Paint and Powder Archives, 1894-1977, MS 1735

 

Paint and Powder Archives, 1894-1977
Maryland Historical Society
 

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Paint and Powder Archives, 1894-1977
Maryland Historical Society

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Maryland Historical Society Library
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore MD 21201-4674
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Descriptive Summary

Paint and Powder Archives, 1894-1977

MS 1735

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674

 


 

Historical Note

The Paint and Powder Club, established in 1893 as a philanthropic and social club, is dedicated both to camaraderie among its members and assistance to local charities from monies raised with theater productions.  Social events are held throughout the year as the members prepare the coming theatrical presentations.  It was founded as a men’s club and its membership, drawn from Baltimore’s blue blood community, was white.  In  1994. the board of directors approved membership for women, and four years later, a woman was elected president. She was the first person to serve for three presidential terms.

Paint and Powder’s first show, “Mustapha,” was presented in 1894 at Baltimore’s Fords Grand Opera House.  Plays were also staged at the Lyric Theater (still in existence).  Over the years, the repertoire has expanded to include plays written by club members and other shows already familiar to audiences. Two of the earliest plays were “Joan of Arc” and “The Paint and Powder Vaudevilles.” By 1936, Paint and Powder had produced 17 plays, mostly vaudeville and musical comedies in nature. The 1941 show was the Broadway Musical comedy hit “Oh! Kay,” and in 1947, it was Gershwin’s “Girl Crazy.” The 1977 show was “Away We Go,” and “Show Business” was the 59th production .

A variety of charities have benefitted from Paint and Powder productions over the years. The very first show raised $5,800 (approximately $100,000 in 2015 dollars) for the Children’s Country Home. The 1936 charity was the Hospital for Women in Maryland. The 1941 show benefited the British Work Relief Society. and the 1951 show supported Franklin Square Hospital. The 1952 recipient was the Fund for Mentally Retarded and Handicapped Children. Church Home and Hospital was the 1961 recipient.  Other charities that have benefitted  through the years are the Hilgenberg Children's Center for Speech Disorders, William S. Baer School, the Children’s Scholarship Fund, the Maryland Conservatory of Music, Students Sharing Coalition, the Y of Central Maryland in Harford County, Linwood Center, the Women’s Industrial Exchange (which remains a Baltimore icon), and the Mental Health Association of Maryland Baltimore, which included a message of appreciation from Rosalynn Carter in the printed program for its good work.

In addition to its plays,  Paint and Powder has a men’s Singing Chorus, “a women’s Singing Chorus, a mixed chorus called “The Counterpoints,” a music group called “The Keystone Kops,” and another called the “Uptown Society Band.” Its Paint and Powder Club theme song ,“Have Another,“ refers to its annual stage presentations.

The Paint and Powder Club is thought to be the oldest of its type in the United States. Similar clubs exist in Boston, Philadelphia, and other cities, but Baltimore’s Paint and Powder Club considers itself the oldest. Paint and Powder is incorporated in Timonium, Maryland. (Michael Mark, MdHS volunteer, June 2015)

Scope and Content

MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY PAINT AND POWDER CLUB THEATRE PROGRAMS MS 1735

DATE OF PRODUCTION, NAME, FIRST COPY (ACC. NO.), ADDITIONAL [UNK]

 

1894 Feb. 5-6

Mustapha/ Ford's Grand Opera House

 

P and P

3 P and P; MS-1

 

1894 Feb. 24

Mustapha/ Ford's Grand Opera House

 

P and P (Redwood Col)

_____

1894 Feb. 26

Mustapha/ Ford's Grand Opera House

 

P and P (48321-1)

P and P

 

1895 Feb. 19-20

Joan of Arc/ Ford's Grand Opera House

 

P and P

MS-2

 

1896 Apr. 6-13

Bluff King Hal/ -----

 

MS

MS-2

 

1906 n.d.

The Brigand's Trust/ Albaughs

 

P and P

_____

 

1906 Apr. 19

The Brigand's Trust/ Albaughs

 

P and P

MS-2

 

1907 Apr. 4

Don of Doryea/ -----

 

P and P

_____

 

1908 Apr. 21

Conquering Cupid/ -----

 

MS

_____

 

1908 Apr. 28-29

Conquering Cupic/ -----

 

P and P

P and P; MS

 

1910 Mar. 28

Belle of New York/ -----

 

P and P (50158-2)

P and P; MS

 

1910 Mar. 29-30

Belle of New York/ -----

 

P and P (50158)

P and P; MS

 

1910 Mar. 31

Belle of New York/ -----

 

P and P (64819, 50158)

P and P _____

 

1911 Apr. 17

1492/ Albaughs

 

P and P (50158-1, MS)

P and P; MS

 

1911 Apr. 20

1492/ Albaughs

 

P and P (50158-1)

P and P _____

 

1912 _____

Florodora/ -----

_____

_____

 

1913 Mar. 24

Dear Dorothy/ City Opera House

 

P and P

_____

 

1913 Mar. 26-27

Dear Dorothy/ City Opera House

 

P and P (50158-1)

_____

 

1913 Mar. 24-27

Dear Dorothy/ City Opera House

 

P and P

_____

 

1914 Apr. 13-14

Many Happy Returns/ Albaughs

 

P and P (50158)

MS

 

1914 Apr. 15-16

Many Happy Returns/ Albaughs

 

MS

_____

 

1916 Apr. 24

----------

 

P and P

_____

 

1922 Apr. 17-22

Runaway Girl

 

P and P

P and P-2; MS (Cassard)

 

1923 Apr. 10-21

High Jinks

 

P and P

MS (Cassard)

 

1924 Apr. 21-26

Katinka

 

MS (Cassard)

_____

 

1925 Apr. 20-25

Leave It to Jane/ Auditorium Theatre

 

P and P

MS-2 (Cassard-2

 

1935 Apr. 24-26

Angels at Large

 

P and P

MS-2 (Cassard-2

 

1936 Apr. 15-18

Too Too Divine

 

P and P

P and P; MS-2 (Cassard-1)

 

1937 Apr. 14-17

Never Never Again

 

P and P

MS

 

1938 Apr. 21-23

Follow Thru

 

P and P

MS

 

1939 Apr. 13-15

Sally

 

P and P

P and P; MS-2

 

1941 Apr. 17-19

Oh Kay

 

P and P

P and P; MS-2

 

1947 Apr. 11-12

Girl Crazy/ Lyric

 

P and P (73388-2)

P and P - 3; MS-2

 

[UNK]

 

1948 Apr. 30-May 1

Stick Around/ Lyric

 

P and P (73388-1)

P and P; MS-2

 

1949 May 5-7

Counterfeit Lady

 

P and P

MS

 

1950 May 29

Good Ole Days Revue

 

P and P

MS

 

1951 Mar. 29-31

It's a Woman's World

 

P and P

MS-2

 

1952 Apr. 18-19

Show Business/ Poly

 

P and P

P and P; MS

 

1953 Apr. 10-11

Lady Be Good/ Poly

 

P and P

P and P; MS-2

 

1954 Apr. 23-24

Have Another

 

P and P

P and P-2; MS

 

1955 May 21

Haxy Days

 

P and P

P and P; MS

 

1956 May 5

Pastiche/ Alcazar

 

P and P

MS-2

 

1957 May 10

Hits and Misses

 

P and P

MS

 

1958 May 3

Mayhem

 

P and P (73388-1)

P and P; MS

 

1959 --------

Printer's Devils

 

-------

--------

 

1960 May 6-7

Back to School

 

P and P

MS

 

1961 May 5-6

United Notions

 

P and P

MS

 

1962 May 4-5

Eat Drink and Be Merry

 

P and P

MS

 

1963 May 3-4

Bits of the Best

 

P and P

MS

 

1964 May 1, 2

All's Fair/ Alcazar

 

MS

--------

 

1965 Apr. 30-May 1

High Time

 

P and P

MS

 

1966 May 6-7

By George

 

P and P

--------

 

1967 May 6-7

Well Seasoned

 

MS

--------

 

1968 May 3-4

Past Imperfect

 

MS

MS

 

1969 May 2-3

Circus Maximus

 

MS

MS (?)

 

1970 May 1-2

Out of This World

 

P and P

MS

 

1971 Apr. 30, May 1

Miss Print

 

MS

MS (?)

 

1972 May 5, 6

Un-Reel

 

MS

MS (?)

 

1973 May 4, 5

Past Pandemonium

 

MS

--------

 

1974 May 3, 4

Golden Banana

 

MS

--------

 

1975 -------

----------

 

--------

--------

 

1976 Apr. 30, May 1

What a Year

 

MS

--------

 

1977 May 6-7

And Away We Go

 

P and P

MS

 

THE PROGRAMS LISTED ABOVE ARE FROM THE GIFTS OF

48321 ---- Mrs. T. Courtney Jenkins

 

50158 ---- Arunah S.A. Brady

 

62148 ---- G. Van Velso and Arnold Wilkes

 

64819 ---- Miss Martha Bokel

 

73388 ---- Arnold Wilkes

 

AND THE CASSARD and REDWOOD COLLECTIONS

 

 

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