May Irwin, c.1905
- Morrison, Photographer
- Media Type:
- Item Types:
- Photographic postcard of May Irwin.
- May Irwin was born Georgina May Campbell on 27 June 1962 at Whitby. May and her sister, Flora (Flo), began performing as young teenagers in order to provide money for their widowed mother. They debuted in Buffalo, NY in 1874.
May created a career for herself by performing vaudeville and racial charged songs on Broadway and other stages in the New York area. In 1896, Thomas Edison asked her and co-star, John Rice to repeat a kiss that featured in The Widow, an 1895 Broadway production, for a kinetoscope film production. The Kiss became the first screen kiss in cinematic history.
She married Frederick Keller in 1878. Keller died in 1886. In 1907, she married Eisenfeldt. May Irwin died at New York City on 22 October 1938.
- Printed on the image: 'Morrison/Chicago/B606'
Printed underneath the image: '"Rotograph" Series/May Irwin'
- Date of Original:
Width: 8 in
Height: 10 in
- Local identifier:
- Whitby Online Historic Photographs Collection
- Creative Commons licence:
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- Copyright Statement:
- Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian copyright law. No restrictions on use.
- Recommended Citation:
- May Irwin, c.1905, Morrison, Whitby Archives, 34-000-018.
- Reproduction Notes:
- Scanned from original postcard.
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