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Six photographic postcards of Australian actor Oscar Asche in stage costume, 1905-1912.

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[U.K. : various publishers, 1905-1912]. Six photographic postcards (average 140 x 90 mm), depicting Asche in costume for his starring roles in different plays on the London stage including The Two Pins, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello and Count Hannibal; three are postally used, with postmarks dated 1905, 1910 and 1912; all are in good condition.

Australian-born actor Oscar Asche had achieved his first success on the London stage in the 1890s; in June 1898 he married English Shakespearian actress Lily Brayton. By 1907 Mr. and Mrs. Asche had become co-managers of His Majesty’s Theatre, London. The couple made tours of Australia in 1909-10 and 1911-12. Oscar Asche is best remembered for his own 1916 play Chu Chin Chow, in which Lily starred alongside her husband in over 2,000 performances. This musical was immensely popular in England, the United States and Australia, where it toured in 1920. Asche made a final visit to Australia, under contract to the promoter J.C. Williamson, during 1922-24. Lily did not accompany him on this tour, but continued to act and produce plays through the 1930s. After Oscar’s death in 1936, Lily married again, but, having also outlived her second husband, her ashes were buried in the grave of her first husband near her former home in Bisham, Berkshire.