(Burlesque) (Sheet Music) French, Arthur (Lyricist) and R.S Crandall (Composer). Adah Richmond’s Songs: Only in Fun. Cincinnati, OH: F.W. Helmick, [1876?]. 13-⅛ x 10-¼ in., 5 pp.; possibly disbound; wrapper creased but fresh, with unidentified photographic portrait of Adah Richmond tipped in, very good.
In the late 1870s singer and actress Adah Richmond formed a nationally touring burlesque company. In “No Legs, No Jokes, No Chance”: A History of the American Musical Theater, the authors credit Richmond’s company with the “beginning of American burlesque,” (original emphasis) still based on a British parody format, but with “heightened sexiness,” and less fidelity to a continuous narrative across multiple acts. (Patinkin & Patinkin, 2008, p. 56).
Later, Richmond was involved in a great theater scandal when she contested the will of Boston banker and theater owner John Stetson as his long-lost wife. Although Stetson may have been a bigamist, Richmond lost the suit when her own string of earlier marriages (and lack of divorces) were revealed.
Seemingly as issued; see both holdings recorded in OCLC (at JHU Sheridan and BYU) for this cover variant; neither holding with this photograph.