Poster for entertainment from Monday, 8 February 1892, at the Royal Canterbury Theatre of Varieties
Printer: Stevens, Geo.
Medium: Print on paper
Among the many well known names appearing on this poster for variety entertainment at the Royal Canterbury Theatre of Varieties are Bessie Bellwood (1847-1896), famous for her cockney humour and rousing songs, and Gus Elen (1862-1940), the cockney comedian. Alongside these artistes, Aama "Eve's tallest daughter", "the handsome Russian giant 'Germack'", and "the smallest comedian on earth 'Col. Ulpts'" are also listed. Exhibitions of human oddities, or 'freak shows' as they were known in the 19th century, were popular attractions. Such curious sights as bearded ladies, armless wonders, midgets and giants were displayed in the music halls for public entertainment.