# 38970


[AUSTRALIAN THEATRE] Miss Maud Fanning in blackface.

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[Melbourne : Art Series, 1905]. Lithographic postcard, 136 x 89 mm, recto with full-length portrait of Australian vaudeville star Maud Fanning in blackface; mailed locally in Melbourne, from Richard B. Sheridan to Miss L. Storey in Windsor, postmark dated December 28 1905; endorsed on the front with sender’s name and date of receipt ‘Dick 06’; corner crease bottom right, otherwise in good condition.

Maud Fanning (born Newcastle, New South Wales, 1874, died Brisbane, 1945), singer, impersonator, comic and actress, was arguably Australia’s most popular blackface performer in the vaudeville theatre of the 1890s and early 1900s.

For a detailed biography of Fanning, see the AustLit website https://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/page/A111806

Another copy of this postcard is held in the NLA (David Elliott theatrical postcard collection), where it is dated ‘between 1890 and 1920’. However, the postmark date on the example we offer here allows for a significantly more precise dating.