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  • Collection: Francis Robinson Collection of Music, Theatre and Dance

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This Easter card was sent to Enrico Caruso from Pepino in 1902. Unlike the American tradition of sending Christmas cards, the French holiday tradition is sending New Year’s cards. Easter cards are prevalent in this group as well, often with…

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Enrico Caruso joked around during a family vacation in the Hamptons shortly before his death in 1921. The humor evident in Caruso’s anecdotes matches the humor often demonstrated in the cards.

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This card was sent from Filippo Galante to Enrico Caruso in 1903. The miscellaneous category of cards, to which this card belongs, represent the oddities among the cards. They depict children playing with a tea set or the seedy side of "Le Notte." …

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This humorous clown postcard was sent to Enrico Caruso by Mario. The "humor" category contains all the postcards intended to make the viewer laugh. The “jokes” of the postcards can include children posed with chamber pots, giraffes with their…

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Enrico Caruso performed as Canio in Il Pagliacci the night this picture was made. As Canio, he played his signature role, a man betrayed by his beloved wife who must perform despite his pain. His ability to be both the entertainer and the tragedian…

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Antonio Pini-Corsi, an operatic baritone then singing with the Metropolitan Opera, sent this postcard to his tenor friend in 1900. The card shows the Masonic Temple in Chicago, with a hand drawn musical score along the bottom. This "travel and…

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This card was sent from Enrico Caruso to Miss Izora O. Hunter. The card shows a self-caricature of Caruso, who was well known for his talent as a caricaturist. He published weekly illustrations in an Italian language newspaper for many years while he…

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"Military and hunting" postcards collected by Caruso display idealized masculinity and strength to the viewer. This postcard comes from a series of German soldiers with detailed styles of historical uniforms, as opposed to the action of the troops.…

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This landscape postcard was sent to Enrico Caruso by his common law wife, Ada Giachetti, in 1900. "Landscape and flower" postcards show rustic country sides, leafy orchards and bouquet after bouquet of flowers. These images tend to evoke the romance…

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When Barioletti drew a couple on the front of this postcard in 1905, he was using the only space available on which to write a message. Before 1907, messages were not allowed by law on the address side of postcards. The word postcard comes from U.S.…
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