Rhode Island Picture Post Cards
The E. F. Albee Theatre - Providence, Rhode Island
Divided Back Postcard September 23, 1924 - Posted Harrisville, RI
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The note on face of Postcard reads as follows:

Dear Mrs. Ream,                 Harrisville
                                           R. I. Sept 23
I have been 5 times to the Stock Co. at their beautiful theatre this summer.
Had a lovely summer & no frost yet but cool this month. Have my good maid
but find lots of work for myself. Bought an oil burner for our steam heater and
will stay here this winter. All well and kids in school. Write when you can.
Mrs. Jolley

The Albee Theatre
Benjamin F. Keith
and Edward F. Albee began a partnership in the late 1880s to promote vaudeville entertainment. They bought and remodeled several northeast coast theaters and promoted a more gentile form of vaudeville where scantily clad performers and crude language was not allowed. Keith handled the finances and Albee managed the theatres. In 1928, they completed a merger with Joseph Kennedy's RCA and became RKO, (Radio-Keith-Orpheum). After the merger, the focus was more on motion pictures and vaudeville began to fade. By 1929 there were only six full time vaudeville houses still in operation.

One of the partner's theaters was the E. F. Albee Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island, (shown above). It was built in 1919 and located on Westminster Street.

Harrisville, RI
The card was canceled at Harrisville, Rhode Island. The Post Office at Harrisville, (Burrillville Township, Providence County), Rhode Island was established on December 20, 1889. The first Postmaster was De Witt C. Remington, Jr. This post office is currently in operation.

The Theatre Company of Rhode Island operates the Assembly Theatre on Route 107 in Harrisville. They are in their 21st season at this location and beginning on December 5, 2004, they will be performing the musical "Annie Warbucks," the sequel to "Annie."

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