Felix Fantus Theater Scrapbook

Dates: 1901-1907
Size: 1 Scrapbook
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: SPE: Archives_CTC_FFT
Provenance: Transferred to Special Collections
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Felix Fantus Theatre Scrapbook, [Page #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library

Scope and Content

The Felix Fantus Theater Scrapbook is one of some twenty-five scrapbooks which were transferred to the Special Collections Division from various departments within the library system. The volume—a cloth-covered office ledger—was originally used to contain the minutes of the Webster Literary and Debating Society of North Division High School, of which Mr. Fantus was Recording Secretary from October 1900 to January 1901.

During the 1901-1902 season, Felix Fantus was an extremely active theatregoer attending and collecting playbills from shows at the Grand Opera House, Illinois, Powers’, Dearborn and McVicker’s theaters. Many of the programs are annotated with his opinions of the performances.

On June 8, 1902 Mr. Fantus made his first appearance on the stage, as a supernumerary at McVicker’s. Subsequently he played small parts with regional stock companies. Further details of his theatrical career, if any, are unknown, but pp.329-336 of this scrapbook contain clippings, notes, and programs of these early appearances.

The remainder of the volume contains additional programs from Chicago and elsewhere, 1903-1907.

Arrangement

While the scrapbook remains bound in its original order, the container list is organized alphabetically by production title. “L” indicates loose programs, an asterisk represents programs for non-Chicago productions.

Scrapbook Arrangement

  • Pages 3-79 Minutes of the Webster Literary and Debating Society, 257th-304th meetings, Feb. 17, 1899-Jan. 18, 1900 (sic; i.e., 1901)
  • Pages 91-272 “Programmes and Criticisms of Plays seen by Felix Fantus, beginning with Season 1901-1902 . . .”
  • Pages 273-336 “A Collection of Pictures of Stage Celebrities and Theatrical Articles of Interest, Gathered by Felix Fantus, Chicago, Commencing Season 1901-1902.”
  • Pages 348-453 Additional programs, 1903-1907

Container List

FFT:404* Abigail 1905 April 20
FFT:242 The Altar of Friendship 1902 November 17
FFT:118 Arizona 1902 January 27
FFT:371 Arrah-Na-Pogue 1903 April 12
FFT:401* Arrah-Na-Pogue undated
FFT:188 At The White Horse Tavern 1902 March 16
FFT:168 The Auctioneer 1902 April 20
FFT:259 Aunt Jeannie 1903 January 19
FFT:387 Babes in Toyland 1903 July 26
FFT:266 Barbara Frietchie 1903 February 1
FTT:193 The Bauble Shop 1902 April 27
FFT:367 Beau Brummel 1903 April 6
FFT:154 Beaucaire 1902 March 3
FFT:175 Because She Loved Him So 1901 September 29
FFT:132 The Bells 1901 December 2
FFT:126 Ben Hur 1901 September 9
FFT:110 Beyond Human Power 1901 December 30
FFT:240 The Billionaire 1902 November 24
FFT:114 The Bonnie Brier Rush Jan 13 1902
FFT:178 Brother Officers 1901 October 27
FFT:391 The Burgomaster 1903 August 9
FFT:399 Buster Brown June 11
FFT:447 Captain Careless 1907 May 12
FFT:144 Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines 1902 January 13
FFT:373 The Cardinal 1903 April 13
FFT:372 Carmen 1903 April 12
FFT:424* Carmen 1905 December 18
FFT:378 Carrots 1903 April 20
FFT:239 Charley’s Aunt 1902 November 30
FFT:225 Children of Satan 1902 October 19
FFT:385 A Chinese Honeymoon 1903
FFT:228 Chow-Chow Oct 26
FFT:243 The Christian undated
FFT:162 The Climbers 1901 December 2
FFT:405 Comedy of Errors July 14
FFT:378 The County Mouse 1903 April 20
FFT:402 The County Fair 1905 May 29
FFT:223 The Cricket on the Hearth 1902 October 6
FFT:380 The Crisis 1903 April 27
FFT:437 Cumberland ’61 1907 June 10
FFT:172 The Curl and the Judge 1922 May 19
FFT:158 D’Arcy of the Guards 1902 March 30
FFT:227 Daughter of Hamiker 1902 November 9
FFT:124 Divorcons 1909 February 24
FFT:177 Divorcons 1901 October 20
FFT:260 Dolly Varden 1903 January 26
FFT:181 Don Ceasar De Bazan 1901 November 24
FFT:370 Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1903 April 10
FFT:360 DuBarry undated
FFT:356 The Emerald Isle 1903 March
FFT:347 Everyman 1903 January 26
FFT:390 Facing the Music 1903 June 29
FFT:397* A Fair Rebel 1904 August 15
FFT:416 Fantana 1905 July 11
FFT:245 Faust 1902 December 1
FFT:194 Floradora 1902 May 11
FFT:209 Floradora undated
FFT:430 The Fool’s Revenge 1906 April 23
FFT:104 Francesca Da Rimini 1901 December 23
FFT:440 The Genius 1907 January 21
FFT: 98 A Gentleman of France 1901 November 4
FFT:382 Ghosts 1903 May 7
FFT:198 The Girl and the Judge 1902 April 28
FFT:421* Girl of the Golden West undated
FFT:451 Glorious Betsy 1907 May 13
FFT:224 Go Leben Wir 1902
FFT:250 The Governor’s Son 1902 December 21
FFT:438 The Great Divide 1907 February 4
FFT: 441 The Great Divide 1906 November 26
FFT:187 Greater Than King 1902 March 9
FFT: 214 The Harkriders 1902 September 28
FFT:441* Hedda Gabler 1907 November
FFT:156 The Henrietta 1902 April 6
FFT:172 Hoity-Toity 1902 May 19
FFT:116 The Hunchback 1902 April 28
FFT:247 If I Were King 1902 December 8
FFT:355 Impudence 1903 March 9
FTT:249 In Old Kentucky 1902 December 2
FTT:170 In the Palace of the King 1902 April 21
FTT:252 Iris 1902 December 15
FTT:393* Isle of Spice 1914 August 1
FFT:411 It Happened in Nordland 1905 June 25
FTT:258 The Joy of Living 1903 January 12
FFT:190 Julius Caesar 1902 April 6
FFT:222 Julius Caesar 1902 October 25
FFT:408 Kafoozelum 1905 June 11
FFT:185 A King and A Few Dukes 1902 February 2
FFT:136 King Charles I 1901 December 9
FFT:444* The Kreutzer Sonato 1906 August 13
FFT:426 La Tosca 1905 December 18
FFT:206 Lady of Lyons 1902 June 4
FFT:409 Land of Nod 1905 June 19
FFT: 95 The Last Appeal 1901 October 27
FFT:446* The Law and the Man undated
FFT:216 Lazarre 1902 September 22
FFT:223 Lend Me Five Shillings 1902 October 6
FFT:417 Lew Dockstader and his Great Minstrel Company 1905 July 26
FFT:186 The Liars 1902 February 23
FFT:160 The Liberty Belles 1902 April 6
FFT:427 The Lion and the Mouse 1905 December
FFT:152 The Little Duchess 1902 March 29
FFT:294 The Little Duchess undated
FTT: 377 The Little Duchess 1903 April 12
FFT:412 Little Johnny Jones 1905 July 2
FFT:192 The Little Minister 1902 April 20
FFT:189 Lord and Lady Algy 1902 March 30
FFT:140 Louis XIV 1901 December 16
FFT:134 Madame San-Gene 1901 December 2
FFT:106 Magda 1901 December 30
FFT:423 Man and Superman 1905 December 18
FFT:361 The Manxman 1903 March 15
FFT:113 Mariana 1902 January 6
FFT:331 The Married Bachelor August 25
FFT:226 Mary of Magdala 1902 October 27
FFT:183 The Masked Ball 1901 December 8
FFT:130 Merchant of Venice 1901 December 20
FFT:431 Merchant of Venice 1906 April 23
FFT:251 A Message From Mars undated
FFT:150 The Messenger Boy 1902 March 2
FFT:432 The Mexicana 1906 April 29
FFT:405 A Midsummer Night’s Dream July 14
FFT:403 The Millionaire Detective 1903 May 8
FFT:122 Miranda 1902 February 17
FFT:436 The Misanthrope 1906 May 8
FFT:102 Miss Bob White 1901 December 15
FFT:182 Miss Hobbs 1901 December 1
FFT:452 Miss Pocahontas 1907 June 10
FFT:100 Miss Simplicity 1901 November 17
FFT:232 Miss Simplicity 1902 November 16
FFT:334 Miss Texas September 15
FFT:244 Mr. Pickwick 1902 November 30
FFT:246 Mrs. Daves’ Defence 1902 December 7
FFT:395 Mrs. Temple’s Telegram 1905 June 26
FFT:442 Mrs. Wilson-Andrews 1907 February 2
FFT:405 Much Ado About Nothing July 14
FFT:353 The Mummy and the Hummingbird 1903 February 23
FFT:422 The Music Master 1905 December 18
FFT:132 Nance Oldfield 1901 December 2
FFT:138 Nance Oldfield 1901 December 16
FFT:167 Nathan Der Weise 1902 April 7
FFT:148 The New Yorker 1902 February 9
FFT:179 A Night Off 1901 November 3
FFT:402 Northern Lights undated
FFT:112 The Notorious Lights Mrs. Ebbsmith 1902 January 6
FFT:435 The Octoroon 1906 April 23
FFT:415 Oliver Twist 1905 July 10
FFT:174 The Only Way 1901 September 21
FFT:368 The Optimist 1903 April 6
FFT:396 Our New Minister 1904 July 10
FFT:397* Our Pastor undated
FFT:390 Over A Welsh Rarebit 1903 June 29
FFT:389 The Parish Priest 1905 May 1
FFT:369 A Parisian Romance 1903 April 9
FFT:394 Pawn Ticket 210 undated
FFT:354 Peggy From Paris undated
FFT:420* Peter Pan December 25
FFT:349 Pretty Peggy 1903 February 9
FFT:164 The Price of Peace 1901 December 8
FFT:116 Primrose and Dockstader’s Minstrels 1902 January 19
FFT:262 The Primrose Path 1903 January 11
FFT:414* The Prince Chap 1905 November 13
FFT:236 The Prince of Pilsen undated
FFT:401 The Princess and the Butterfly undated
FFT:374 The Professor’s Love Story 1903 April 13
FFT:291 Quality Street undated
FFT:379 Resurrection 1903 May 3
FFT:220 Rip Van Winkle 1902 October 6
FFT:404 Rip Van Winkle 1905 October 25
FFT:221 The Rivals 1902 October 13
FFT:439 The Road to Yesterday 1907 February 4
FFT:352 Robin Hood 1903 February 8
FFT:350 The Rogers Brothers in Harvard February 8
FFT:146 The Rogers Brothers in Washington 1902 January 19
FFT:383 Romeo and Juliet 1903 May 11
FFT:449 The Round-Up 1907 May 12
FFT:348 A Royal Family 1903 February 8
FFT: 94 A Royal Rogue 1901 October 13
FFT:363 Rubes and Roses 1903 March 16
FFT:238 Rupert of Hentzau 1902 November 23
FFT:191 Sag Harbor 1902 April 13
FFT:366 Sally In Our Alley 1903 April 5
FFT:128 San Toy 1901 November 17
FFT:436 The Scarlet Letter 1906 May 7
FFT:257 The Second Mrs. Tanqueray 1903 January 19
FFT:256 Sergeant James 1903 January 11
FFT:108 Sergeant James 1901 December 3
FFT:254 Sherlock Holmes 1903 January 12
FFT:180 The Sixth Commandment 1901 November 10
FFT:264 Sky Farm 1903 January 25
FFT:398 Sky Farm 1915 June 17
FFT:212 The Sleeping Beauty and the Beast 1902 September 28
FFT:425* A Society Circus 1905 December 13
FFT:253 Soldiers of Fortune 1902 December 29
FFT:400* Soldiers of Fortune 1905 May 8
FFT:184 The Starbucks 1901 December 15
FFT:386 The Stickiness of Gelatine 1903 May 18
FFT:204 The Storks 1902 May 25
FFT:142 The Strollers 1902 January 5
FFT:443 Strongheart 1907 February 11
FFT:355 The Stubborness of Geraldine 1903 March 23
FFT:208 The Suburban 1902 June 1
FFT: L Sultan of Sulu December 31
FFT:364 The Sword of the King 1903 March 9
FFT:450 The Tattooed Man 1907 May 12
FFT:362 The Tempest 1903 March 22
FFT:433 Texas 1906 April 20
FFT:376 The Tenderfoot 1903 April 19
FFT:429 The Three Graces 1906 April 30
FFT:453 The Three of Us 1907 June 2
FFT:448 The Time, The Place and the Girl 1907 April 28
FFT:375 Tom Pinch 1903 April 13
FFT:265 Too Much Johnson 1902 December 29
FFT:358 The Toreador 1903 March 2
FFT:263 Trelawny of the ‘Wells’ 1903 January 25
FFT:386 Twirly-Whirly 1903 May 18
FFT:200 Under Southern Skies 1902 May 5
FFT:120 The Unwelcome Mrs. Hatch 1902 February 3
FFT: 19* Vaudeville 1905 November 19
FFT:388* Vaudeville 1904 August 4
FFT:218 The Vinegar Buyer 1902 October 5
FFT:445 The Virginian 1906 August 9
FFT:413* Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphony Orchestra 1905 November 19
FFT:248 The Way of the World 1902 December 7
FFT:176 The Way to Win a Woman 1901 October 13
FFT:205 Weber and Fields undated
FFT:333 What Happened to Brown September 8
FFT:202 When Knighthood Was In Flower 1902 May 26
FFT:230 The Wild Rose 1902 November 9
FFT:210 The Wizard of Oz 1902 July 13
FFT:410 The Woggle Bug 1905 July 2
FFT:392 Woodland undated
FFT:384 When Johnny Comes Marching Home 1903 May 10
FFT:419* A Yankee Circus on Mars 1905 November 20
FFT:234 Zaza 1902 November 16
FFT:428 Zira 1905 December 11
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