Saturday, July 8, 2017
WPA Vaudeville in San Francisco
Above: A WPA poster, promoting a WPA vaudeville show at San Francisco's Alcazar Theatre, May 1938. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.
The photos below are from WPA vaudeville performances in San Francisco. Most or all of the photos were taken in September 1936. Vaudeville is a type of theatre, showcasing variety acts, for example, juggling, tight rope walking, and music. Vaudeville was very popular in the early 1900s, and you can still get a taste of vaudeville today, for example, at Renaissance Festivals that feature comedy skits, sword swallowing, magic acts, and so on. Between 1935 and 1939, the WPA offered many work opportunities for struggling vaudeville performers, theatre designers, stage hands, etc. All photos courtesy of the National Archives: