CDV of The Royal Satsuma's Japanese Troupe Promotional card for Mobile, Alabama performance
[Japan] Very scarce card used by The Royal Satsuma's Japanese Troupe to promote their acrobatic performance tour around the US in early 1871. The photograph (of an illustration) shows the 14 members of the group along with some decorative, acrobat-themed images around them. According to Bob Sayers, the recongnized authority on these Japanese acrobatic troupes, this is the only known image of the Satsuma Troupe that has been found. There are a few other such cards known with other town/city names stamped on the rear along with the dates that the performers were in town. This one states on the rear, 'Mobile Theatre, ONE week only, Commenc'g ......, Jan. 30th'.
Photographer unknown. 7.1 x 5.8cm (affixed to card).
In good condition. Some age wear to mount. Otherwise good. p34101270