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Agreement between the Theatre Owners Booking Association and Ben Stein, 1928 Mar. 9

author: Theatre Owners Booking Association; Stein, Ben; Douglass Theatre (Macon, Ga.)
extent: [1] p.
date: March 9, 1928
summary: Agreement between the Theatre Owners Booking Association (T.O.B.A.), a Tennessee-based booking agency from 1920 to the 1930s for African American vaudeville acts, and Ben Stein, owner and manager of the Douglass Theatre, pertaining to the scheduled appearance of Ida Cox, Dick and Dick, Ed Pete, Johnson and Johnson, and Tressie Legge, dated March 9, 1928. The agreement shows that the performance spans three days, April 9 to April 11, 1928, and indicates that the performers will share fifty percent of the revenue as salary in addition to a five percent commission. The address for tickets is listed as Eighty-One Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Charles F. Bailey, known for being hard on performers, ran the white-owned Eighty-One Theatre, located on Decatur Street. The Douglass Theatre was a shareholder member of the circuit. According to Billboard Magazine, Cox, a popular blueswoman, was among the most popular T.O.B.A. acts in 1925.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
box: 20
folder: 193
item: 17

Macon (Ga.)
Bibb County (Ga.)
Atlanta (Ga.)
Fulton County (Ga.)
Douglass Theatre (Macon, Ga.)
Reevin, Sam E.
Theatre Owners Booking Association
Legge, Tressie
Eighty-one Theatre (Atlanta, Ga.)
Cox, Ida, d. 1889-1967
Dick and Dick
Pete, Ed
Johnson and Johnson
African American entertainers--United States
Entertainment events--Georgia

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Date] [typewritten text: March 9th, 1928.] [printed text: 192 [blank on form]
To] [typewritten text: Mr. Ben Stein,
Douglass] [printed text: Theatre] Macon [printed text: City] [typewritten text: Ga. [Georgia]] [printed text: State]

[typewritten text: 3 days] [printed text: [deleted text: Week of]] [typewritten text: APRIL 9th -- 10th -- & 11th] [printed text: 192] [typewritten text: 8]

[printed text: Name of Act][printed text: Salary][printed text: Commission][printed text: Address for Tickets]
[typewritten text: Ida Cox & Piano Accompanist --][printed text: $] [typewritten text: 50%][printed text: $] [typewritten text: 5%][typewritten text: Eighty-One Theatre, Atlanta, Ga. [Georgia]]
[typewritten text: Dick and Dick]   
[typewritten text: Ed Pete --]   
[typewritten text: Johnson and Johnson]   
[typewritten text: Miss Tressie Legge]   
[printed text: TOTAL][printed text: $] [typewritten text: 50%][printed text: $] [typewritten text: 5%] 

[printed text: Remarks:] [blank on form]
[printed text: 5M 2-26 ANGEL-CHATTA]