Scrapbooks of Loring Campbell

MS 233
Photograph of Loring Campbell, 1946

Photograph of Loring Campbell, 1946.

Collection area: Performing Arts

Collection dates: 1924-1960 bulk 1924-1945

About this collection

Fourteen scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, brochures, programs, posters, correspondence, and memorabilia from 1924-1960. The material regards Loring Campbell's public appearances in the southern and mid-western United States.

Historical background

Loring Campbell was an American magician, ventriloquist, and humorist on the Chautauqua and lyceum circuits. He began his career in 1920 in a minstrel show as "Cambello the Clown Magician" and also performed a Chinese act before finding vaudeville success with his trademark suave stage persona as "The Great Alexander" and later, simply Loring Campbell. He performed in an estimated 1,500 shows before retiring in 1955.

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