In order to market the play
the production companies published various types of advertising
ephemera. Playbills and advertising cards are the most frequently found
a. Atkinson Comedy Company (two styles)
The Atkinson Comedy Company was the authorized production company for
the Peck's Bad Boy play. It was written by Charles Pidgin and approved
by George W. Peck. I have seen two formats of advertising trade cards.
These two cards below note the Peck's Bad Boy play taking place at the
Wagner Opera House. Both of these cards have the same reverse
advertising. I am not sure in what year these cards were used. May 30th
was on a Friday in 1884, 1890 and 1902.
The other Atkinson trade cards are much more commonly found. There are
a number of cartoon fronts. The ads on the back are not set with any
particular front but rather appear to be randomly placed.
These three cards were used to advertise productions at the
People's Theatre in St. Louis. One of the cards actually is dated:
Feb'y 21, 1886.
b. Geo. W. Heath Manager trade cards
George W. Heath had the rights to the Peck's Bad Boy play in the
1890's. Here are several examples of trade cards used to promote his
productions. The ads on the back of the cards were randomly placed on
I assume that I have not seen all of the cards produced. Here are four
that I know exist.
c. Unknown theatrical company
This 4" x 2.5" card advertises a Peck's Bad Boy play at the People's
Theatre. No theatrical company is noted.The front cover of
the card appears generic and not directly related to Peck.
Peck's Bad Boy was produced by numerous small companies during the 20th
century. Here is an interesting trade card (5.5 x 3.5). I have no idea
about its origin.
(This may be advertising one of the Peck movies.)