This poster was originally part of a promotional 1911 calendar that was distributed by the Brown Shoe Company. It is a portrait of Maxine Elliott (1868-1940), a famous Broadway actress, who was the spokesperson for Brown Shoe Company’s “White House Shoes”. Maxine Elliott was such a famous actress that when the production she was performing toured London, King Edward VII specifically requested that she be presented to him.
In 1908, Maxine Elliott made history by buying her own theater in New York. She was the only woman in the United States to own and run a theater at that time. She also acted in a few silent films before she retired from acting in 1920, at the age of 52.
By Kayla Sutherland,
Associate, Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear