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Harrigan & Hart Acting Duo Cabinet Card

Harrigan & Hart Acting Duo Cabinet Card

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Edward Harrigan (1844-1911) and Tony Hart (1855-1891). Harrigan and Hart, the famous minstrel and acting team are pictured in this image, slightly trimmed on the bottom edge.Beginning in the 1870s, Harrigan and Hart presented a wildly popular series of musical plays dealing in comic fashion with the lives of New York's ethnic groups. The Irish, the Germans, and the African-Americans each had their own chowder-and-marching societies (the 'Guards'), and the humor of the plays came in setting these groups and individuals in comic opposition. Edward Harrigan was born in New York of Irish parents. He made his first appearance in San Francisco in 1867, and soon afterwards formed a stage partnership with Tony Hart, whose real name was Anthony Cannon. As 'Harrigan and Hart,' they had a great success in the presentation of types of low life in New York. Beginning as simple sketches, these were gradually worked up into plays, with occasional songs, set to popular music by David Braham. The titles of these plays indicate their character, The Mulligan Guards, Squatter Sovereignty, A Leather Patch, The O'Regans. The partnership with Hart lasted from 1871-1884. Subsequently Harrigan played in different cities of the United States, one of his favorite parts being George Coggswell in Old Lavender. - 3187
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