Sunday, August 12, 2012
Based upon the actress' costume, she was probably performing in a production of The Mikado. Written by Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado premiered in London in March of 1885 and was so hugely popular that by the end of 1885 countless companies across America and Europe were producing it.
The Paducah Sun Newspaper ran articles on May 25 & 26, 1903 regarding a performance of The Mikado by the Boston Ideal Opera Company at the Casino Theater in Wallace Park in Paducah. However it's more likely that this cabinet card is from an earlier production as it gives the photographer W. G. McFadden's location as opposite the opera house which may date the card to before 1900 when the opera house burned.