"BAR ROOM" THEATRICAL POSTER
"Ten Nights in a Bar-room", four color lithograph pasted to board in frame, Donaldson Litho Co., USA, ca. 1800s/early 1900s; 77" x 38"; "Ten Nights in a Bar-room and What I Saw There," an 1854 novel, was the second most popular book of the Victorian Era, exceeded only by "Uncle Tomуs Cabin." It is the story of a man swindled out of his business. He turns to drink. His daughter dies when hit by a glass during a bar brawl. He is reborn and runs for mayor. The book, the first work to openly call for the prohibition of liquor, became a popular theatrical melodrama, a Hollywood movie in 1926 and then again in 1931. Neither Rago nor outside poster experts consulted have ever seen this image and research to date has yielded no results.
Sale Price: $3,250
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
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