Pittsburgh, PA: Single piece, 5 1/4” x 7 3/4”, 1931. Original Autograph of actress and opera star Lily Pons on a printed advertising announcement of a performance by her at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, PA on November 6, 1931. Signed by Miss Pons in ink next to her black & white photograph. The ad has been neatly excised from a magazine or program and serves to feature a performance by her as part of the May Beegle Concerts, Season 1931 - 1932. Fine. Lily Pons (1898 - 1976) was an acclaimed coloratura soprano and enjoyed a long career with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and starred in three RKO films: I Dream Too Much (1935) with Henry Fonda, That Girl From Paris (1936) co-starring Jack Oakie, and Hitting a New High (1937) directed by Raoul Walsh - again co-starring Jack Oakie. From the Pittsburgh Music History site: “May Beegle was Pittsburgh’s internationally famous concert Impresario. As founder of the Pittsburgh Orchestra Association and later the Mary Beegle Agency she brought outstanding international musicians to Pittsburgh for 28 years from 1913 through 1944. She booked, financed, and promoted concerts by Enrico Caruso, Sergei Rachmininoff, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Yehudi Menuhin, Friz Kreisler, Feodor Chaliapon, Pavlova, Madame Schumann-Heinck, Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, Victor Borga, and Will Rogers.” (Inventory #: 20948E)
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