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Object ID 001898

Object Name Ten Nights in a Bar Room poster

Object Desc Print advertisement for the temperance play Ten Nights in a Bar room. Newsprint with black text. Three graphics with text around each. Framed with plastic covering and cardboard back.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002051

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General Category History

Category Advertising/Promo


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location 3rd Floor Hallway South

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Start Year Range 1858

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Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Ten Nights in a Barroom,temperance,alcohol,Prohibition,posters,advertising,signs,theaters,Pratt, William W.,Arthur, Timothy Shay,illustrations,

Title Ten Nights in a Bar Room poster

Description Poster is printed on newsprint with black text. Plastic covering and painted black frame. Back side has cardboard attached to frame with masking tape. Poster has series of text blocks. At top is text "Roberts & Taylor's / Ten Nights In / A Bar Room". Below is graphic of three tents with people standing outside and a horse drawn carriage. Next graphic is a tavern with men fighting and a girl at left with text below "Father! dead Father! they have killed me!". Text blocks surround it. Last graphic at right edge is of tavery with men at tope and little girl at right with text "Faterh, dear father come home with me now". Text to left of graphic is description of play. Text at bottom has reasons who you should see play.


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Height 28

Length 0

Width 10.75

Depth 0.5

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Circumference 0

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Image Caption CMY2051



Date APR 4,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes Plastic covering is not archival, needs attention. Overall, paper is yellowed. At upper right corner of paper there is brown stain. At left edge 5" from top is horiztonal tear. Tear starting 5" from bottom edge at left and runs on a diagonal. Just above that tear there is a crase with tearing running horizontally across page. At lower left edge near corner there is piece of cellophane tape. Paper is bubbled. Plastic covering is scrached and bubbled. On back, surface scratchs on cardbaord. Large scratch at left just above center. Loss in paper layer a lower 1/3. Masking tape is brittle.




Date APR 4,2014

Notes Ten Nights in a Bar Room, and What I Saw There was originally a book by Timothy Shay Arthur. Written during the 1850s, it became a popular temperance piece. In 1858, William W. Pratt adapted the book to a play. The story follows the rise and fall of several families due to alcohol. The central setting is a tavern called Sickle and Sheaf.