c. 1900 Edgar Berte Performer, Minstrel Entertainer Poster, England UK
This is an original old English minstrel, performer advertising broadside poster or flyer, also known as a "Palm Card", as it fit in the palm of your hand. Printed at bottom: "A. Quick & Co. Ltd. Printers, Clacton and Walton" This was the Clacton printing firm that made this vintage piece.
Mr. Edgar Berte: The Popular Elocutionist, Raconteur, and Society Entertainer will take his annual benefit tonight at the Band Stand.
A First Class Programme
A pictorial souvenir of this popular artiste presented to every seatholder.
Book your seats immediately and save disapointment.
~A. Quick & Co. Ltd. Printers, Clacton and Walton
Note: Clacton-on-Sea is a seaside resort town in the Tendring peninsula district in Essex County, England. The town was founded in 1871, in the Queen Victorian era.
Found in Public Genealogy and Newspaper Records:
Edgar Berte Reviews and mentions:
Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald Kent, England, 21 Apr 1917: "Miss Peggy Berte, the clever little daughter of Mr. Edgar Berte, will recite."
Friday 27 September 1907, Dover Express, Kent, England: "MR. EDGAR BERTE AT THE PIER: The closing- week's programme the Promenade Pier Pavilion this week is being given by Madme Clara Muntz's Zinga Ladies' Orchestra and concert party. The most popular performer is undoubtedly Mr. Edgar Bertc, who is making his first appearance in the neighbourhood after his summer engagement away. He is as humorous as ever, and is likely to be in great request this winter if the warmth of the welcome given him at the Pier may taken as criterion."
Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald Kent, England, 26 Oct 1912: "Change of Address EDGAR BERTE. humorous Entertainer, has removed from 84, Garden Road to 16, LONDON ST., FOLKESTONE."
Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald Kent, England 31 Mar 1923: "THE PLAYHOUSE, the world's greatest motion picture. THREE DISTINCT PERFORMANCES DAILY, 2.45. 5.30 and 8. Prologue by Mr. EDGAR BERTE. Songs by Miss GERTRUDE BERRY. "
Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald Kent, England, 28 Feb 1914: "Mr. Edgar Berte, in his various impersonations, thoroughly amused the audience."
Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald Kent, England 15 Apr 1916: "WWI SERVICE FOR SOLDIERS: A splendid violin solo by Mr. W.H. Vilkins was rapturously encored. Edgar Berte, his humorous sketches, was most popular."
Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald Kent, England 1 Mar 1902: "Mr. Edgar Berte, the popular elocutionist and humorist, was loudly applauded, receiving enthusiastic encores for his “Copperfieid and the Waiter” (Dickens), “The Surgern’s Child” (Weatherhy), and “The Mormons” (Artemus Ward)."
Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald Kent, England 17 Apr 1915: "BRITISH BATTLES OF THE WAR, SIR A. CONAN DOYLE’S, between France and Germany. Miss Heel is an accomplished pianist, as was exemplified her performance of “Etude” (Chopin). Mr. Edgar Berte, as usual, was heartily received, and his humorous items sent the audience into roars of laughter."
From Book: RAMBLES AROUND FOLKESTONE. With other special articles and notes by 'Felix.' Reprinted by kind permission of the Proprietors from 'The Folkestone Herald' (1891-1913). FOLKESTONE by 'FELIX' (W.G. GLANFIELD) Published by William George Glanfield, 6 Russell Road. c.1914: "I must here remark what a splendid "turn" is that of Mr. Edgar Berte, our fellow townsman. I "discovered" him years ago, and rejoice to know that for once he has disproved the truth of the saying "A prophet hath no honour in his own country." Mr. Edgar Berte I proclaim is a prince amongst the real humourists of the county. And my humble opinion does not stand alone."
This is a wonderful small early broadside poster or flyer to advertise Edgar's show in Clacton on Sea. We cannot find Edgar Berte or his daughter Peggy (assumed to be Margaret Berte) in any English census records. It is therefore assumed Edgar Berte was a stage name, or possibly a French, France native, a Frenchman. He seems to have lived quite a busy life as an accomplished performer. A beautiful small piece with wonderful early typography and fonts, found in Exeter, Devon, England.
Any info on Edgar is appreciated, email Debra here.
Size: 4 x 5 inches
Note: Hello from ~debra. I have spent years collecting over 10,000 ID’d lost family photos & paper from US flea markets & antique shops. I do the best gen research I can, but am always open to corrections. This is an original antique item, not a reprint. A new high quality rigid sleeve is included for extra protection, especially during shipping. You may buy a piece alone, or large intimate 300 dpi scans of the front and back sent immediately via email, or both. Please search carefully, as they are often found together and many may be related. I also invite you to join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. Thank you, enjoy! ~Debra Clifford (contact info on top bar)
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