Toledo: n.p., (1903?). Broadside. Very good. Item #21111 .
Single printed sheet 6 by 12 inches on what was originally purple paper now nicely toned at the edges to tan.
The production took place at Toledo's famous Valentine Theater. Undated but it mentions a sale of seats on Thursday, March 26th. The theater opened in 1896 and was converted to film in 1918. A 1911 Playbill calls that year's performance the 12th season of Ben Hur, though not necessarily at the Valentine. The most logical date for this broadside is 1903, though 1908 cannot be ruled out.
The broadside bears a cut of the chariot race signed in the plate by Clark. And it promises 8 thoroughbred horses running at top speed on stage.
Klaw and Erlanger were an entertainment partnership from 1888 to 1919. In 1896 they held an effective monopoly over the booking of stage performances across the US. This lasted until 1910 under pressure from the Schubert family.
There is a small nick at the top of the broadside, some edge sunning else this is in very good condition, remarkably preserved considering the poor quality of the paper.