Bun Granville and Will Rogers who give their address as Rock Springs Park, East Liverpool, in the Variety ad were black face or “burnt cork” minstrel comics who appeared on vaudeville stages at the same time Will Rogers was becoming well known as a trick roper.
|White blackface performers in the past |
used burnt cork and later greasepaint
or shoe polish to blacken their skin.
“Although the American Theatre continued to sponsor vaudeville shows and the Ceramic sponsored spectacular stage shows and appearances by performers like Will Rogers, both theatres also showed movies.”
Blackface Minstrel shows ended in the United States with the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. But those of us too young to remember them might remember the American country music television show Hee Haw (1969–1993). According to one account, its format resembled the content of a minstrel show, musical numbers interspersed with rapid-fire comedy bits.