NONI - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 160852
Sale Price $180.00
Smiling image of the musical clown in costume (1¾x2½)
Photograph signed: "Noni". B/w, 1¾x2½. Printed caption: Noni the Master Clown". Noni, "the musical clown", was a music hall star from the 1920's to the 1940's. He usually performed in a duo, "Noni and Horace," with Horace dressed in tux and Noni in his clown costume. Both were musically talented; Noni usually played piano and Horace the violin, but they could handle other instruments, including accordions. In 1928, they starred in a Royal Command Performance for King George V and Queen Mary. The Queen sent him flowers, after hearing him say on stage that nobody ever did. He can be seen from film of the London show La-di-da-di-da (1942-1943), playing the piano while another clown cartwheels across the stage. Before developing his clown act, Noni performed with the Perizoff acrobatic troupe, known for catching a turnip thrown from the audience on a fork held in his mouth. Irregularly cut. Lightly soiled. Corners lightly worn and creased. Paper remnants on verso. Light surface creases. Slightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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