GUS WILLIAMS - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED 1885 - HFSID 40226
Sale Price $108.00
The comic dialect actor and singer signs a sentiment.
Autograph Sentiment signed: "Yours Truly/Gus Williams/1885," 3½x2¼ card. Gus Williams was the stage name, and eventually the legal name, of the actor born Gustave Wilhelm Leweck, Jr. (1848-1915), the son of a German merchant residing in New York. A drummer boy in the Civil War, Williams began entertaining his fellow soldiers, and took the stage for the first time in Union-occupied Huntsville, Alabama in 1864. After the war Williams joined a vaudeville troupe; his specialty was songs and skits employing a comic German accent. By 1879, he was playing character roles in stage comedies. Williams wrote his own songs, mostly humorous but sometimes sentimental. After decades of popularity, Williams' career was in decline when he met with his booking agent in 1915, started for home, telegraphed a friend to take care of his wife, and then shot himself in the head. Lightly toned at right margin affecting some letters, else fine condition.
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