for:

  • ‘Garden of Allah’ perfume at Wert’s Pharmacy
  • Demmett;s Orchestra ‘Snappy Music for the Modern Dances’
  • B. Shreman & Sons Hay and Grain
  • John Heldt Schlitz Milwaukee Beer
  • Herman Kothe Table Luxuries
  • McCues Dairy Pasteurized and Sterilized Milk & Cream
  • ….

16 pages including covers. Thick coarse paper covers, thick paper pages inside.

Tears on the cover. Some paper loss on back cover where pamphlet was glued in an album.

6 ¾” x 5 1/8”


I do not support the sentiments expressed in this document. I offer it as a testament of the culture of those times.

The Paramount Theatre opened as the Broadway Theatre in Long Branch, New Jersey on August 1, 1912. The project was commissioned by theater magnate Walter Reade on the site of an old Episcopal church. The 1,772 seat Broadway began showing plays and vaudeville performances before transitioning over to film.