“On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Grand old badger state!
We, thy loyal sons and daughters,
Hail thee, good and great.”
State song written by J. S. Hubbard and Charles D. Rosa
Composed by William T. Purdy
Al Ringling Theatre
Excerpts from back of postcard:
“Interior view of the Al Ringling Theater, designed from the Grand Opera Hall, built 1753-70 by Louis XV, as a unit of the Famous Palace of Versailles, near Paris.”
“This Red, Plush, Gold Lined Jewel Box is the Greatest Masterpiece of European Architecture ever used in an American Theater.”
2230 North Farwell Avenue
From back of postcard:
“The Oriental Theatre was designed by local architects Dick and Bauer, and opened in July, 1927. With an exotic blend of Far East stylings, the spectacular lobby and auditorium feature an array of guardian lions, a trio of chandeliers and over 100 elephants.”
Postcards part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use. At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.
Since 1997 theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of theatre talks and walks, available for historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.
Private walks also available.
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.
The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.
Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition