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Tambo: His Jokes and Funny Sayings
Tambo: His Jokes and Funny Sayings
Minstrel show joke book copyright 1882. Appears unread. Near mint to mint condition.

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This might be the only remaining stock of these unread vintage books. The books are fragile but in near mint to mint condition. They really belong in a museum. Get this collector's item now while they last.

Some copies show foxing, corner chipping and other minor blemishes which is to be expected from a 19th century paperback book. A few reveal slight rusting on binding staples from decades in storage at the Wehman Brothers warehouse. All copies are legible. Cover might show lighter or darker ink color. Some covers printed slightly askew.

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Tambo: His Jokes and Funny Sayings
By Bobby Newcomb
Published by Wehman Brothers (copyright 1882)

Did you ever wonder what kind of jokes and stories Mister Tambo told at those mysterious old-time minstrel shows? If so, then this rare vintage nineteenth century joke book is for you. Originally published for wannabe minstrels and amateur endmen, the book is steeped with gags, stump speeches, and funny stories.

About the Author
Bobby Newcomb was a master song and dance man who appeared with many leading minstrel troupes including: Alhambra Minstrels, Arlington Minstrels, Backus' Original Minstrels, Carncross & Dixey's Minstrels, Haverly's Minstrels, Hooley's
Minstrels, Raynor-Christy Minstrels, Rumsey & Newcomb's Campbells, and the San Francisco Minstrels.

He also composed the tune Song with Waltz Chorus in 1877. The song became a hit recording a century later (1970s) by Eddie Coffey in Newfoundland under the title Sweet Forget-Me-Not.

Organized in Two Sections
  • Hints to the Minstrel Stage
    • Minstrelsy - Past and Present
    • Inducements
    • To Be Avoided
    • What Line To Adopt
    • Organization
    • The First Part
    • The Middle Man
    • The Quartette
    • Variety, Or Music Halls
    • Travelling Companies
    • End Men
    • Banjo Playing
    • Stump Speeches
    • Burlesque Ballads
    • The Song and Dance
    • The Prima Donna
    • Burnt Cork
    • Costume
    • Conclusion
  • His Jokes and Funny Sayings
The beautifully illustrated cover shows a nice drawing of Mister Tambo. Inside are sixty pages of jokes and stories plus four pages of advertisements. The backcover illustration depicts a full minstrel circle (showing two Mister Bones stage right and two Mister Tambos stage left) plus a pit orchestra.

What exactly will you find in this book? Below is a description from a period advertisement that spells out all the details.

This title scarcely conveys the idea of the immense variety of material for minstrel shows that this book presents. It contains, besides many other valuable points, the art of telling funny end-men's stories and gags in a proper manner, how to "spring a joke," etc. Bobby Newcomb, the deceased celebrated minstrel and author of this work, gives in one portion of this book, in clear and simple language, and in full detail, instructions for the amateur, so that any person following them carefully cannot fail to become successful in this branch of the profession. It also contains a large number of "rip-tearing," "hot-time," "side-splitting" jokes and witticisms; a large variety of the latest mirth-provoking talk for Tambo, also the cream of "tried and true" roaring stump speeches, burlesque sermons, etc.

  • Gags: Packed with end man gags.
  • Stump Speeches: Includes "'Fish.' - A Stump Speech," plus others.
  • Condition: Fragile.
  • Grading: Near mint to mint. Appears never read.
  • Illustrations: Covers and ad pages only.

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