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This is the four-page playbill for California Theatre, located at what is now 440 Bush Street, for January 27, 1880, and lists the "Farewell appearances in San Francisco of the Famous Colville Opera Burlesque Company."

This playbill is for the performance of "an original Burlesque, in 2 acts, founded on a famous though somewhat confusing Opera, Ill Treated Il Travotore, Or, The Mother, The Maiden and the Musicianer." The burlesque was to be performed January 27 through 29 at the theater, and starred Miss Eme Roseau and Robert Graham. Other cast members included Kate Everleigh and Ed Chapman.

Page 1 also contains small advertisements for Kast's Fashionable Shoe Store at Market and Dupont streets; Woodworth, Schell & Co., 12 Post Street - in the Masonic Temple, piano renters and tuners; S. & G. Gump, manufacturers of parlor and library mirrors and picture frames; Nicoll, the Tailor, 727 Market Street, who advises that "None but White Labor employed," and Sherman, Hyde & Co., corner Kearny and Sutter, which sell square or upright pianos.

The January 29 peformance was a benefit for J.T. Maguire. The playbill says:

    One of the events of the next ten days will be the benefit that is to be given to J.T. Maguire, the Treasurer of this theatre, Thursday evening, Jan. 29th, on which occasion will be produced a new and elegant Opera by the Colville Burlesque Company, cast with its full strength and promising to be the most exquisite as well as the most popular of any of the productions that has emanated from this really remarkably talented company. The bill in itself ought to draw an overflowing house and taken with the fact of a benefit given to one who deserves so well our recognition of service rendered, a large audience is assured. Mr. J. T. Maguire for years has been connected with the theatres of this city, and there are few of our theatre goers but have been the recipients of his courtesy and attention. Let the "Old Drury" of San Francisco on next Thursday night be filled with his friends and may the results financially be indeed a benefit.
There is also a notice of "The 100th Performance in San Francisco will transpire on SATURDAY EVENING, January 31st, and will be celebrated as a GALA NIGHT, when a TESTIMONIAL BENEFIT will be tendered by the management to MISS EME ROSEAU."

Another notice states that "THE SECOND AND LAST SERIES OF THE WILHELMJ GRAND CONCERTS, will take place WEDNESDAY EVENING, January 28th, THURSDAY MATINEE, January 29th, FRIDAY EVENING, January 30th. OBSERVE THE THURSDAY WILHELMJ CONCERT, At the usual Matinee Prices." This may be violinist-arranger August Wilhelmj (1845-1908).

Page 2 is a synopsis of scenery, incidents and music for the operatic burlesque. The page includes advertisements for the Sonoma Valley Railroad which promotes duck hunting in the Sonoma Marsh; C.S., "professional tattooer" who pays "special attention to ladies," and Pacific Business College, 320 Post Street.

Page 3 consists entirely of advertisements, including an announcement of the new studios of Western painter and illustrator Jules Tavernier (1844-1889) at 728 Montgomery Street; an ad for Willcox & Gibbs' new Automatic sewing machine, and Marshall's Riding Academy at 737 Folsom Street.

Page 4 is also entirely of advertisements, including the announcement of the Ketten Piano Recitals to take place at Dashaway Hall with tickets on sale at the Chickering Piano warerooms. This may be Henri Ketten (1848-1883). There are also ads for photographer Louis Thors (late with Bradley and Rulofson), as well as that of Jones, Rulofson & Co's. Elite Studio at 838 Market Street, and Bancroft's Bookstore at 721 Market Street.

Page scans from The Library of Congress' American Variety Stage Collection.

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