The Mallory Brothers: Big Acts of the Minstrel and Vaudeville Stage

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Frank and Edward Mallory were big names of the minstrel and vaudeville stage. The two appeared from the early 1880s to the early 1900s. They often used saxophones, handbells, and other brass instruments. After the brothers married, their wives were included in the act.

The Mallory Brothers began their careers with Billy Kersands’ Genuine Colored Minstrels. After that stint, they found a 20-week season with Richards & Pringle’s Minstrel Show, they then went on to join The Creole Show.

In the early 1900s, they joined the King Rastus show (1900-1902) along with their wives. They were later a featured act with the Fenberg Stock Co. (a white company), from 1902 -1904. And finally took their novelty musical act on tour of the Orpheum Circuit (a chain of white-owned vaudeville and movie theatres) until the death of Frank’s wife in 1906. The remaining three retired from the business and made Jacksonville, Florida their home.



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