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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fresh Hamm: A Prima Donna and Schnapps

When the BAM building at 176-194 Montague Street was destroyed by fire in 1903, many programs and playbills dating from our incorporation in 1861 to 1901 were lost. In an effort to rebuild some of the history that was lost we at the BAM Hamm Archives have been using the Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online to research those years. (A big thank you to the Brooklyn Public Library for working with us!) The Brooklyn Daily Eagle has given us some fun finds.

For example, did you know Brooklyn had a Prima Donna?

Brooklyn bred soprano Susan Strong delighted audiences across New York and around the world, prompting the Brooklyn Daily Eagle to praise her as "Brooklyn's Prima Donna." Shortly after returning from a period of intense study and critical acclaim in Europe, Strong starred in Faust here in November 1896.

 Brooklyn Daily Eagle October 11, 1896 Page 4

What does this have to do with Schnapps?

Not much, but it's hard to not glance at some of the advertisements while we are searching for new opera and theater performances. Such as this great ad from 1877 for "medicinal" Schnapps (what?).  The screen shot close up is of the text directly below the awesome Schnapps typography.

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