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Title [Cast of "The White Horse Inn"]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date 1906
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on black cardboard mount. Group portrait of the cast of a theatrical production. There are 22 men and women, and one boy; most are wearing costumes. They are posed in front of a painted backdrop of a building with sign "WHITE HORSE INN." over the door; at left is a painted backdrop of a town. Handwritten inscription in pen on reverse: " ' The White Horse Inn ' produced c. 1905 / by the Criterion Dramatic Club in / the German Club Rooms, Stapleton".
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 7.250 x 9.5
Acquisition Gift of Alice H. Erskine
Ownership and History Stapleton was the center of Staten Island's German community, and for decades the German Club Rooms, located at Van Duzer and Prospect streets, was home to a wide variety of performances and social events.

Among the performers was the Criterion Dramatic Club, seen here in costume for the play "The White Horse Inn." The play, which originally premiered in Berlin in 1897, told the story of a waiter in love with the owner of the White Horse Inn in St. Wolfgang, Austria. The play was performed at the German Club Rooms in March 1906, as reported in a local newspaper: "...During the next two hours, the Criterion Dramatic Club entertained the crowd with a humorous and interesting three-act farce-comedy entitled 'The White Horse Tavern'..."

This photograph was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1966 by Alice H. Erskine. Her mother, Sarah Erskine, was an actress who performed with the Criterion Dramatic Club.
Earliest Date 1906
Latest Date 1906
Subjects Theatrical productions
Stage props
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 66.004.0002
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, January 2016.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.