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Enjoy a freewheeling minstrel recording from 1898 by the Imperial Minstrels.

Imperial Minstrels

Company Columbia Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 13008
Category Minstrels
Title Imperial Minstrels – Mamie Reilly
Performed by Len Spencer & Steve Porter
Circa 1898
Announcement "Imperial Minstrels, introducing their original minstrel first part, for Columbia Phonograph Company of New York and Paris."

With wild jokes and offbeat humor, these wax cylinder recordings in the style of minstrel shows of the day are often great fun to listen to.

Note the profuse and forced belly laughs by Spencer!

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