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  • Edwards, Houston
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  • Slivers was the famous stage name of Frank Oakley (1871-1916). He performed for Ringling Brothers, the Barnum and Bailey Circus, and headlined at the New York Hippodrome. His most well-known act featured a one-man baseball game with Slivers playing all the positions. Slivers committed suicide by gas asphyxiation. In newspaper accounts, his motivation for suicide was attributed to heartbreak over a rejected proposal of marriage. The proposal wa... more
    Slivers was the famous stage name of Frank Oakley (1871-1916). He performed for Ringling Brothers, the Barnum and Bailey Circus, and headlined at the New York Hippodrome. His most well-known act featured a one-man baseball game with Slivers playing all the positions. Slivers committed suicide by gas asphyxiation. In newspaper accounts, his motivation for suicide was attributed to heartbreak over a rejected proposal of marriage. The proposal was an attempt to parole Viola Stoll, a young vaudeville actress, from the Bedford Reformatory where she was imprisoned after allegedly stealing the jewelry of Oakley's late wife. Slivers' may have been further motivated by the decline in his career after the popularity of films starring silver screen clowns such as Charlie Chaplin.Charles "Tiny" Burnett was known for his popular orchestra leadership in the Orpheum Circuit vaudeville theaters here from 1915-1933. Over the years, Burnett amassed a large collection of souvenir photographs from the... less
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    Scanned from a photographic print using a Microtek Scanner 1000x at 100 dpi in JPEG format at compression rate 3 and resized to 768x600 ppi. 2010