Monthly Archives: December 2015

Hi Henry Minstrels

The Hi. Henry’s Minstrels had their first performance in 1879. Henry started in the theatre as a bandleader and a cornettist with the Wallace Sisters in 1872.

The company was founded by Hiram Patrick Henry (1844-). They were active for more than thirty years. Their shows played at various theaters throughout the country.

Hi. Henry’s troupe did several unauthorized performances of Peck’s Bad Boy in the early 1880’s.

Some Hi. Henry Minstrel memorabilia is shown below.

Wisconsin: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons

This book was edited by George W. Peck with the information compiled by William J. Anderson and William A. Anderson. It was published in 1906 by the Western Historical Society. Two formats have been seen. One is half calf leather bound with gold gilt lettering. The other has plain board covers. Both are 417 pages. The contents in alphabetical order include numerous sketches as per the book’s title. (10.5 x 7.5)

Non-Peck: Peck’s Good Boy by Mae Wilmurt

This simplistic book tells about a happy, good boy and how normal American parents raise a healthy, fine child. The story pretty much is a written version of the unrealistic television family sitcoms of the era.

The author uses Peck in the title to help promote the book since it is unlikely the “Peck” in the title was randomly chosen.

Interestingly, I would have thought that by the 1950’s Peck’s Bad Boy was no longer in the public’s consciousness.

Tobacco Cards

Henry Clay and Bock & Co., Ltd., a Havana, Cuba cigar manufacturer, produced a number a card sets. A card was inserted inside a pack of Susini and Bock Ovalados Cigars.

The card sets that I have seen from this company are related to movies and the film industry. The cards shown here feature photographs from the Peck’s Bad Boy movie which was released in 1921.

I do not know how many cards are in the set. The six cards shown here are numbered between 15 and 26. They are 1.875″ x 2.5″.