Lauder, Sir Harry

(1870-1950). `Laird of the Music Hall`, Scottish-born Lauder was one of the most popular British performers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Following the death of his son in World War I, Lauder, wanting to `do his part`, became the first entertainer ever to go to the front lines to perform, strapping a piano into a military vehicle and traveling throughout the Western Front performing for British and American troops. In spite of his advanced age, Lauder also toured for the troops during World War II. Signed Photographic Postcard (`Harry Lauder`). Black and white, 3 ½ x 5½`, n.p., n.d. From the Philco Series 3386 E. Autograph Quotation with signature verso illustrates scene from the comedy sketch `Two Characters` pictured recto with Lauder transliterating his famous Scots` burr: `I could hae swore I`d anither Penny / Harry Lauder`. One stain verso on `swore`; corners verso show burns from album corners; very minor crease and abrasion to very tip of bottom right corner. Overall, very good to fine condition.

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