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Joseph Hart Vaudeville Co. direct from Weber & Fields Music Hall, New York City.
A poster of the Vaudeville team, Joseph Hart and Carrie DeMar from 1899

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Edward Meeker Edison and Sally Stempler performing "Laughing Record (Henry's Music Lesson)" in 1923

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Vaudeville Comedians
Vaudeville teams doing comic routines were also popular. Joseph Hart and Carrie DeMar, the team you see in this poster, were one popular act, and Sally Stembler and Edward Meeker were another.

Have you ever laughed so hard you just couldn't stop? In this recording, Sally Stembler, as Lena, plays the piano and has a hard time controlling her laughter while Henry has a music lesson with the professor (played by Edward Meeker). Stembler was known as the "laughing girl," and this comic sketch was so popular that nearly every early record company sold a recording of it.

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CREDIT: "Joseph Hart Vaudeville Co. direct from Weber & Fields Music Hall, New York City." Courier Litho. Co., c1899. Theatrical Poster Collection, Prints and Photgraphs Division, Library of Congress.
AUDIO CREDIT: Edison, Edward Meeker and Stempler, Sally, performers. "Laughing Record (Henry's Music Lesson)." Recorded 1923. The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920, Library of Congress.