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1896 Lewis Morrison Faust Production Celluloid Advertising Pin Back Button
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This item is already sold1896 Lewis Morrison Faust Production Celluloid Advertising Pin Back Button
Lewis Morrison   Actor   Acting   Faust   Theatre   Theater   Play   Production   Celluloid   Advertising   Pin Back Button   Religion   Religious   Devil   Character   History   Historic   Nostalgic
The picture shows a front and back view of this 1896 Lewis Morrison Faust Production Celluloid Advertising Pin Back Button. This pinback button was part of a large 1896 pin collection that we had acquired. This colorful pin back button features Lewis Morrison in costume as the Devil. It is imprinted in red and black on a white background. It has a paper insert in the back. It is marked on the two sides as follows:

MORRISON'S
ORIGINAL PRODUCTION
* FAUST *

THE WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO.
NEWARK, N.J.
PATENTED
JULY 17, 1894.
JULY 21, 1896.

The pin back button measures 7/8'' wide. It appears to be in near mint to mint condition with only light age discoloration on the paper insert as pictured. Below here, for reference, is some additional information on Morris W. Morris, also known as Lewis Morrison:

Morris W. Morris
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Morris W. Morris as Mephistopheles in Faust

Born: 1845 Jamaica
Died: August 20, 1906 Long Island, New York
Occupation: Stage Actor

Morris W. Morris, known as Lewis Morrison onstage, born on September 4, 1845, Jamaica, West Indies, died on 20 August 1906, New York, was a stage actor best known for his longtime performance in the role of ''Mephistopheles'' in ''Faust''. Morris was of English and Spanish ancestry.

Morris served in the United States army, as a Lieutenant in the Louisiana Native Guards, during the Civil War. The Guard, based in New Orleans, had officers comprised of free blacks in New Orleans and the surrounding area. During the beginning of the Civil War, the Louisiana Guard promptly switched allegiances to the Union, and its officers became the first black officers in the Union army.

He was married to English born actress Rose Wood, and by her was the father of actress Adrienne Morrison; and the grandfather of actresses Barbara Bennett, Joan Bennett and Constance Bennett, and the great-grandfather of Morton Downey, Jr..

After the Civil War, he became a stage actor first performing in New Orleans beginning in minor roles with Edwin Booth (Brother of John Wilkes Booth) and Charlotte Cushman until he was featured in larger parts. He became a well known actor in New Orleans and moved on to the New York stage where he gained greater fame in ''Faust''. He eventually founded his own traveling theater troupe and traveled the world playing the role of ''Mephistopheles'' in ''Faust''. His theater posters have been preserved by the American Archives and can be accessed on line.

He was the grandfather of Hollywood film actresses Joan Bennett and Constance Bennett. He was the great-grandfather of Television talk show host, Morton Downey, Jr., and of renowned plaintiffs' labor attorney, Philip A. Downey. He is buried in a mausoleum in Nepperhan Heights, New York.

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1896 Lewis Morrison Faust Production Celluloid Advertising Pin Back Button


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